With the Beast from the East having moved on to it's next target, Britons are rightfully turning their attentions to the light evenings of spring. And with the chill subsiding, March can be a great time to spruce up the areas of your home ravaged by the brutality of winter.
Here are our top five tips for getting your home ready for summer, inside and out...
OUTSIDEAs soon as the first long weekend of Easter arrives, it can be a good time to get yourself outside (weather permitting of course) to tidy up the frontage of your property. Pathways can become grubby and moss-ridden during the colder months, while plush white window sills can appear more grey after a winter battering.
Give everything a good scrub and wipe down and freshen up any planters with some nice new shrubs.
First impressions matter, after all.
INSIDEBring a taste of the outdoors indoors. Adding plants and flowers to the interior of your home is a straightforward but extremely effective way to add colour and texture to your favourite rooms. Tulips or apple blossom just scream spring, while a real statement can be achieved from cacti or palms.
Those with a taste for authentic British styling, meanwhile, can add handmade artisan goods to their room designs, taking inspiration from UK designers and makers.
LET THERE BE LIGHTNow winter is edging away for another year, it's time to ditch the dark sofa toppers and cushions for something brighter. Think crisp white bedding and deep mustard or turquoise cushion covers.
ON REFLECTIONWith the sun staying in the sky longer and sharpening up the haze of winter, make the most of the natural light seeping into your home with reflective surfaces. Place a mirror near a window and the light from the sun will bounce off it and spread across the room, adding to the feeling of space.
SHAKE THINGS UPGrab hold of all rugs, cushions and throws and give them a good old shake outside to get rid of any winter dust build-up. While you are out in the spring sunshine, start thinking about refreshing your outdoor dining area. A little bit of elbow grease now means when the warm spell arrives, all you have to do is fire up that barbecue.
If you're thinking about putting your property on the market in the summer, get in touch with your local Parkers office who will be happy to chat to you about what you need to do to prepare.