Keeping up with the Jones’
The start of a new spring season, usually means the start of a long list of jobs to do on the house and in the garden, writes Tracy Hargreaves
Keeping on top of your home and garden on a regular basis, will not only retain your property’s value, but will make sure that small jobs such as leaks, cracks, peeling wallpaper, overgrown shrubs and broken fences don’t get worse the longer you leave them.
Start by making a list of all the things that you think might need doing, room by room, inside and out and prioritise them. How big are the jobs? When was the last time you decorated in the room? Does it just need a touch up or a full-blown makeover? Are the jobs something you can do yourself, or are they bigger jobs where you need to get tradespeople in. If so, you will need to plan ahead. Good tradespeople get booked up in advance. This might be an opportunity for you to save up, but also it means a delay in starting the work and you might want to work on something else in the meantime.
Once you’re happy with your internal list, move outside to the garden. If you have a broken fence or wall that you share with your neighbour, ask would they mind sharing the cost. They might even help you repair it, saving on getting someone in.
Cut back any overgrown shrubs and give your lawn its first cut. Your garden will look better instantly. Have a blitz on those winter weeds and look at planting some spring hanging baskets, although be wary of those late frosts which can hang around until April/May.
It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on rotting soffits and gutters and any loose roof tiles and get them fixed while the weather is good. Are your windows and doors secure?
It’s always nice to drive up to a house that looks well looked after. Does it need a lick of paint outside? A good driveway can look amazing and add value to your property, but a welcome driveway sets the tone for the rest of your home so is worth the investment. Look at the different options available, from tarmac to gravel, brick to flags, block paving to asphalt and see which is more practical for you.
So, get your DIY hat on and spring into action this season.