Out­door week­end projects help main­tain a healthy home en­vi­ron­ment

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

It’s time to get out­side and tackle a few sim­ple main­te­nance projects! Sur­vey what needs to be done and take a trip to the garage and or­ga­nize your tools. You’re go­ing to need them. Next, check the con­di­tion of your gut­ters, mail­box post, fences and shut­ters. If any of these are show­ing signs of de­cay, now is the best time to re­place or re­pair them. Our sea­son for out­door work is short here in eastern Newfoundland.

It’s also a good time to re­store a weath­ered deck to its orig­i­nal wood colour with a deck bright­en­ing so­lu­tion. Re­place nails and smooth splin­tered boards be­fore ap­ply­ing the preser­va­tive.

Fur­ni­ture that has been out­doors dur­ing the cold months may need a good clean­ing.

Plas­tic out­door fur­ni­ture prob­a­bly will ben­e­fit from a good scrub­bing us­ing a so­lu­tion of wa­ter and bleach, or even a dous­ing with the power washer.

Check around the sides and back of your home to see if your flowerbeds, shrubs and trees sur­vived. Are they ready for some sum- mer re­lax­ation, or do they need some ten­der lov­ing care?

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