Summer jobs and home maintenance – someone needs to do it!

Summer jobs and home maintenance – someone needs to do it!

It seems, at long last, that summer is finally here – or at least on it’s way! The temperature is rising, the sun seems to be shining and we’re actually heading out of the house without a coat! Summer is a time for the family to gettogether, lots of picnics and BBQ’s, long days down at the beach or spent in the countryside or heading to local tourist attractions and just enjoying the sunshine.

But, with summer comes great responsibility! Now is the time to tackle all those little home maintenance jobs that have eluded your over the winter months. So, come on, roll up those sleeves and let’s get to it!

Your heating

Most homeowners in the UK tend to turn off the heating around April, and it usually (hopefully) doesn’t come back on again until late September, when autumn finally starts to take hold. So, now is the time to make sure that everything is ready for when Winter rolls around again; that includes bleeding a radiator or two and cleaning out the accumulation of dust and grime in the air vents.
This also means getting a registered professional to come and take a look at your boiler. It’s better to ensure that everything is in fine, working order now, rather than on a cold winters morning when you’re trying to get a hot shower and the kids are hungry and cold! If your boiler seems fine then ensure that your boiler is fully serviced and ready to go.

Sound the alarm

Now is the time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Don’t wait – do it right now and then finish reading!

Wash your windows

Dirt from the road, soil, bird poop, rain water and general dirt and grime easily builds on your windows. So, give yourself a clearer outlook at give your windows a good wash. You’ll be shocked by the difference it makes!

Polish your porch and hallway

From muddy boot prints to the dogs sticky paws, your hallway or porch has gone through a lot these past few, wet months! Now is the time to give them a little TLC. Start by emptying the area and brushing everything down with a stiff brush. Then give the area a good mop down with some all purpose bleach or floor cleaner. If the family shoe situation is getting a little out of hand (shoes piled up by the door) then consider a new storage solution. A show rack or large storage box just for shoes.

Enjoy the air

If you have an outdoor space that’s big enough, consider putting up a clothes line or airier in the back yard. It’ll save you a fortune if you’re not using the drier. Drying clothes indoors can lead to mould and mildew build up and the damp air is not good for anyone’s health. And you’ll find that you get through that ever growing pile of washing a lot quicker too!


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