When the sun is shining and the nights are longer, many of us find we’ve got an extra spring in our step compared to the cold, dark winter months.

If you’re wanting to make the most of this uptick in energy, then why not make yourself useful and do some jobs you’ve been putting off? From fixing the roof to car maintenance and gardening, if you’re sat there twiddling your thumbs, here are some jobs you can do this summer that’ll set you up for a stress-free winter.

  1. Roofing and gutters

Although you normally can’t see your roofing and gutters directly, that doesn’t mean you should forget about them! Roofs tend to take a beating year-round. From harsh winter frosts to sizzling summer heatwaves, roofs are exposed to the elements 24/7.

Before climbing a ladder gets too treacherous (think: frost!), it’s a good idea to check your roof. And the summer months are the ideal time to do so! Start in the loft and check for any sagging, watermarks, rot, or sunlight beaming through. These are telltale signs that your roof could do with some TLC.

If you’re relatively handy, you can try to repair this yourself. But be sure to follow the relevant health and safety guidelines when working at height.

  1. Car maintenance

Cars can go through the wringer during the winter months. So, it pays to give them a little bit of love in the summer. There are certain things you can do to save yourself the hassle later down the line. These include buying new Bridestone tyres that’ll help you keep safe on the roads or even stocking your boot full of essentials like screen wash, car oil, and other fluids.

Even if your tyres are in good nick, simply inflating them to the recommended level will help you save fuel. This is especially important given the cost-of-living crisis.

  1. Gardening

Now, weeding the patio might not be everyone’s idea of fun. But neglecting your garden in the summer can leave you with a rather overgrown mess on your hands. Nobody is saying you must turn into Monty Don, but putting a little effort in now will pay off in the long run.

  1. Stock up on medicines

Although colds still exist in the summer months, many of us get sick more often during the winter.

To help fight off any infections as they strike, it’s a good idea to stock up on your cold and flu medication, along with any other first aid essentials – just in case. You might also want to pick up some antihistamines too, as pollen counts soar in summer months!

Then you can sit back and relax as winter approaches, knowing you’ve given yourself a head start.