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Home DIY essentials

Summer is the perfect time to do all those DIY jobs, especially all those external jobs that need doing around the garden and outside of the house. Here are some handy tips to help you keep your home in good condition.

Outdoor lighting

Clean outside light fittings and check all bulbs are in working order. If any need replacing, opt for energy efficient alternatives to reduce your electricity bill.

Exterior appearance

Give your home a little TLC. Clean or touch up paintwork, wipe down uPVC windowsills and doors, re-stain woodwork and replace door furniture to give your home exterior a fresh new look.

The lawn

If you want healthy well-kept-grass, then get the mower out, and keep getting it out. Regularly mowing your lawn is a great way to keep it looking good. Remember it is best to cut short and often.

Cutting back

Don’t let trees and bushes start to grow against your home. Your walls should be kept clear to help prevent damp problems. Take a stroll around your house and wherever branches are getting close, give them a trim with your shears.


If your decking is looking a bit tired after winter then give it a refresh. Use a high pressure washer or warm water mixed with a little household cleaner. A stiff brush can shift any bits of dirt or moss stuck in the grooves. When you’re finished rinse everything with fresh water, then leave to dry.


Summer is the best time to paint your windows to make sure that they go on looking good for longer. Remember to remove or cover all the locks and handles before starting, to make the job a little easier.


After the onslaught of winter, exposed brickwork can crumble and begin to absorb moisture. So take a look for any problem areas around the outside of your house and seal them to avoid any weather damage.

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