Spring tips - helpful hints for your home!

20 March 2017

Now the weather is improving, it’s a great time to give your house and garden some attention – you’ll love the difference you can make in just a few hours!

Time for a spring clean?

We love it when the sun comes out but it does show up all the dust, grime and smeary windows. Read our top tips for making your home sparkling once more. It doesn’t have to cost a lot:

  • Sprinkle carpets and rugs with a small amount of bicarbonate of soda. After 15 minutes vacuum up the dirt. It will help get rid of any musty smells too.
  • Clean your blinds with a 50:50 vinegar and water mixture and an old sock pulled over your hand.
  • Windows can also be cleaned using vinegar. Mix 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar with water in a spray bottle. Use an old rag or newspaper to polish your windows and they’ll be spotless in no time!
  • You can use a lemon to remove water stains from your taps or shower head. A lemon is also great for cleaning your chopping boards and the inside of your microwave.

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Making minor repairs

The cold winter months can take their toll on fixtures and fittings around your home. With longer daylight hours and warmer weather, the spring is a great time to make a few minor repairs. You can really get your house in great shape so you can enjoy it over the coming year.

If you need to report a repair to us you can do it using MyAccount.

Did you know that as a tenant there are a number of repair responsibilities around your home which may include:

  • Replacing broken toilet seats
  • Unblocking sinks, baths and toilets
  • Replacing electrical plugs and fuses
  • Replacing light bulbs and fluorescent strips (except in shared areas like stairwells in blocks of flats)
  • Repairing paths in your own garden
  • Testing smoke alarms
  • Keeping your home in a good decorative condition.

Gardens, patios, driveways and other outside spaces

Whether you’ve a large garden or a small one, a patio, or even a balcony, here are a few easy tips to spruce it up for when the sun finally does make an appearance!

Declutter

Just like our homes, our gardens, driveways and patios get cluttered up with all sorts. They can get littered with old bicycles, broken plant pots, faded toys and tools. Having a bit of a tidy up in your garden can make a huge difference. Store anything you want to keep, recycle what you can and bin the rest! You’ll be surprised what a transformation it can make.

Clean up your patio furniture

Garden furniture can look pretty grubby after a winter outside. De-grime your garden chairs and tables using a bowl of warm water, washing up liquid and a scrubbing brush. Then rinse clean with the garden hose and it will look like new in no time!

Get rid of the weeds

Yes it’s an obvious one but lots of weeds can really make a garden messy and uninviting. Allocate some time each week and book in a weeding session. It’s free exercise and your garden will look great! An easy way to de-weed is to use an old kitchen knife and scrape the weeds out from the root. You can also use a weed killer on the lawn - always read the manufacturer’s instructions and be aware of pets and small children.

Grow from seeds

Whether you are planting up window boxes, hanging baskets, pots or borders, it’s much cheaper to grow plants from seed. You’ll find all sorts of cheap seeds online, try Seeds by Post and click on their special offers. Shops such as Aldi and Lidl often sell low cost seeds that can be less than 50p a packet.

Plant out trays of seeds and watch them sprout. Transfer bigger seedlings to pots, keep them well watered and give them plenty of light. Sunflowers are a great one for kids to try as they can grow really high. Or, sweet peas are lovely and sweet smelling. The more you pick them, the more they come!

More information

You’ll find lots of helpful gardening advice online at: www.rhs.org.uk or www.bbc.co.uk/gardening