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Home repairs and maintenance to tackle in autumn

Clean scuffed skirting boards with Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner.

As summer draws to a close, now is a good time to look ahead and prepare your home for the cooler weather and wetter days. With the kids back at school and life getting back into a routine, you might find you have more time to plan out your property repairs and maintenance for the year.

Outdoor chores

Resene paint expert Jay Sharples says one of the first things you should consider is whether there are any last-minute paint projects to get done or finish off while the conditions are still warm and dry.

“Check out your deck – does it need restaining after a summer of heavy use? How about your fence? Could it do with a freshen-up before winter comes along? Getting these types of jobs done in autumn is always a good idea,” says Jay.

He also suggests putting a day aside for clearing the gutters. When leaves, twigs and moss fill up your gutters, it can lead to blockages and leaks, which can cause water to drip down the side of your home’s external walls, damaging paint work and potentially leading to worse problems.

“If moisture is then drawn through a solid wall, it can lead to damp on internal walls, and that’s the last thing anyone wants,” says Jay.

Autumn is also the time of year when many of us sit down and discuss any big house projects that might be looming for the year. Is a renovation in the works? Does the house need repainting? Now is a good time to contact your preferred contractors and arrange quotes, or to decide which jobs you’ll take on yourself.

The little things

One thing that’s easy to do yourself is paint touch-ups around the interior of your home.

“After a busy summer with kids at home and entertaining visitors, many of us will notice our home has taken a bit of a battering,” says Jay.

Look at your walls and skirting boards, are there marks, scuffs and scrapes? Now is a good time to address them.

“Not only will the warm, dry weather mean excellent drying conditions for paint jobs, you’ll start the year on the right foot with a home looking fresh and tidy. It’s always nice to start the year feeling good about your living spaces,” says Jay.

If tidying up areas, it is best to paint from corner to corner or point to point, if you just try to paint specific points it will stand out. Painting from corner to corner will help blend and give a uniformed finish.

You could also consider a change in your colour scheme. In summer, we tend to pare back the décor in our homes to create a cool summery vibe. But as we look ahead to the cooler months, you might want to introduce warm hues like terracotta, dusky pink and mossy greens.

“These sorts of colours can create a cosy, inviting feel to a home,” says Jay, who points out you don’t need to repaint every room in your home to achieve a fresh new look. “Simply introducing a new colour to one space, or even a feature wall, can make a big difference.”

A fresh coat of paint on high wear and tear areas like walls or skirting boards will give your home an instant spruce up.
Bring painted surfaces back to life with a quick dab of Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner.

Clean and fresh

Another good job for this time is to clean your internal walls. This is a job that is often overlooked, but giving your walls a wash each year helps to keep your paintwork looking great and lasting the distance.

Jay says it’s important to dust first and remove any cobwebs, before wiping down your walls with Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner. “You’ll notice the difference straight away,” says Jay. “Paint work will look better and your entire home will feel fresh.”

And while we’re at it, consider a declutter. Clearing your spaces and having a general tidy-up is a great way to start the year. Once you’ve cleared out all the old clothes and shoes you no longer need, consider giving the insides of your drawers, cupboards and wardrobes a fresh lick of paint. Often, these areas are the most neglected in the house, but freshening them up can make a declutter feel even more satisfying.

“Painting the insides of drawers and cupboards is surprisingly easy and it’s amazing the difference it can make to those overlooked parts of the house,” says Jay. “Another option is to line the inside of drawers with wallpaper, it’s easy to do and can add plenty of colour.”

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