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Long, hot summer days are a great opportunity to ensure your house is in the best condition it can be.

Here are some indoor maintenance jobs that can be ticked off the list in summer to make your house an even better place to pass some lazy afternoons.

Paint

A fresh coat of paint can make an enormous difference to the look and feel of a home. Repainting dark walls in a lighter hue can instantly make a room feel much more spacious. But the big downside of painting is that it can smell – and drying time can be a nuisance. This makes summer an excellent opportunity to pull out the paintbrushes. You can air the place out and the summer sunshine will help the paint to dry quickly.

Have the carpet cleaned

Along the same lines, summer is a great time to clean the carpet. An annual carpet clean keeps a house healthy and fresh. Ticking it off the list when the weather’s warm means you’ll be back to using the house as normal before you know it.

Tackle leaks

While there might not be a lot of rain to worry about, summer is a good time to get on top of any internal leaks that you’ve noticed over winter. If doors and windows aren’t fitting properly or you’ve got rain leaking in through your rangehood, channel your inner-DIYer – or contact a professional – to sort it out before it becomes an issue in autumn.

Have your heat pump serviced

Heat pumps need regular maintenance. If you’ve had your heat pump powering through winter and now are using it to cool your home, it might be time to pay it a bit of attention. Clean out the filters by rinsing and refitting and check the fans for any build-up of debris. Every few years, get a professional in to make sure it’s working as it should.

Have your chimney cleaned

The fireplace is probably the furthest thing from your mind, but that means it can be a perfect time to book someone in to clean the chimney. With less competition, you may even get a discount from people looking for more business.

Clean the windows

There’s nothing like the evening sun streaming in to highlight dirty windows. Grab some old newspaper and start polishing. And while you’re at it, why not clean the curtains and blinds too?

Showers

When was the last time you cleaned your showerhead? They can develop a build-up of things such as calcium deposits, which makes them a lot less efficient. Also, if you’re worried about how much water you use, swap the showerhead for an eco-friendly version that will dramatically cut down the amount you drain from your hot water cylinder each shower.

Test smoke detectors

It’s a good idea to check your smoke detectors at the beginning and end of summer, and to change the batteries regularly. The fire service recommends changing batteries with daylight savings – both times.

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