At last! Spring is on its way and we offer budget-friendly ideas to give your home a spruce up.
Winter can be hard on our homes, and as the weather warms up it pays to spend some time on maintenance to get your place in great shape for Spring.
Here are some simple solutions to help get your home looking spick and span.
Leaf-filled gutters don’t just prevent good water flow, they can trap moisture leading to damp and mildew or be a fire hazard in bushfire prone areas. Give the gutters a decent clean out, add some mesh to repel leaves and check that all joins in the pipework are tight.
Embrace the warmth of natural lighting by giving your home’s windows a thorough clean – it’s also a great opportunity to check for cracked glass and splintered panes. With the windows looking their best, pack away heavy drapes and add some sheer lacy curtains to brighten your home’s interior.
Show your walls some love
Examine exterior walls for chipped or cracked paint. Exposed wood can quickly rot in the humidity of summer, so roll up your sleeves and sand, prime and repaint any bare patches. Wash the remaining painted surfaces with sugar soap to brighten up the exterior or consider giving the place a fresh new colour altogether.
Trim trees and shrubs
Some plants may not have made it through winter; others will be ready to burst into bloom. Remove dead plants, and trim overgrown trees, vines and shrubs, especially those that are close to your home as they can attract unwanted pests. If budget permits, you might like to take action and spruce your garden with new plants.
Keep the air clean
Now’s the time to clean ceiling fans and change air conditioner filters. Not only will this ensure cleaner air, it will also help the appliances to run more smoothly and potentially save on energy bills. Give fly screens a thorough scrub as they too can accumulate dirt and grime.
Make your home drip-free
Leaking faucets, blocked drains and dripping taps all have one thing in common – they’re a minor problem that can quickly become a major headache. Check behind your washing machine, under the kitchen sink or around the dishwasher and water heater for any signs of leaks. Dripping water doesn’t just mean higher water bills; it can create areas of damp, which over time can affect the structural integrity of your home as well as attracting pests like cockroaches. If there are leaks you can’t fix, call in a plumber.
Take a look at our free Spring Cleaning Checklist for more tips.
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