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When someone visits your home or just walks past, they’re going to form an impression. You might have the cleanest, tidiest, most well-designed interior in the world, but if the exterior of your home is a mess, people are going to judge it by what they see. 

A person painting a house

Since the weather is about to start improving, it’s a good time to get and jobs are done before the summer arrives, so you can sit back and enjoy. 

Give your driveway some TLC

Often forgotten about, driveways can start to look a bit neglected. Start by removing any weed that has popped up around it or between the bricks. If the weeds are particularly stubborn and come back fast, use a weed killer or weed burner to keep the area clear for longer. After all, you don’t want to be spending your summer weeding the driveway. 

If your drive is made of gravel, order some more to fill in and bald patches and re-rake the entire drive to spread it out evenly. If your drive is made of bricks or concrete, give it a good clean with a pressure washer, you’ll probably be surprised by the colour underneath. A pressure washer should get most stains out but if you have some particularly stubborn areas or your car has leaked a bit of oil, there are specialist oil stain removal companies you can use to get everything beautifully clean. 

Get rid of rubbish

Have a good declutter of the exterior of your home. There are probably a lot of things lying around that you don’t notice like plant pots, pieces of wood, unused garden furniture, bird feeders you never put any food in. Start with a clean slate by getting rid of all of it. If you aren’t in a position to remove bigger items or old furniture, a local removalist company can assist you in clearing troublesome items. Once everything is cleared away, you’re in a better position to give everything a good clean.

Hide your bins 

Bins can be an eyesore, but many people have no choice but to keep them our the front of their homes. You can now buy many decorative bin cupboards or covers that house all of your bins but also keep them accessible at the front of the house. 

Add a little colour

Now the outside of your home is clean and tidy, it’s time to start adding some decorative touches and a splash of colour. Planters and hanging baskets are a quick way to get that summer feel. You might also want to invest in some new garden furniture or elegant solar lighting too. Even a few little touches here and there can completely transform the front of your home. 

Final thoughts

We spend so much time concentrating on the interior of our homes, we forget about the exterior or your home. After all, as soon as we shut the front door, we can’t see it anymore. You don’t have to have a huge budget to improve the look, just a few key pieces alongside a good old clean and tidy can make it look like a new house. Then you can sit back and enjoy your work, maybe on that new garden furniture.

Planning for a healthy summer

If you want healthy food for a relaxing summer where you don’t put on the pounds I have some great summer recipes to help. Be sure to get out the BBQ and put rubs on meats, marinate tofu or get that charcoal in to ensure that you have a great time.

Whatever you do be sure to plan ahead because we all know that when the weather is nice no shops have BBQ foods in anymore and the whole of the supermarket is full of people with trolleys of bread rolls and beer. If the weather is a bit questionable there are plenty of cool summer meals to make in the air fryer to avoid putting the oven on or settling for a Mexican salad or Greek salad again!

A healthy summer means a little planning ahead to ensure you can stay on plan and still have tasty summer foods. That way you can always save calories or syns for favourites, mine are low syn chocolate or Jaffa Cake gin!

If you hate meal planning then check out my summer meal plan or for cooler days my late summer/autumn plan.

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