We’re arriving at one of Lanzarote’s most wonderful times of year, when the strong summer winds die away leaving the island bathing in mellow warmth for at least three months. There’s a huge temptation to lounge on the balcony with a cocktail, but it’s also a fantastic time to get out there and get your home in tip-top shape.
September, October and early November are the calmest months on the island, with the least likelihood of high winds, rain or the calimas we’ve seen so much of this year.
And those calimas mean that plenty of houses could use a clean, even if its only a hose-down. With summer holidays over, it’s the ideal time of year to get back down to the business of looking after your property.
In many cases that’ll mean a fresh lick of paint – Lanzarote’s white houses look fantastic when they’re spanking new, but not so great when stains and smears accumulate. Paint dries fast on Lanzarote, but autumn is still the time when your new coat of paint is least likely to be spoilt by airborne dust. It’s also much more pleasant to work in the mellow heat than the scorching heat of summer.
While you’re at it, you might as well consider waterproofing. “Fix the roof while the sun shines” is such a good piece of common sense that it’s become a saying. And believe us, you do not want to find out that you’re home is leaking when one of Lanzarote’s rare but intense rainstorms happens.
Doors, windows and other fittings will all benefit from a revision, and now’s the time to take a look at driveways, patios and other areas that see a lot of wear.
You can do all this yourself, of course, but it’ll take time and skills that you may have to learn as you go along. The other solution is to hire the professionals to get it done for you – they’ll get it done right, no worries, and you can get back to the important matter of that cocktail on the balcony.
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