14 Ways To Get Your Home Ready For Spring
After months of being cooped up in our homes, we’re all hanging out for those days where we can spread out into our outdoor spaces and soak up some warmer weather — bring on spring and summer!
Often the transition between winter and spring means that our gardens and outdoor areas need a little bit of extra TLC to get them in a perfectly liveable condition.
If you’re not quite sure where to start, we’ve got some suggestions for you — and don’t worry, most of these you can do as a DIY project, saving some cash and giving you a new project to be proud of!
Give Your Garden a Makeover
In winter, your garden spaces can get a little unruly due to the extra rainfall and bad weather pulling branches and leaves down.
Start your journey into spring by giving your garden an overhaul — mow the lawns, weed your garden beds, and trim your hedges.
You’ll be surprised by how much this can open your space up — you might even see room for a potential new living area, like a verandah or patio!
Choose The Right Plants
Spring is the PERFECT time to plant your veggies, herbs and flowers to have fresh produce flourishing in time for summer.
Do some research to avoid wasting money, and buy the correct plants for your space and climate.
It’s always a good idea to check what kind of sun and shade your garden gets each day, as well as what items you’ll be able to utilise in summer too!
Trim The Trees Surrounding Your Home
During spring and summer, a lot of the trees can dry out and cause the branches to splinter and become frail.
It’s a good idea to keep any foliage around your home trimmed back incase of breakage.
You don’t want a branch falling and causing large levels of damage to your roof.
Keeping the surrounding area manicured also means less levels of debris falling on your roof and filling up your gutters, so its win-win!
Inspect Your Roof
Once the weather starts to get warmer and clear up of rain, it’s the ultimate time to give your roof a check over.
Bad weather can pull off shingles or leave nails exposed — both issues that can cause damage if left long-term.
Our team at All Type Roofing are professional at conducting roof repairs if you find something amiss.
Identifying a roofing problem can be difficult, especially with a lack of experience.
A professional inspection is safe, and our experienced roofers know exactly what to look for to identify any problems.
Pre-emptive roof repairs can save you time, money and hassle (and can help to avoid a full roof replacement, where possible).
Check Your Air Conditioner
Spring is also a great time to check your aircon to make sure it doesn’t have any obstructions up against it (like fallen branches or twigs), as this can be a potential fire hazard.
Give the filters a clean out as well, to keep your unit in tip top shape and pumping out cold air throughout the hot summer days.
You might think that insulating your home is really only necessary in winter to keep it warm inside, but it also can work the opposite way too!
Make sure that your home has proper insulation underneath your roofing to protect you against the hot summer sun, keeping the inside nice and cool without cranking the air conditioner all day long — this is fantastic to keep your electricity bills down too!
Re-stock Your Warm Weather Essentials
With the warmer weather comes more casual social events, like impromptu afternoon drinks or barbeque dinners (in line with 2020 restrictions, of course!).
It’s a good idea to keep all the essentials on hand for these occasions — some of the items to store away include mosquito repellent and coils, barbeque meats in the freezer, a full gas bottle, and even an emergency stash of drinks.
If you’ve got an outdoor living space without much garden attached, make sure to add some greenery in pot plants or floral arrangements on your table.
The addition of plants (living or fake) gives the area a spring glow without the hassle of building a garden bed.
If you are working with limited space, hanging plants are a great alternative to keep the floor space to a maximum without sacrificing those leafy greens.
Do a Deep Clean
Due to rain and wind, it’s not unusual for your outdoor area to be coated in a layer of dust and dead leaves.
Dedicate some time to a deep clean in your outdoor area, including using a blower vac to sweep a lot of the dry items out and then following up with a pressure hose to lift those stubborn stains on your pavers and outdoor walls.
If after all that, you’re still left with dirt marks, perhaps consider a lick of paint to spruce the area up and make it look as good as new.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Throughout winter, your gutters generally fill up with a lot of debris, such as dead leaves and small twigs.
In some cases, birds also build their nests in gutters, completely blocking the waterway.
The dryer weather is a good time to clean out your gutters completely to avoid any water leaking and damage to your home, ready to start fresh again the following winter.
If you’re living in an area with high wind levels even in summer, check your gutters and clean them out more regularly.
Clean Your Windows
It’s not appealing to anyone to look outside and see dirt streaks and dust everywhere — even if this is only coating your windows.
Your outdoor area will look much more appealing to spend time in if you’re peeking at it through glistening clean windows every day!
Invest In New Accessories
Outdoor furniture is designed to be able to withstand some bad weather, so make sure you’re investing in good quality materials like sturdy timber or aluminium.
Treating yourself to new outdoor furniture makes the space feel new and exciting, and a place that you want to spend more time in.
If you’re on a tight budget and unable to afford new furniture, give your existing pieces a revamp by replacing the cushions or DIYing some new, colourful cushion covers.
These days, you can also get inventive and make your own outdoor furniture from materials such as old crates or pallets too — like this DIY wooden pallet wine bar!
Protect Your Roofing
Spring is the ultimate time to perform any additional work on your roof, while the probability of good weather is high!
Over time, the sun’s UV rays can cause damage to your roofing materials, reducing their longevity.
Chat to a professional from our team about applying protective materials like aluminium cover to lengthen its lifespan before the next hit of bad weather.
Speaking of performing work on your roof, if your roof is over 20 years old or showing signs of wear and tear, consider replacing the roof completely. Our team at All Type Roofing are experts at providing you with the perfect new roof for your weather climate and conditions, including:
- Corrugated iron re-roofing
- Full tiled roof restoration
- Roof repairs
- Timber facia replacement
- Tile to iron roofing conversion
Spring & Summer Ready!
Whether you’re looking to add value to your home, or for a hobby, these 14 things will get your home ready for the warmer months that are just around the corner.