Autumn is around the corner, and you know what that means – rainy days with lower temperatures are ahead of us. While the sun is still out and you can leave your home with a minimal amount of clothes on you, make sure you take care of all those little things that need to be done around the house. Getting them done in the autumn can be tricky after all, while putting them off until winter can take its toll on your house and your pocket. With that said, here is a list of all those tasks you should take care of before the leaves start to change colour and fall.
Get rid of all that lint
Maybe cleaning your dryer vent isn’t the first chore that comes to mind when you think about end-of-summer cleaning, and you are definitely not the only one. Unfortunately, many homeowners neglect this task, which can result in a dryer fire. Since the last time you took your dryer vent hose apart a lot of items have probably been collected in there, such as paper and even coins. To ensure everything is in order, take an hour of your time to cross this task off your checklist.
Clean the gutters
Before the leaves start to fall and collect in your gutters, make sure you clean them thoroughly. Starting the wetter months with clean gutters is a great practice since it can save you a lot of trouble. Clogged gutters can cause rainwater to soak the ground around your house, which can seriously harm your foundation and cause unnecessary expenses. Dirt, debris, and nests collected in the gutters can all present a hazard, so remove them from these drains before the fall arrives.
Inspect your roof
To clean your gutters, you will need to climb the ladder. When you are already up there, give your roof a good look. Fixing the roof during the winter months is much more expensive, so if some work needs to be done, do not put it off. Speaking of your roof, if you haven’t insulated it by now, consider doing it before autumn. Whether you decide to use foil roll insulation, fiberglass, or insulated panels, you will prevent heat loss, save energy and reduce your bills. Spending a fortune to warm up your home during the winter only to have a quarter of that heat leave your house through the roof seems like a huge waste, so insulating your house on time can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Take care of your yard
You have surely used your patio or deck during the summer, and now it is time to clean them. Get a power washer and remove dirt from your driveway and your home’s exterior, as well. When you are done, see which items in your yard need weatherproofing. A fresh coat of wax or paint is much cheaper than replacing your fence or deck in the spring, so do not postpone this type of work.
Get your HVAC system serviced
When was the last time your HVAC system was thoroughly inspected by a professional and properly serviced? If years are in question, call a professional to see what is lurking in those vents and change the filters. This is especially important if you have asthma because old filters do not remove allergens and particulate matter from the air.
Add natural elements to your home
When you have ensured everything is in order, you can give your home a seasonal makeover. Decorating your home for the fall is all about adding natural elements to your place, such as apples, branches, acorns, and pumpkins. These autumnal items can easily be found (maybe even in your backyard) and cost next to nothing.
Preparing your home for the approaching season is not that difficult if you start on time. Therefore, roll up your sleeves and see what you can take off your maintenance list first.
Jet washing is one of the most efficient ways to perfectly clean the solid surfaces and outdoor furniture in your garden. Water pressure washing has numerous appearance and health-related benefits for your property, and the machinery is relatively easy to use even for beginner gardeners.
With that in mind, check out this extensive list of advantages and learn every important aspect of the process of cleaning with a jet washer.
What is jet washing?
Jet washing is a vital gardening maintenance task that allows people to keep up the great neat looks of their outdoor spaces and keep their garden areas clean.
The procedure is basically blasting water with high pressure to remove bacteria and build-ups from stiff surfaces like driveways, paths, patios, fences, walls, vehicles, and garden furniture. You can use the jet washer on concrete, bricks, wood, and other hard material that needs cleaning.
Everything a person would need for the cleaning process is a jet washer and a reliable water source in the garden. For ultimate squeaky-clean results and best execution, we advise trusting professional gardeners with jet-washing experience.
Advantages of jet washing
Improve the value of many surfaces
The first advantage of jet washing is it improves the value and appearance of surfaces. It makes a huge difference in the condition of your landscape features before and after the treatment. Here are some of the surfaces that could use a deep cleaning with a jet washer to vastly improve their state and make them look brand new:
Patios and decks
Walkways and driveways
Empty pools and water features
Sheds and structures
Jet washing is also a viable way to maintain your garden structures and avoid any potentially costly repairs. It is no secret that dirt build-up, algae and mould growth wear away garden surfaces. Some materials can deteriorate and break down with time if you are not preserving them.
At the same time, constant natural exposure to factors like direct sunlight, heavy rain, and temperature variations can lead to rot, water damage, paint peeling, and more types of surface damage. Jet washing helps reduces the risks of serious structural damageand saves money from extra repairs in the long term.
The best thing about jet washing is the after-cleaning results. Thanks to the high-pressure treatment all germs, mould, stains, paint, mildew, dust, and other build-ups are removed from the surface and cracks of the furniture, features, and hard exteriors in your garden. Your garden space would be clean and polished to perfection.
