It may not feel like summer is on its way. After all, we have just experienced the joys of the Beast from the East. It still feels like we are stuck in the middle of winter! However, the sunshine will get here before you know it, and so it is important to be prepared. There are a number of different tweaks, tasks and upgrades that homeowners should carry out before the summer comes. Read on to discover what you need to add to your to-do list.
Winter stuff out, summer stuff in
Let’s start with the most obvious point, and this is organising your home so that your winter stuff is safely packaged away and your summer stuff is now within easy reach. Start with your clothing. Plastic vacuum pouches work really good for those who do not have a lot of storage space. You can fit loads of clothes within one vacuum storage bag, and then the vacuum sucks the air out of the bag so that it is sealed tightly and takes up minimal space. You then may want to re-organise your kitchen too. After all, you probably have a few items that you use more in the summer and less in the winter. You may want to put your crock pot away and replace it with your smoothie blender, for example! Aside from this, make sure there is plenty of room in your freezer. Now would be a good time to defrost your freezer fully so that you can get rid of any ice that has built up over the winter. Not only this, but you are going to want to have plenty of rooms for ice lollies and ice cream.
Stock up on summer essentials
Make a list of all of the items you are going to need for the summer, and stock up on them. This includes everything from sunblock and insect repellent to picnic blankets and beach towels. You need to make sure you are summer-ready. Most people have the habit of only buying things as and when they need them. However, buying sunblock once you are sunburnt is never the best idea!
Make your garden a place of comfort
You need to get your garden ready for the summer as well. This is going to be the most important ‘room’ in your home by the time the sunshine comes out. It is important to focus on low maintenance options when preparing your garden. The last thing you want is to spend your entire summer getting rid of weeds and keeping up with garden maintenance. You should also consider planting some night-scented flowers, such as honeysuckle and jasmine. In terms of bringing the comfort outdoors, you will need to have a nice and cosy seating area. You can make it comfortable in the same manner that you would a living room, i.e. add some scatter cushions and get an outdoor rug. Of course, these items are going to be exposed to the elements, so don’t spend a lot of money.
Get your air conditioning units serviced
If you rely on air conditioning to cool your home, make sure you get it serviced before the warm weather arrives. The last thing you want is for your air conditioning units to let you down bang in the middle of summer. Homeowners are meant to have their air conditioning units serviced every year to prolong the life of them and ensure they are working efficiently. Plus, you will be able to pick up on any problems early so that they do not get more troublesome and more expensive.
Let there by light
Is your home a bit dull? If so, this is probably because there is a lack of natural light. Replacing your windows is a big commitment, but it is one that is certainly worthwhile. You may even want to consider having skylights installed if you have a room in the loft. Aluminium windows make a great choice for any room in the home because you can have them adorned in any manner you wish. More importantly, there are ultra-slim frame options available, which means you can let as much natural light into the room as possible.
Get the paintbrush out
Last but not least, now is the perfect time to do a little bit of painting. It is likely that outdoor elements like your fence are going to need a bit of freshening up; especially after the harsh weather we have had as of late. Your gate, fence, and any other wooden elements are likely to be looking a bit dull and weathered. Whenever you paint wood, make sure you treat it too so that it is protected. You should also consider painting your home if you have a dark or harsh colour palette. Light pastels and neutral shades are a must during the warmer months. Plus, you will give your home a fresh look with ease, which can make it feel like a brand new place!
As you can see, there are a number of recommended tasks to carry out before the summer comes. From organising your clothing to preparing your garden area, it can seem like a lot of work. But it will all be worth it when you are sitting outside and enjoying a nice glass of wine or a cocktail while the sun shines down! Sounds bliss, right? So, what are you waiting for! Time to start making inroads on your new to-do list.