Tag Archive | Summer

5 tips to prepare your backyard for the summer season

Our research shows outdoor maintenance is the most uncompleted job around the home, with around one-fifth of home owners neglecting year-round jobs like tidying unruly backyards, fixing damaged fencing, cleaning gutters and spraying weeds.

With summer just around the corner bringing fire and storm risk – and NSW already experiencing the full effect of a wild weather event – this week we’d like to give you five tips to prepare your home ready for summer and all that it brings.

 

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Clear dry leaves and debris from gutters, and install metal leaf guards if you’re in an area at high risk of bushfire. Gutters blocked by debris can also cause overflowing water to run down the inside of your walls, causing serious damage.

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Lawn maintenance

It’s the simplest thing to do, but people often neglect it. Keep your lawn short and remove any build-up of materials like dry leaves or dead branches that are flammable or can cause damage to your home in strong winds.

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Secure loose items

Keep timber, woodpiles and any flammable materials such as petrol away from the house, covered and secure. Also ensure damaged structures such as fencing are fixed and secure.

If a storm is approaching, ensure all outdoor settings such as table and chairs, clothes line and pot plants are all secure.

 

Backyard drainage

If your backyard is prone to flooding in heavy rainfall, you may need to build water trenches or install a long term drainage solution. These options prevent flash flooding and soil erosion. Speak with your local ‘Hubby’ about the best approach for your backyard.

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Nearest access to water

For those in areas at risk of fires, consider your nearest water access point and ensure you have a long enough hose to reach all sides of your house.

It’s better to be safe than sorry! If you don’t have the time or skills to prepare your home for the summer season, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

The season for home repairs

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Ready to give the house some TLC this summer, but not sure where to start? Whether you want to get the house ready for hosting family and friends at Christmas or you’re using the summer break to get those lingering jobs around the home done, it’s sometimes hard knowing where to start.

This week our Hubbies discuss six common summer maintenance jobs to help bring your home up to scratch.

Deck in check
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As the year goes by, the deck collects things you haven’t had time to clear up or pack away. Use the time now to really get stuck into the deck – clearing clutter and giving it life with decking oil – as this will be a central entertaining spot over summer. Give your local Hubby a call about a professional clean and polish. This will give your deck an instant ‘new’ and ‘fresh’ appearance. He can also repair any loose or damaged floor boards.

 

Outside

By pressure cleaning windows and walls outside the house, external surfaces will be restored and your home will look close to brand new again. The same applies to driveways and footpaths.

 

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With more time spent in the backyard throughout summer, it’s also important to keep your lawn maintained. It’s also snake season, so unruly backyards should be tamed, and free of weeds.

 

Inside

Is the paint starting to peel from your walls, or is the colour of your home looking a bit dull? Avoid getting your hands dirty and have your local Hubby come over to brighten walls inside the house that need a bit of attention.

It’s the small things that count

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Research last year showed that many Aussies left little jobs like fixing the fly screen or a broken towel rack for up to a year to complete. Not to worry if you don’t have the time or skills to fix these nagging jobs, just ask your local Hubby for help.

To have a chat with your local property maintenance expert, call 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

This summer season’s makeover trends

With summer almost upon us, Hire A Hubby thought it might be time to embrace the warm weather with five of the ‘hottest’ home makeover ideas to make the most out of your home.

1. Wall collages

Haven’t had the time to hang those pictures up? Walls looking tired? Why not make a wall collage with photographs of family, friends, travel or artworks and liven up that bare wall. To work out how you want to group your frames, lay the largest on the floor and gradually add the smaller frames. To have your frames professionally aligned and spaced, give your local Hubby a call.

2. Splash of colour

Splashes of colour are on trend at the moment. Whether you’re thinking about painting a feature wall or an entire room, adding colour to a room instantly gives it a bright and fresh look. If you don’t want to paint a whole wall but want to add a splash of colour, consider painting window and door trims bright colours. Traditionally, all of the trim in a home is white, so infuse a space with excitement by painting the trim a fun shade. Have you locally Hubby come around and do it in no time.

3. Create an outdoor retreat

When the weather warms up it’s time to extend your living area outside. It’s easy to transform your outside area into an inviting, comfortable space where you can entertain friends or simply curl up with a book. Alfresco is a huge trend at the moment, so throw open the doors and reclaim open spaces. By giving your outdoor space a fresh coat of paint and investing in indoor-inspired-outdoor-furniture you are on your way to creating your own outdoor retreat ready for summer.

4. Shelving

Another way to liven up a bare wall and create handy storage units is installing shelves. Strategically placing objects and personal belongings on the shelves decorates the wall and at the same time creates storage space for those objects you don’t want to hide away in a cupboard. Having trouble finding where to start? Call Hire A Hubby and tell him your shelving plans.

5. Want less lawn?

If mowing the lawn on a hot summer’s day isn’t appealing to you, why not turn your backyard into a stone and pebble floor feature? Whether covering a large or small area, these floor designs limit the use of water and are much easier to maintain than lawn. Placing plants amongst the pebbles adds texture and colour to the feature. Have your local Hubby come over and talk to you about how to get started and the best stones to choose.

Like these ideas but think you may need some help? Give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Get your deck in check for Summer

If you’re planning on getting the most out of the warmer months, start with the one place you’ll spend most of your time – outside. Decks, patios and verandas are the heart of all Australian homes during summer, but sometimes we neglect them during winter. This week, our Hubbies have some advice to help you get your deck in check.

Sweep clean

To get a good scope of the job at hand, remove leaves and debris. You might be surprised what a good clean can do to improve the appearance of the area. A broom is adequate and a leaf blower is also handy.

De-grease your BBQ area 

Since last summer, you’ve probably got fat splatter and oil built up around the BBQ. The best way to remove it is with a little elbow grease and good scrubbing brush. If your wooden deck is stained or painted, avoid using any detergents that may strip the finish (always do a test patch first). If the stains are really set in you may want to look at using a high pressure hose.

Weathered wood

Australian summer can wreak havoc on a wooden deck. Strong UV exposure and rain can fade, crack, and rot wood but it can easily be restored to its natural beauty with a bit of TLC. Preparing your deck for a recoat can be a time-consuming process to do it properly. It requires preparation, choosing the right decking oil to match your timber and a professional approach to application.

Deckoration!

Is your outdoor area still looking a little old or boring? If cleaning and recoating isn’t enough, try adding the final touches with furniture and potted plants. This might be just what you need to spruce up your outdoor area. New furniture like a sun bed will give you a reason to spend more time outdoors and plants can make the area feel more alive. Be sure to choose plants that require only the care you’re prepared to give!

The appearance of any outside space can be improved with a little attention. Remember our safety tips if using any chemicals to clean and if the job looks too big to handle on your own call your local Hire A Hubby on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.