June 17, 2013
Spring cleaning is usually thought of as an indoor activity. But with warm weather beckoning and visitors coming to celebrate summer holidays, there's work to do sprucing up outdoor areas as well. Not all home features, inside or out, are as reliable for their long-lasting beauty as hickory and maple hardwood flooring like Anderson's Mountain collection.
To make sure that parts of the home and outdoor living spaces that guests are most likely to see are ready for gatherings, homeowners should do a walk-through before visitors arrive, according to the hosts of the DIY Network's show, "Brothers on Call."
TV home repair experts Jon and Terry Wittmaack told the Scripps Howard News Service that they would start in the bathroom. Their reasoning is that with us additional people around, the plumbing may become overloaded if there is an undetected leak. Checking for leaks and drainage problems ahead of time may uncover something that's amiss.
While there, check the grouting in showers and other water-sensitive areas. If only a small area has to be replaced, the Wittmaacks advise misting adjacent grout that will connect to new grout for a seamless finish.
Before cooking big outside meals, look for grease build-up under the hood of the stove in an outdoor kitchen and on gas grills where a fire could occur. Clean them in advance to avoid dangerous mishaps.
With more people in the house and its environs, clear away as much clutter as possible, particularly near walkways and stairs, where someone may trip. It also improves the look of any room design to remove unnecessary belongings that can mar the decor.
A full paint job isn't necessary to welcome the new season, but this is a good time to walk around the house to see if interiors as well as painted parts of patios and decks need some freshening. Some dabs of paint on scraped woodwork freshens the look of a room and a touchup here and there outdoors might be all that's needed to make a home ready for a party.
Now, with cleaning, fixing and some preparatory cooking finished, Houzz.com recommends setting up tables, finding extra chairs and tweaking one's home design to get ready for gatherings from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Adding pillows for color, lanterns to light up pathways and a cozy fire pit to ward off a night chill are great finishing touches.