Preparing Your Outdoor Space for Spring and Summer Entertaining

Preparing Your Outdoor Space for Spring and Summer Entertaining
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    Regardless of where you live, chances are this winter has hit – or still is hitting – you hard.

    From record-breaking cold temperatures across the country to snow and wind that hasn’t been seen before, very few of us have been able to escape this season’s wrath.

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Because of this, you have good reason to be focusing on spring, summer and warmer temperatures in general. Imagining picnics and parties outside might be the only thing getting you through the remainder of Mother Nature’s fury. Is your space ready? When the temperatures get warm for the first time this spring, will you be ready to celebrate? Check out a few of the ideas below to prepare your space for spring and summer entertaining.

Envision Your End Result and Gauge Your Skills

Maybe your outdoor space has all the bones; it just needs a few projects that can be done on your own. Maybe you need a major renovation. Think about exactly what you’re looking for and start looking online for ideas. If you’re planning a major project and have never picked up a hammer, let alone worked with industrial tools like dual process ladders and heavy duty equipment – it might be best to call a professional.

Take an honest inventory of your skills and availability and compare them to what you’d like to complete. This will give you an idea of what the best solution is for your project.

Rent a Power Washer

Power washers are designed to remove tough dirt and grime from most outdoor surfaces without the need for chemicals or scrubbing. Using a high-pressure water system, they can take any space from drab to fabulous with little effort on your part.

For best results, test each surface in an inconspicuous area prior to starting to be sure there’s no damage. After that, take the power washer to the siding, sidewalk, deck or concrete patio.

Touch Up Weathered Furniture

Even with the best storage space, your outdoor furniture has probably been exposed to weather this season. To overcome it, consider the following:

  • Refresh or replace patio furniture cushions.
  • Use Rust Oleum on any metal or aluminum furniture to remove rust and to protect it going forward.
  • Clean or consider refinishing any wooden furniture surfaces.
  • Find a storage solution or install an outdoor shed to store furniture when not in use and for the next winter season.

Don’t Forget About Siding and Windows

The back of your home generally isn’t included in home appeal conversations. However, when it comes to entertaining, that’s what your guests will see. Make sure it’s ready to go by:

  • Checking all siding for warping; replace panels that are warped or noticeably faded.
  • Taking a look at all window shutters to ensure they’re well attached. Touch up paint when necessary.
  • Washing all windows, inside and out. They’re a reflection of your home; keep them pristine. If any have lost their seals over the winter, think about replacing them to maintain visual appeal.

Consider Your Lawn and Garden

Spring is a great time to focus on your lawn and garden. A well-kept space makes for great entertaining as the temperatures rise. To prepare your lawn, complete the following tasks:

  • Scrub all flower pots – or take the power washer to them – to give them a little shine.
  • Trim shrubs and trees that may have become overgrown during the colder season.
  • Treat both the lawn and garden to prevent weeds.
  • Remove any foreign objects that may have blown into your gardens.
  • Think about what flowers and plants you’d like to add to your gardens for a pop of spring color.

By following the steps above, you’ll have your outdoor space ready for spring and summer entertaining in no time. Don’t wait until the last minute; start making improvements today.

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