Spring is less than a week away!

Would you like to create an inviting outdoor living area for the summer months ahead. Chores has some helpful hints.

Here is Part I of a three-part spring cleaning series.

Start with a clean slate:
• Power-wash the house, deck patio, sidewalks, etc. paying special attention to the north side of the house where green mold loves to grow.
• Wipe/wash all outdoor furniture, umbrellas, pergolas and any other things that provide shade.
• Dispose of all torn, broken and outdated items from years’ past.
• Dryer vents could be an eyesore if full of lint or if the area the vent is blowing onto is full of lint. The vent should be cleaned and the external area that collects the lint swept on a regular basis.
• Clean/wipe down all windows, doorways and furniture.

A fresh coat of paint/stain goes a long way:
• Focus on the entry areas of the house such as moldings around sliders, doorways, doors, kick plates, columns, etc. to create a fresh spring clean look.
• Decking, spindles, wood furniture and fencing to help with curb appeal
• The number of your house should always be visible and readable.
• Don’t forget the mailbox; it is an important part of your curb appeal.
• Create a color scheme. Painting your mismatched garden pots to match the color of your shutters/door is a great way to create a clean pallet while being very pleasing to the eye.
• A fresh coat of paint can make a faded grill look like new.

There are some things in life that do not last forever:
• Cushions are probably one of the least expensive yet most effective ways to create a completely new look to your clean/painted furniture.
• Outdoor pillows are another great way to update a look.
• Replace any broken or rusted pots, flower hangers, hooks, solar/outdoor lighting, etc.
• Hoses, nozzles, sprinklers, and the insides of grills often need to be replaced if stored outdoors all year long.
• Cushion covers/tarps need be inspected and possibly replaced before next winter.
• Umbrellas

Your time living at the Jersey Shore should never be tied down with CHORES… make yours… OURS!