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Let’s set the scene. The sun’s out, you’re in the back garden soaking up the rays, ice cool drink in hand. You lift your sunglasses off your face and squint in the sunlight at the back of your house. You notice that some of the paint is peeling off, the gutter is clogged with leaves and moss and the surrounding hedge is looking like a mad scientist’s hairstyle. It all looks a bit of a mess.

Summer is the perfect time to sort these external problems out. While it may not be quite as relaxing as lounging around in a deckchair with a book, it’ll make you feel a lot more productive once it’s done. Plus, depending on the weather, you might still be able to get that tan you’re after.

Here are five DIY jobs you should think about doing this summer.

1.       Clean the windows

The summer may be known for water-fights and swimming pools but there’s another water use to think about: cleaning your windows. Most window cleaners only get rid of the surface level of dirt and dust, so summer is the perfect time to give them a thorough clean. Just think of how good you’ll feel when you see that lovely evening sun glistening off them, not a watermark in sight.

Nevertheless, always make sure to use the correct equipment when cleaning your windows. Especially when working at height, you should have a stable ladder that you can trust. Check out our range here.

2.       Clear the gutters

Talking of working at height, before you clean your windows it could be a good idea to clear your gutters. If you haven’t emptied them for a while, the falling autumnal leaves could cause them to clog, making them redundant in the winter.

While rain is probably the last thing you want to think about during the summer, getting the task completed now before the winter comes will make you feel a lot more relieved when the rainy season starts. The last thing you want to find is that your gutter is blocked when it’s raining, meaning you have to get soaked while sorting it out.

3.       Repaint the outside of your home

Seeing your house in the bright sunshine can make it obvious how in need of an update it is. As the outside of the home is the first thing you see, it sets the first impression, so you want to make sure it looks good.

Whether you are carrying out a full paint job on the whole of the property, or just touching up a few key areas in need of some attention, the summer is the perfect time to do it. However, make sure you use the correct equipment when doing so. Use an extending roller brush for painting from the ground and, again, use a stable and trusty ladder when carrying out the finishing touches.

4.       Get gardening

When the sun comes out, the natural beauty of our gardens starts to show. Flowers bloom, trees blossom – it’s the perfect time to get those shears out of the shed and get pruning.

Whether you have trees or hedges, summer is a great time to do a bit of light trimming, keeping everything in check. With proper garden maintenance, you’ll be able to create your very own outside oasis to sit back and relax in, surrounded by colours and fresh summer smells.

5.       Clear the loft/attic

Ok, so this one isn’t outside but it’s still a good idea to get done in the summer. It might not give you the tan you’re looking but clearing your loft or attic space will make you feel a lot better and much more productive. Plus, it’ll give you extra space to store bulky summer items, such as deckchairs and sports equipment.

Make sure to use a trusty loft ladder if you don’t have one already. The last thing you want to do is have a nasty fall, and spend the rest of your summer in a hospital room. For some top tips on how to avoid this possibility, making sure you stay safe when clearing the loft, please click here.