Summer is on our doorstep and for homeowners this brings the opportunity to give your home a fresh makeover, ready for those balmy summer evenings and lazy hazy sunny afternoons.
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. Summer is a rainbow of colours and beautiful flowers and foliage does something for your wellbeing. Plant some seeds or flower seedlings for both inside and out for an instant makeover. If you love fresh veggies and herbs, consider sowing some in planter boxes in your garden or kitchen. Not only do they taste better than anything you'll buy in the shop, but they add a radiance of colour.
Prepare for the Summer Guests
In Cape Agulhas and Struisbaai, homeowners are well versed in receiving friends and family over the summer months, coming to enjoy our beautiful beaches and catching a fish or two from the harbour pier. Now is a good time to spruce up your guest rooms. Simple things can make a big difference. Like changing the linens to a lighter fabric. Opening your windows at every opportunity to let in the fresh air and sun. Giving the windows a really good clean. Adding a colourful rug, bright soft towels or throw pillows, will make this room fresh and inviting for your summer guests.
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 and make sure your irrigation system is in proper working order. Consider investing in a Rainwater Harvesting Tank or Greywater System to save water around your home and keep your garden green and lush.