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Preparing your home for spring and summer

There’s a definite chill in the air, but with Christmas a distant memory, the New Year in full swing and the snow turning to sludge, glimpses of spring are appearing. Before you know it, it’ll soon be time to open up the patio doors, gather everyone together and enjoy hazy evenings of barbeques and cool drinks.

If you’re planning to refresh your home, now is the perfect period to start thinking about contacting people to carry out bricklaying jobs, de-cluttering the house ready for a thorough spring clean and mulling over garden and interior designs to usher in the warmer months.

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Finding a tradesman

If you’re looking for builders or bricklayers, it’s always a good idea to ask friends or colleagues for recommendations or use a trusted website, which provides details and reviews of local tradesmen, including carpenters and joiners in your area. You can tailor your search to meet your individual needs and read feedback from other clients, helping you to narrow down the choices and give you peace of mind. You can also bypass the hassle of having to ring around individuals or businesses by posting your job and waiting for interested parties to get in touch with a quote.

Spring cleaning

If you’re familiar with the scenario of shelves over-flowing, Christmas gifts still sitting in their boxes and piles of clothes, CDs and decorations sat casually around the house, you may be looking forward to a major spring clean.

The first glimpses of spring indicate the perfect time to de-clutter and make your home lighter, brighter and more spacious. There are some amazing storage solutions available today, from fold away drawers and hidden wardrobes, to shelving units and stackable furniture.

As well as doing a great job of storing and displaying your possessions, your furniture can also divide your room into different areas, creating multi-use and functional living spaces.

Bringing the outside in

After seemingly endless months of freezing cold temperatures and dark afternoons, most of us are looking forward to the warm glow of spring and summer and you can make the most of the long evenings and pleasant temperatures by opening up your home and bringing the outside in. This is easily done by putting in French doors, creating airy, light spaces and allowing plenty of natural light to filter through into the home.

Adding large cushions, beanbags, lanterns and willow furniture to your patio will also enable you to soak up every last ray of sunshine and enjoy lazy evenings with friends and family in the garden.

With the excitement of the festive period well and truly over, now is the time to banish winter blues and look forward. By planning in advance, getting building and decorative work sorted and adding a few simple touches to your home, you can swap cosy for cool and start planning garden parties, bank holiday barbeques and sun-soaked evenings.