It is almost that time of the year where millions of South Africans will break away for the summer holidays and spend some well deserved time either at home or on vacation.
For those who are homeowners, here are a few tips you can follow to get your home ready for summer:
Get your Garden Summer-ready
Take a look around your garden and see what areas require attention. During the winter season strong winds, hard rains and cold days cause build-up and debris to pile up around your home. Start clearing out old leaves, branches, and pile-ups that have occurred and spruce up your garden by removing dead trees and flowers and replacing them with new in-season plants.
Freshen Up Inside
Summer is the only time of the year where you can really open up your home completely and not be put off by rain or wind. It is also a good time to do some redecorating – a change in scenery. Whether you are swopping around your living room, adjusting your bedroom or adding a few new things here or there, the smallest change can make the biggest difference and even make the space feel brand new. Try switching your throw pillows and slipcovers with summer-friendly fabrics and add colourful accessories where possible.
Maintain and Upgrade your Home
More and more homeowners are connecting the inside of their homes to the outdoors by building a deck, porch, patio or a pergola. Like most of us, you are probably one of those people who like to spend as much time outdoors as you do spending it at home. Why not combine the best of both worlds? This is also a good time to clean your windows and repair any damages that the winter weather might have caused around your home. For example check and clear gutters, make sure your irrigation system is in proper working order and clear water sludge that can cause one to slip or fall.