We might currently be in the cold grip of winter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to spring!
Ah, that elusive season: the time of year when greenery finally stars to return to the world and the sun starts to peek its head out from behind the clouds. All of this is on the way, we promise!
At the same time, sunshine and warm weather, especially in the UK, are infuriatingly finite. It will be important to enjoy it while you can, so now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can get your home spring-ready.
Do you want to make the most of more daylight? Are you looking forward to getting back into your garden? Could your home do with a refreshing clean to really banish those winter blues? Here are the best ways to get your property ready for spring.
Winters are dark and gloomy, so one of the best ways to bring in the spring is to inject a little colour into your home! You could use the new season as an excuse to give a fresh start to your tired old rooms, or take a more measured approach: accessories like rugs, wall hangings, throws and cushions can do wonders for livening up a property.
An important thing to keep in mind is that you do not need to go overboard. After all, it’s not like we can re-decorate our homes every time the seasons change. New pops of colour can still stick out and make a big difference, so do some research online and choose some pieces that will really help light up your home. If you feel that you need a professional’s help, be sure to book a consultation with a local interior designer.
Cold weather can do terrible things to a building’s exterior, not all of them aesthetic. As winter draws to a close, take the time to inspect your walls - you may find evidence of damp or other damage which will need to be addressed quickly.
Rendering may be decorative, but it also serves as a kind of protective wrapping for your brickwork. If moisture penetrates through, cold weather can cause it to freeze and expand. Even a hairline crack or a small spot where the rendering has fallen away can lead to far more serious, not to mention expensive, issues further down the line.
If you find any issues with your rendering, brick or stone work, be sure to contact a local renderer, builder or stonemason as appropriate to repair the damage. Finding multiple signs could indicate a more serious problem such as subsidence, in which case your first priority should be to have a local surveyor assess the damage.
When spring finally arrives you can open up those windows and enjoy the warm embrace of that elusive yellow ball in the sky, not to mention a welcome breath of fresh air. However, if you want to get the full benefit of all that natural light, you may need to consider getting rid of those heavy winter curtains or blinds.
Uncovering and opening up your windows offers a number of benefits. Aside from lowering your stress levels, natural light can make your home seem more open and airy, making it a more attractive space. You will also be happy to hear that utilising natural light can make a serious dent in your energy bills.
For the sake of enjoying the sunshine while maintaining your privacy, you may also want to consider replacing your winter window coverings with something more translucent. This way, even when the curtains are drawn, your home will still be wonderfully illuminated.
Winter weather does horrible things to a good lawn (especially one which is not properly scarified), but the good news is that once the temperature begins to rise your grass will start to recover. Even better, with just a tiny bit of work you can ensure that it heals in all the right ways, leaving you with an evenly spread and beautiful green lawn.
Over the course of a few weeks, take the time to aerate, de-weed and re-seed your grass as necessary. Try to mow it once a week, making sure to collect the clippings to stop them smothering young shoots. Alternatively, you can always hire a local gardener to help care for your lawn or even to install new turf.
The beginning of spring is an excellent time to take stock of your garden by adding a few new features. This can allow you to reinvent your garden so that by the time the warm weather returns in earnest you can enjoy it to the full.
If you do not have one already, consider installing a patio area or decking. This kind of social space is perfect for enjoying warm evenings. You could go further by investing in new garden furniture (or even your own brick BBQ). Another option is to have a carpenter build some new raised beds for this year’s gardening.
There are a huge number of ways to landscape, from trimming back hedges to adding a water feature. For help with planning, bring your ideas to a local landscape designer.
Another great way to bask in spring is to bring some greenery into your home. Once again, the benefits for this are many: houseplants can help lower your stress levels, improve your outlook and even absorb harmful toxins from the air.
If you have no green thumb to speak of, you will be glad to know that there are a number of low maintenance plants which look fantastic while requiring very little care. Of course, you could always opt for fake plants if you want to enjoy the perks for your decor without giving yourself any extra work to do.
It is also worth mentioning that several household plants have practical uses. Kitchen herb gardens are particularly popular (especially if you go full hipster and reuse old containers for plant pots!)
Everyone has heard of spring cleaning - that time of year where you make whole property spick and span.
Indeed, spring can be an excellent opportunity to get down to the jobs which you forget about the rest of the year. When is the last time you had your carpets deep cleaned or scrubbed the inside of your oven? In your bedroom, use the season as an excuse to clear out and reorganise your wardrobe (you can free up a huge amount of room by donating anything you don’t wear anymore to charity).
Doing all of this is not just about making your mum proud. A full spring clean can be healthy for both the mind and body, giving you a chance to work off some calories and bask in your clutter free home. It can also be the start of some positive habits - once you learn how easy certain jobs can be, you might finally stop putting them off!
At the same time, there is no shame in asking for a bit of help, especially if you have a particularly large home. In a case like this, ask a local cleaner for a quote.