Living Space: Summer is perfect time to spruce things up
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There's no better time than the summer months for getting certain small jobs done around the house.
Summer is the busiest time of the year for painting, and that means paint is on sale, so snag a few gallons while prices are down. Even small painting touch-ups can make your house look better fast.
Why not put a fresh coat of paint on the mailbox, porch, stair or walkway railings? Add instant curb appeal just by giving your front door a shiny coat of paint in a contrasting color. Throw on some new hardware and maybe a new porch light and your house will have a nicely refreshed look and feel.
Summer is also the perfect time to pick up other color changers, such as deck and concrete stains and sealers. To give your deck a quick pick me up, change one color on either the decking or railings. If you have a redwood stained deck, try staining the railing black.
The contrasting color will look fresh and updated. Sidewalks and porches can be repainted or treated with a concrete stain to give them a fresh and finished look. Do some repair work if your concrete surfaces have developed chips or cracks.
Freshen up indoors
Even summer has its share of scorching or stormy days when you don't want to be outside. Use the time for those small cleaning jobs you've promised yourself you'll get to "eventually." Clean the dryer vents. Scrub out those out-of-the-way spaces like behind the refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer. Pull your refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum the coils. Mop behind all your large appliances.
Next, clean underneath beds and vacuum the mattresses. Flip or rotate mattresses. Wash mattress pads and pillows and place outdoors to dry and sun bleach. The fresh air on your bed linens will make them smell clean.
During the winter, roofs can become stained and moldy, making the whole house look shabby. For simple mold stains, a hose sprayer with a bleach solution will usually solve the problem, but if stains are set in, you may need to rent a circulating roof brush or hire a professional cleaning company. A clean roof, like a striking front door, adds curb appeal.
Caulking is an important step in helping seal your house from insects and energy loss, and summer is the best time to do it. Always buy the best quality caulk possible for longer life and better results.
Lastly, once your Fourth of July festivities are over, pick up summertime bargains on grills, gardening equipment and outdoor furniture to make yard chores easier and your outdoor space enjoyable right into fall.
Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.