Spring Home Improvement Checklist

Fix the fence

It’s spring at last — the perfect time to get outside and tune up the yard. For starters: How’s the fence? If yours looks grungy, you might just need to scrub and hose it off, then apply a fresh coat of stain or paint. If it’s wobbly or leaning, a rotted-out fence post is the likely culprit. You can replace the post, but that’s a lot of work, especially if the post has a concrete anchor.

Clean and reseal the driveway

If you have an asphalt driveway where bare stones show, now’s the time to reseal it. You can hire the job out for about 25 to 30 cents a square foot, or do it yourself with sealer that costs $20 to $30 for a bucket that covers 350 square feet. Though that might seem a bargain based on the square-foot cost, your final bill might come out about the same once you rent a pressure washer to clean the pavement first, get application tools and enough sealer to apply two coats, and buy crack fillers and primer for oily areas.

Tune up outdoor furniture

Dining outdoors is one of the great pleasures of spring and summer. Now’s the time to prepare by getting outdoor furniture in tip-top shape.

See entire check list at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/the-april-home-improvement-checklist/2013/04/02/91183cd2-957d-11e2-b6f0-a5150a247b6a_story.html

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