IS your bathroom looking a bit old and tired, or has your garden  become an uninviting jungle? Have you kept putting off the improvements you know need doing round the house?

The sun is out, the days are long and warm, and you can see exactly what needs doing – whether it’s inside or out.

Summer is a great time to put into action those jobs you’ve ignored through winter, and bringing in local experts will ensure that the job is done well, and to your satisfaction.

1. PLANNING: Whatever the improvements might be, it all starts with the all-important planning. DH Drawings can offer clients a full and comprehensive service, from an initial site survey right through to the planning and building regulation approval processes, acting as agents on their clients’ behalf and taking care of all the details.

From an initial, free, no obligation consultation, they will discuss your individual project needs, complete all of the necessary paperwork and be there at every step of the way during the approval’s process. Contact them on 01388 774876, or through the website at www.dhdrawings.com

2. BATHROOMS: If it’s your bathroom that needs updating, then UK Bathroom Solutions Darlington is the one-stop shop for you. Specialists in supplying quality bathrooms, bathroom furniture, bathroom cladding and all bath and shower products both online at www.ukbathroomsolutions.co.uk, or call in to the showroom in Darlington.

They not only supply bathrooms and bathroom products, but offer a full installation service as well as an excellent disability adaptation service. Telephone: 01325 352505

3. EXTERIORS: Outside is as important as inside, so don’t neglect the exterior of your property. Durham Stone Paving offers a wide range of groundwork services to customers across the North East of England, from resin bonded driveways and block paving, to landscaping or patios and paths. Using high-quality materials, Durham Stone Paving can transform your outside areas. Full details can be found on the website, www.durhamstonepaving.co.uk, or call on 0191 640 2556.

4. REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS: Paul Rogers, of PMR Builders, has more than 13 years’ experience in repairing and renovating properties, offering an honest and friendly service to customers for both interior and exterior work, including decorating, joinery and flooring, house painting, guttering, shed building and repairs, garden work, fencing and decking.

For all your home improvement needs, contact him on 07412 345227, or through his website: www.pmrpropertybuildingservices.com

5. GARDENS: Taking care of your garden and exterior couldn’t be easier with HM Landscapes & Tree Services. Keep everything in tip-top condition with trees expertly topped, felled and pruned, and by renewing or installing fencing, turfing, patios and gravelling. All rubbish is removed by a fully licensed waste remover. Telephone on 07811 837885, or logon by clicking here