5 easy ways to prepare the outside of your home for summer gatherings

Masks, knock wood, are off, and it looks like summer will be ON. Even those of us still not comfortable indoors in public without masks are probably ready to do an outdoor party. So sprucing up your outdoor space seems to be on order.

Whether you’re lucky enough to have a pool, want to upgrade your outdoor foliage, or the outside of your house just needs a deep cleaning and sprucing up, here are some ideas to get you started.

lush backyard garden

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Plant based

Get started by cleaning up and sweeping leaves and pulling weeds. With a clean slate, it will be easier to decide what you want to add to your landscaping. Then, if you’re not already an expert on what grows best where you live, hit Google. Based on your location and climate, figure out which plants and flowers should be planted when. Whether it’s a few extra potted trees or a new flower bed, a little planning goes a long way. We don’t need to tell you that plants take time to grow.

CB2 gray white planter

CB2 has beautiful planter pots to take your outdoor look to the next level.

swimming pool

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Pool prep

If you are lucky enough to own a pool, the sooner you start getting it in shape the better. Pools need to be prepped in phases, so it’s best to get started long before summer weather arrives. Following these steps to prepare your pool for spring will allow you to get it cleaned and filled quickly and correctly. While the chemicals work to neutralize the water, you can work on other outdoor projects. And if you’re saltwater pool curious, here’s a quick comparison of the two.

house with large wood deck

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Pressure on

Dirt and buildup left on surfaces can cause erosion of the exterior of your house, decks, patios, outdoor furniture and any accessory dwellings you might have on your property. A pressure washer can clean up wood and other surfaces that were exposed to the elements during winter. Besides looking fresh and clean, you’ll maintain the longevity of your property. (Note: after removing the buildup you may discover your deck needs to be refinished, which is also an important, if time consuming, pre-summer project.)

CB2 Edison string lights

Get lit

Lighting can provide both a romantic mood to your home’s exterior as well as functionality and safety. Pathway lights prevent tripping and look festive. Hanging string lights always look romantic and they can be the perfect lighting for a special gathering. CB2’s Edison string lights add the perfect touch.


matching flower pots home exterior

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You might not notice little things that have become outdated or worn because you’ve grown so accustomed to them over the years. But scan the outside of your home with an objective eye and you might spot some easy update potential. Or ask an honest, trusted friend to help.

For example, change out your address numbers for something more modern, bold, or easier to see. Switch out your old, mismatched planter pots for vessels with a more uniform look. Or purchase a colorful outdoor mat to brighten up a gathering space.

With some basic prep, you can sit back and relax with friends and family once summer arrives! And maybe you can even do it mask-free.

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