Enjoy the sunny climes while they last! Soon enough, the balmy Melbourne autumn weather will make way for cooler winter days, when it will be a bit too chilly to stay out for long periods. If you have plans to get together with friends or family either for a special occasion or just for old times’ sake, why don’t you entertain them outdoors?
Although the preparations you need to do require less home improvement efforts, the steps you should take to make your garden or open patio a suitable place for partying are no less significant.
Here are the essential ones:
Maintain and spruce up your yard
How are your plants doing? Weed your landscaped lawn, do pest control, water your cultivated plots or potted plantings, and trim your grass, trees, and bushes a couple of days before your gathering so that you have enough time to attend to other matters. Doing your garden maintenance a bit early will leave you less worried in case this takes more time than necessary due to certain domestic complications.
Repair and improve outdoor fixtures
Are your external torches and lighting still working? Test them days before and replace faulty bulbs in time for your al fresco soiree. Don’t just attend to the ones in the place where you will hold your party – include those in your garage or carport. Don’t forget to check your pathways for holes, missing bricks or tiles, or obstructions that may be safety risks to your guests.
Clean the entertainment area
Make sure you have all the tools and cleaning products you need before you begin to avoid time-consuming interruptions. Also, your home improvement to-do’s should be done when you start wiping, scrubbing, and sweeping your pergola, backyard, veranda, or patio. If you don’t have time to do the dirty work yourself, you can hire people who can. To save on costs, you can strike a deal with your young neighbours or relatives who can do the job suitably, although professionals are your best options in the long run. Just think of expense as an investment to making your house a more livable and welcoming place.
Secure the items you need
Draw up a list of ingredients to buy based on your party menu. Include beverages, party favours, linens, utensils and plates (if you need extra), prizes for games, decorations, and cooking implements. The latter is for barbecue get-togethers where there will be a lot of grilling involved.
Tidy up your home interiors
Although most of the action will be outdoors, you cannot exclude the possibility that your guests might want to take a peek at your living room or check out your new painting or some other home décor. Also, they may have to use the bathroom and pass through certain areas of your residence, which is why it makes sense to de-clutter your interiors. You don’t need to do deep cleaning, though. Some light dusting, tidying, and wiping will do.
Melbourne is known for its highly fluctuating weather. If your home exteriors are not roofed, consider installing a sunroof that can opened and closed easily via electronic control. With this kind of patio, you don’t have to worry about your guests being drenched in unexpected rain showers or bear with the punishing heat during the summer.
To learn more about how you can have one at your own home, contact Strong Life now at 03 9310 4455 and get a FREE Quote.