When winter has all but passed, making sure your outdoor space is ready for spring is practically essential maintenance. The sun is out so it’s time to make the most of spending time outside with friends and family. Here are some ideas to get you started on creating an outdoor living space worthy of the season.
Spring cleaning is your first task to prepare an outdoor living space. Gutters need cleaning out to remove debris from the winter. You can clear out most debris by hand, making sure to wear protective gloves. Once you have removed any large pieces of debris, use a garden hose to flush loose dirt out of gutters and downpipes. This job will also allow you the opportunity to carry out a visual roof inspection for loose or damaged shingles.
You can then pressure wash the exterior of your home which has the additional benefit of allowing you to inspect paintwork. Exercise care when using power washing equipment on external surfaces. Reduce the pressure so that you don’t inadvertently damage paint or siding. You will also need to inspect your maintenance equipment to make sure it is ready for spring chores.
Consider Purchasing New Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor furniture that isn’t designed to endure the elements will fade or rust. For a truly relaxing spring outdoors, consider purchasing new garden furniture that is stylist, weather-resistant, and durable. If you are working with a budget, concentrating on centrepiece furniture is a good place to start. Items such as garden tables, chairs and loungers are important, whereas you don’t need to splash out on items such as gazebos or sunshades.
Revamp your Planters
Are your planters faded or stained by moss? New planters can really improve the look of your outdoor living space and give plants a home makeover. This is a cheap and effective purchase to jazz up your yard. Illuminated planters are a good purchase that are a practical solution when you want to spend evenings out in the garden.
If you don’t already have an outdoor fireplace, ethanol fuelled models provide continuous flames that will create a relaxing atmosphere at night. Propane-fired torches are another garden accessory that can brighten up your evenings outdoors. There are various types of outdoor lighting you can add to make your garden bright and welcoming. You can choose between portable or fixed lighting, using real flames or powered by electricity.
If your outdoor cushions have been left out in the elements or stored in a shed, they are probably musty mouldy, and faded. You can give them a good scrub and soak them in a soapy solution or if there’s no chance of resurrection, consider picking up some colourful replacement cushions. Most garden centres now stock outdoor furnishings that are weather-resistant, so your cushions won’t fade or deteriorate come rain or shine.
Pool Ready for Spring
If you have a pool, it is time to carry out some essential maintenance and cleaning tasks. You should never go swimming in a pool that has been unused over the winter. Houspect has you covered with these 15 Pool Maintenance Tips.
If you are considering installing a pool, decking, patio or any other major project this spring, you may need a building inspection. Reach out to Houspect in the Northern Territory for advice and guidance on all your building inspection needs.