Summer is almost here and the weather is looking up. The evenings are brighter which means the days feel longer, not to mention the freedom that comes with being able to go outside and make the most of the warmer climate.
One way you can really maximise the summer weather is to get cracking on a list of DIY projects. There are some jobs that you will be able to do all year round, but there are others that require dry, stable weather in order to do them to a high finish.
If you have a free evening or weekend coming up, here are some DIY jobs you can easily tick off this summer.
1. Exterior Painting
Painting your house isn’t an every-year job, but if your home looks a bit weathered and worse for wear, summer is the prime time to give it a lick of paint and a fresh lease of life. You can hire a professional company to do this for you, but if you’re ladder savvy and have the correct safety precautions in place, or if you live in a single-storey home, you can definitely try and do it yourself.
Whilst the searing heat will make sweaty work of the job at hand, it’s the best time to paint your house because the paint will try quickly and you don’t need to combat rain, wind, snow, or other adverse weather conditions that will potentially ruin the finish and make it an unsafe endeavor.
When painting, remember to always have someone else present for ladder spots, use a harness if you have one, apply plenty of sun cream and cover your neighbor’s boundary so you don’t get paint on their side. Using the gutter as a guide is a good way to establish where your house ends and theirs begins.
In addition to your house, summer is the perfect time to rejuvenate your shed and fence(s), too!
2. Interior Cleansing
Does your home suffer from condensation-induced black mould? If so, summer is the best time to scrub it off, fix your décor and implement new ventilation habits that will keep your home mould free.
Black mould is often caused by bad ventilation through not opening windows and vents and not using an extractor fan in areas such as the kitchen or bathroom. If you have good ventilation and are still suffering from black mould, there might be a cause that is more serious than condensation. In this case, you will need professional help to get rid of the problem at its source.
Nevertheless, black mould typically leaves visible damage on décor which means whatever the cause is, summer is a great time to find out the root cause and treat the issue.
3. Fix Guttering
Autumn and winter bring excessive foliage fall, lots of debris such as twigs and branches, and an abundance of ice. All of the above spell bad news for your gutters. When it comes to summer, you might find that your gutters are blocked in parts thanks to the mess from the cooler months, so it’s no surprise that summer is the best time to clear your gutters.
It’s a good idea to try and clean them every other month or at the end of every season. Blocked gutters can wreak havoc on your home, causing damp and other damage to the exterior of your home, so it’s all the more important to keep on top of cleaning them.
These are just a few of the jobs you can tick off your DIY list this summer. Other jobs include anything garden-related and major things like window replacements or kitchen/bathroom renovations (it’s best to do these things when it’s warmer outside).
What DIY jobs will you be ticking off this summer?
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