Start your sum­mer to-do list now

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LAST WEEK I promised some ideas about tasks to get stuck into now that spring is here.

The first ma­jor point to re­mem­ber is that fix­ing what went wrong dur­ing win­ter is cheaper in spring or sum­mer. Too of­ten we leave those pesky leaks or other prob­lems unat­tended un­til the start of next win­ter, when con­trac­tors are busy again and push­ing up their prices.

The se­cond thing to do is to check all your tools and fit­tings that have not been used dur­ing au­tumn and win­ter. This in­cludes out­side taps and sprin­kler sys­tems, lawn mow­ers and so on.

For those with air-con­di­tion­ers, have them checked and ser­viced so you don’t break out in a panic sweat when you want to be cool.

Check what dam­age the win­ter storms have done to your ex­ter­nal win­dows and doors. As tem­per­a­tures rise, putty will start to loosen and cracks will widen. Af­ter check­ing that your lad­der is in good work­ing or­der and safe to use, get up and clean out the gut­ters. Rub­bish de­posited in them dur­ing win­ter will form a breed­ing ground for seeds to ger­mi­nate, and be­fore you know it you will have gar­dens grow­ing in the gut­ters, which apart from adding weight will cause other dam­age as they grow.

I will con­tinue with this list next week.

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