3 ways to give your home the spring re­fresh it needs

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TIP OF THE WEEK

With win­ter fi­nally a dis­tant mem­ory, it’s time to get ready for spring. Pre­pare your home and lawn for guests and bar­be­cues to come with a few sim­ple DIY tips for in­side and out­side the house.

_ Garage main­te­nance: Not only is spring a time to re­or­ga­nize and clean out the garage, but the garage it­self de­serves a deep clean. Af­ter hous­ing your car all win­ter long, oil spots and stains on the garage floor have likely formed. Use oven cleaner for old stains, or sprin­kle a heavy layer of cat lit­ter on the stains, and use your foot to press in, leav­ing on un­til the stain dis­ap­pears.

_ Prep your drive­way: Cold tem­per­a­tures, ice and snow do a num­ber on black­top as­phalt drive­ways dur­ing the win­ter. Im­prove your home’s curb ap­peal by re­pair­ing mi­nor or semi-deep cracks. Fill the cracks with rub­ber­ized sealant and melt the sealant with the Lawn and Gar­den Torch. Hold­ing the torch just a few inches away liq­ue­fies the sealant to make a wa­ter­proof re­pair.

_ Paint strip­ping: Some­times win­ter weather can leave your home look­ing a bit hag­gard, es­pe­cially if ex­te­rior paint is peel­ing away. Try the BernzO­matic TS4000 Trig­ger-Start Torch to strip old paint off out­side sur­faces such as gut­ters. The torch fea­tures a trig­ger on/off switch for easy light­ing and bet­ter con­trol. Be­fore you get started, make sure the paint is not lead based and that sur­round­ing ma­te­rial, such as old wood, isn’t flammable.

— Brand­point

HOME-SELL­ING TIP

Up­date your home’s ex­te­rior with paint. If a thor­ough wash­ing leaves a ho-hum look be­hind, it may be time to re­visit your home’s ex­te­rior color scheme. Even mod­est ad­just­ments, from pale beige to a deeper tan, for ex­am­ple, can com­pletely al­ter the look. Or, fo­cus on adding color to the trim, door and shut­ters if new, allover color is out of the ques­tion.

— Fam­ily Fea­tures

DEC­O­RAT­ING TIP

In the sanc­tu­ary of your bed­room, keep your fo­cus on com­fort. Plump pil­lows in a va­ri­ety of shapes and colors add flair to ba­sic bed­ding. If you’re hes­i­tant about pat­terns, try in­cor­po­rat­ing a bold de­sign through an ac­cent piece such as a lamp shade for a big im­pact that won’t over­power the room. Add a stack of your fa­vorite books on the night­stand or a pretty box to hold trin­kets or jew­elry to help bring a unique look to a space that is all your own.

— Fam­ily Fea­tures

GAR­DEN GUIDE

The first green plants to pop up in your yard al­ways seem to be weeds, and they con­stantly find their way be­tween the cracks in pa­tios and pathways. In­stead of elim­i­nat­ing weeds with harsh chem­i­cals, which could be harm­ful to chil­dren or pets, or bend­ing down to pull them by hand, you can burn away pesky weeds us­ing a BernzO­matic JT850 Lawn and Gar­den Torch. It is spe­cially de­signed for out­door use, with a 36-inch ex­tended-reach han­dle. The flame in­stantly de­stroys un­wanted weeds, and the han­dle helps keep you from bend­ing or crouch­ing.

— Brand­point

City Gar­den

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