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backyard patioAre you counting the days until it is warm enough to use your backyard pool?

Do your friends look forward to the first barbeque of the season at your house?

Will all the kids in the neighborhood be hanging out on your patio all summer?

If outdoor entertaining or just family enjoyment is a big part of your summer, then it’s time to get that patio, pool, and other backyard spaces ready for use.

Patio Preparation

Whether you have a pool or just a patio for lounging, you will want to do an inspection of the space. Start by thoroughly cleaning the patio and all the furniture. Check the cement or wood for damaged spots and decide if you need to re-stain the wooden deck or apply a new coat of sealer.

Look for wear and tear on your outdoor furniture. Clean or replace cushions. Give faded pieces a new paint job. Repair any damage or consider tossing out old pieces and buying new.

Another thing to check is any lighting, cooling, or other electrical systems that you have in your patio area. Make sure all the chords and boxes are clean and intact and working properly. Now is the time to have an electrician fix things, not when it’s the hottest day of the year and you have a yard full of guests.

If you have a grill, make sure you give it a complete cleaning and inspection, too. Stock up on fuel and grill supplies well in advance of your first BBQ date.

Don’t forget to stock up on insect repellent candles, bug zappers, or other pest control. It’s also a good idea to have a first aid kit stored somewhere on the patio designed specifically for outdoor accidents.

Pool Preparation

backyard poolSwimming pools come with their own headaches as well as enjoyment. Before you get ready for your first dip, there’s a checklist to run through:

  1. Clear debris — this includes leaves, grass, and any other unpleasant things that may have accumulated under your winter cover.
  2. Check the water level — while experts discourage you from emptying and refilling your pool every year, you will probably need to add a considerable amount of water to replace what has evaporated.
  3. Inspect the pool for damage, loose tiles, etc.
  4. Inspect the pool equipment — pumps, heaters, filters, automatic cleaners, etc.
  5. Check the chemical levels
  6. Clean the pool deck, diving board, etc.
  7. Check all safety gates, fences, and locks around the pool area.
  8. Make sure you have safety equipment available for guests, such as floatation rings or wings and that your CPR certification is up-to-date

It may take a little bit of work, but if you get these tasks out of the way early, you’ll have more time to relax and fully enjoy your yard all summer long.

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