NICK COWDY / Residential Sales Consultant, Principal Agent

Summer brings with it a promise of warm, lazy afternoons, barbeques with friends, and evenings spent under the stars. As we bid farewell to the chill of winter and welcome the warmth, it’s essential to prepare our homes for the season of sun and fun. Gearing up for summer isn’t just about pulling out the patio furniture – it’s a chance to rejuvenate and refresh our living spaces, both inside and out. In this guide, we’ll walk you through some key steps to get your home summer-ready, ensuring you can relax and enjoy every sun-soaked moment.

One of the first steps to embrace summer is to bring your garden back to life. Start by assessing your garden beds – are there any winter casualties among your plants? Replace them with summer-loving varieties that thrive in longer daylight hours. Consider adding a mix of perennials and annuals for a colourful display that lasts the entire season.

Weeding is an unavoidable task, but regular weeding keeps your garden healthy and prevents invasive species from taking over. Use a hoe or hand tools for larger areas and hand-pull weeds in more delicate or crowded spaces. Remember, the key to effective weeding is consistency.

Your outdoor furniture has likely been in hibernation and might be looking a bit worse for wear. Start by giving everything a good wipe down. For plastic and metal furniture, a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap usually does the trick. Use a soft brush to scrub away stubborn dirt and rinse thoroughly. Wooden furniture may require a bit more TLC – consider using a wood cleaner and apply a new coat of sealer or paint if necessary. Don’t forget your outdoor cushions! Most can be cleaned with a simple soap solution, but always check the manufacturer’s instructions first.

The exterior of your home has braved the elements all year round, so it deserves a good clean. You can start by washing the windows – a squeegee and a solution of vinegar and water can leave them sparkling. For the siding, a pressure washer can be highly effective, but be careful to use the right setting to avoid damage. Focus on areas that are prone to dirt and grime accumulation, like eaves and door frames. If you’re not comfortable using a pressure washer, a long-handled, soft-bristled brush with soapy water works well too.

Nothing says summer like the smell of a barbeque! Start by inspecting your grill. If you have a gas grill, check the gas lines and connections to ensure everything is secure and leak-free. For cleaning, remove the grates and soak them in a mixture of hot water and grease-cutting dish soap. Scrub off the residue with a grill brush or crumpled aluminium foil. Don’t forget to clean the burners and the inner parts of the grill. Finish by wiping down the exterior with a suitable cleaner and polish any stainless-steel surfaces.

Preparing your home for summer might seem like a daunting task, but it’s worth the effort. A well-maintained outdoor space can become a haven for relaxation and entertainment during the warm months. By following these steps, you’ll not only enhance the appearance of your home but also create a comfortable and inviting environment to enjoy summer to its fullest.

Remember, the key to a summer-ready home is not just in the big gestures but also in the small details that make your space uniquely yours. So, grab those gardening gloves, fire up the grill, and get ready to soak up the sun!