Spring is here and this is the time for spring cleaning if you haven’t gotten started already. But it’s not just the inside of your home that could do with a good cleanup. Spring is a great time to begin spring cleaning outside of your home as well.
Is your backyard a mess from the winter? Has your grass died, debris blown over, and all the lawn furniture still put away from winter? Spring is a great time to start bringing out the flowers, the lawn ornaments and other goodies you had to put away in the winter month. It all begins with a good spring cleaning.
Today’s guest post comes from Kara Masterson a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Kara is the youngest of four. She has two hilarious brothers and one beautiful sister. She also is the aunt of 4 crazy little girls that she loves more than anything!! Kara is not yet able to be a mom, but she loves being around kids and being like a second mom to her nieces. She dreams of the day that she can start her own little family.
Today she is sharing with us 5 tricks to get your home ready for summer.
Before the warm weather of summer arrives, it’s best to get the home ready so that you’re comfortable completing the tasks that need to be done. Whether it’s planting new flowers or adding a little paint to the outside of the home, the results will be worth the effort that you put into the projects. There are a few things that you might want to consider letting a professional handle so that they get done properly.
5 tricks for getting your home summer ready
Clearing A Path
The best place to start when getting the home ready for summer is to clear the pathways. These might include a driveway or the sidewalks. You might want to consider adding another pathway around the home that leads to a deck or a patio. Use a pressure washer to clear away the sidewalks or any bricks and stones that are used in the pathways around the house. Patch up any cracks so that there isn’t a risk of tripping and falling.
Spruce up the front door and the windows with new curtains, a wreath, and a good cleaning. Check the weather stripping to see if there are any cracks. Use a combination of vinegar, baking soda and water with a sponge to get rid of fingerprints on the windows and the glass on the front door.
Get the lawn green by turning on the sprinkler. Water the plants and flowers so that they can bloom to their fullest. A plumber can come to the home to examine the pipes, the sprinkler system and the other water components to ensure that they are working as they should and that there aren’t any clogs in the lines. Most plumbers have a website, like this one from First Class Plumbing LLC, which you can use to look at the services they offer and their price range. Choosing a plumber who is local to your area and can operate within your budget is the most important things you can do. You could also try to place a birdbath in the center of the yard for the birds to enjoy in the summer.
Clear away the debris from the gutters so that water can flow smoothly. When it rains, you should stand outside to see if there are any leaks with the gutter system. It’s best to replace the gutters instead of repairing them as there could be numerous areas to fix.
Scrub The Deck
Before enjoying time outside, you should get a pressure washer to clean the deck. This is a good idea if you plan on staining the deck or painting it so that the dirt and debris are cleared away. In the instance of a worn finish on the deck, you should let the wood dry out for a few days before sealing or painting.
The summer season is a time when you will likely spend more time outside. Start early to improve the appearance of the outside of the home as well as the inside. Call in the professionals if you find that you’re stuck with the overall design or any issues that arise.
With these tips for spring cleaning outside your home, you are ready to get to work and make your home look as great outside as you feel inside. Don’t expect to do all of your outdoor spring projects in the same day. Take your time and have fun and you can beautify your home inside and out.
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