With Mother’s Day and Memorial Day coming up this month, there is plenty of incentive to get those outdoor spaces ready to entertain. Get your house and yard in good order now, and you’ll be ready to enjoy the summer days ahead.
PAINT OR STAIN YOUR HOME’S EXTERIOR
Longer days and generally milder weather makes May a good month to schedule house painting.
CHECK EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Make sure all outdoor lights are in working order, including motion-sensing security lights. Replace bulbs or schedule repairs as needed.
INSPECT KITCHEN AND BATH FIXTURES
Keeping an eye on these areas can help prevent costly water damage and repairs later on. Re-grout or caulk around counters and tile as needed.
DEEP CLEAN THE LAUNDRY ROOM
Run the washing machine with specialty tub cleaner (or with vinegar for a natural solution) on a hot water cycle. Wipe the rubber rim inside the door of the washer and dryer and remove lint from the dryer vent with a vent brush or vacuum attachment.
Rotate the mattresses on all beds and flip over if possible. Dust nightstands, lamps, headboard, blinds and decor. Swap heavy duvets for lighter weight bedding for the warmer months.
CLEAN AND PREP YOUR GRILL
Giving your grill a deep cleaning before the start of the season will help it work more efficiently and prevent flare-ups. Clean the grates and interior with a grill brush and wash the exterior with warm, soapy water.
ADD A RELAXING PORCH FEATURE
Make your porch an inviting place to relax and hang out with the addition of a porch swing, rocking chairs or a glider. Crisp white outdoor curtains provide shade and look chic.