Another great advantage of jet washing is it saves a lot of time! Like, a lot. If you try to manually deep clean all the surfaces in your backyard, it would not be a joyful experience and it certainly would take at least one whole day. So why go through that hassle when pressure washing can do the job better and in a matter of minutes?
Bye, bye, bacteria
Outdoor features and furniture are constantly exposed to bacteria, and so are you by spending time in the garden. That could lead to some health risks, especially if you have kids on the property that are constantly touching the dirty surfaces. By jet washing these surfaces, you can ensure your family can enjoy their free time in the garden without worrying about germs and excessive dirt.
Sounds like maintenance your garden might benefit from? The experts from Professional Gardening Services UK are ready to respond to your needs and come transform your London backyard with the power of jet washing.
The global pandemic changed the way people view their homes. They want outdoor features that allow them to enjoy life fully even when they must stay home. Outdoor kitchens serve as a good example of an upgrade people are looking to make.
In fact, 82 percent of homeowners surveyed stated that wanted to update their outdoor space. For those looking to incorporate a backyard kitchen into this space, prefab kitchens are an option. So, how do you know if prefab outdoor kitchens are for you?
Research is Key
People looking to purchase a prefab kitchen must first do some research. It’s easy to see a photo of a prefab kitchen and fall in love. However, the kitchen won’t look the same when it arrives. Manufacturers often Photoshop pictures into a luxurious background to entice people to buy their products. Realistically, the kitchen will look completely different in each setting. Keep this in mind when buying a prefab kit and envision how it will look in the selected space. If possible, use a computer program to see how the kit will work in your backyard.
Consider the Quality
When researching these kitchens, look at the materials used in the kit. Will they hold up in the local climate? A low price often means low-quality materials. Keep this in mind, and research the materials along with the kits. If possible, speak to an outdoor kitchen manufacturer to see if they can offer recommendations suited for the local climate.
For example, someone who lives in a coastal area needs to consider 304 stainless steel for their grill. Many materials degrade when exposed to salt. This grade of stainless steel resists corrosion, making it perfect for homes by the ocean and other areas where salt exposure is a concern.
Lack of Customization
People who choose to buy a prefab kitchen are limited in terms of customizing the kitchen to meet their needs. For this reason, many people opt to work with a builder to have their outdoor kitchen created to fulfil their specific requirements. This ensures each owner gets exactly what they need. However, it is best to work with a contractor who specializes in this type of outdoor living feature. A general contractor is typically not the best option in this situation.
Installation of the Kitchen
One thing many homeowners fail to factor into the cost of the outdoor kitchen is the installation fees. Who will install the kitchen? In many cases, an electrician must connect the different appliances. A plumber may be needed if the prefab kit comes with a sink or other features that require water. By working with a contractor who constructs outdoor kitchens, the homeowner turns these tasks over to the contractor. They then handle hiring professionals who can complete these and other tasks.
Set a Budget
Setting a budget ensures you’ll get the features you want most within your price range. As you discover the price of each feature, you can can weigh up how important it is to you.
Prefab outdoor kitchens serve as one option for those who want to add this feature to their outdoor living space. However, people should consider all options before deciding this is the way to expand their living space. Working with a contractor to find out if a kit is the right choice and whether the kit can be customized increases the likelihood of being satisfied when the project is complete.
Everybody knows that first impressions are everything, and that’s true for our homes too. If the front of your house doesn’t look great, people will assume the inside doesn’t either. To get you inspired to spruce up your home’s curb appeal, here’s an epic roundup of gorgeous exteriors organized by style.
While many Americans think that summer starts on Memorial Day, it officially begins on summer solstice, usually June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don’t get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there’s no expiration date on these outdoor party ideas!
For these summer solstice party ideas, I wanted to spotlight some of the things that are better in summer than any other part of the year. So I’m sticking with a theme of seasonal produce and flowers, accented with white lights and candles. You can keep it simple, or you can go all out with DIY projects if you’ve got the urge.
Grilled pizzas are a great way to showcase summer produce, and it would be fun to let people pick their own toppings.
If you want to go the cocktail route, making up batches of drinks saves you the trouble of bartending during the party. Strawberry rhubarb sangria, made with sparkling wine, sounds light and refreshing.
DIY floral ice buckets are a gorgeous way to keep your wine cool, and double as decor. Make as many as your freezer can handle, and scatter them throughout your yard, or use them as table centerpieces. For a much simpler variation, freeze fresh herbs and edible flowers into ice cubes for drinks.
Go all out with a handmade floral chandelier. Bonus points if you grow your own flowers. If you’re not feeling quite so ambitious, just pile your tables with vases overflowing with flowers from the store.
Whether you turn it into a drinking game or not, giant Jenga is nearly always a hit at outdoor parties, and is the only entertainment you’ll need at your summer solstice party. With some 2×4’s, a saw, and some sandpaper, you can easily make your own giant Jenga set. You can always buy a set if you’re not inclined to make one.