Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Checklist for your Home for the month of May!

This is a great time for getting those outdoor spaces set for entertainment. From getting your outdoor cooking kits out to getting your house painted, here are a few things for your to-do list to help you savor the season:

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1. Stain or paint the exterior of your house. Long days and milder weather conditions make May the right time to schedule painting. In case your house has wood-shingled exterior, make sure you replace any broken shingles and apply a fresh coat if needed.

2. Check the outer lighting. Ensure that the outdoor lights are working properly, including landscape lighting, porch lights, and security lights. Change bulbs and schedule repairs as required.

3. Get ready to grill. Start out by deep cleaning your grill before the season starts. This will ensure that there are no flare-ups. Clean the interior and grates using a grill brush and wash the outside using soapy, warm water. Clean it and organize the grill tools (spatula, tongs, and skewers) and pick up propane or charcoal if required.

4. Inspect bath and kitchen fixtures. If you keep a close eye on these spaces, you can help prevent expensive water repairs and damage later on. Caulk or regrout around tile and counters as required. In case you come across leaks, get them repaired.

5. Inspect safety devices. Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors; replace batteries as needed. Inspect the expiry date on the fire extinguisher and get it replaced too, if required.

6. Get touch up paint for the walls. First, use a vacuum to dust and clean the walls. Make sure you pay particular attention to baseboards and corners. For a deep clean, wipe your walls with soapy, warm water after you have completed dusting. Wash using clean water. Do some touch ups with paint if required on the walls.

7.  Revive the bedrooms. Flip over the mattresses on all beds. Dust lamps, nightstands, headboard, d├ęcor and blinds. Swap warm, winter duvets for lighter bedding for the hotter months to come.

8.  Add a soothing porch. Your porch can become a place to hang out and relax by adding a porch swing, glider or rocking chairs. If there is too much sun then using white curtains would help provide shade.

9.  Prepare your picnic supplies. Get ready for unplanned picnics by going through the dining supplies you have assigned for the outdoors and keeping a basket of essentials packed and within reach. There is no need to make the kit extensive but make sure it has the basics - a cutting board, cheese knife, bottle opener, some outdoor dishes, and a blanket should be enough for any picnic.

Keep your yard and house in good order, and you will be ready to make the most of the summers ahead. You can also use the services of a professional landscaping expert to add to the beauty of your yard!

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