Make Memorial Day major. Honor our country’s veterans and mark the start of summer in well-executed Thumbtack style. Make sure your house and yard are up for the fun with this quick guide to making Memorial Day 2016 the best ever. The fact that you’re knocking off your to-do list is all the more reason to celebrate.
Clean the Pool
Break out the floaties, it’s summertime! Your kids and all their friends will be raring to swim now that temperatures are starting to rise. Get the pool in prime condition in anticipation of summer fun. A pool pro will get the filters running properly, balance the chemicals, and ensure there are no leaks or potential hazards.
Power Wash the Outside
House paint and driveway looking grimy after winter? There’s still time to have your exterior power washed before summer seriously sets in. Let your castle shine in the sun once the grime and muck of winter have been washed away.
Have the Backyard Prettied Up
Memorial Day means backyards and BBQs, cold brews and hot dogs (and yes, veggie dogs count, too). Make sure your yard is primped and ready before the guests begin to arrive. Call in the lawn specialists to edge, mow, prune, repair, and have your yard sparkling in time for the three-day weekend.
Since you’re going to spend all summer playing on the lawn, you might as well have it look good. Extend a designer touch out the doors and into the front and back patios. A professional interior designer consults on colors, decor touches, and outdoor furniture arrangements to ensure your outdoor living is super chic.
Stain the Fence
Upgrade your perimeter with a fence makeover. Have the white picket repainted or spruce up the wood stain with a quick sand down and retouch of your fence. The pros will be in and out in an afternoon, and your yard will look better than ever.
Have the Trees Trimmed
Have you been neglecting this post-winter task? Now that the weather has cleared, it really is time to trim the trees. Your lawn will look better, your house will enjoy a boost in resale value, and—most importantly—family and friends will be safer with precarious limbs trimmed. The best way to ruin a Memorial Day party is for a branch to knock someone on the noggin.
Prep the BBQ
BBQ beat up after a long winter? Have the pros come out and clean that baby up. Need repairs to your prized gas grill? Team Thumbtack can totally handle that. Have BBQ envy and need one of your own stat? Installation pros are on their way. This summer’s going to be delicious.
Get the Dogs Groomed
After the local parade there’s a huge Memorial Day bash at your place. The yard is clean, the grill is ready to fire, and the pool is on point. Treat your doggies (and your guests) to a quality pet grooming before the event. Your fur babies will get extra love because they’re so darn soft and clean, and you’ll look like a champion pet owner with such perfect pups.
Deep Clean the House
Nothing marks the changing of seasons like a deep house cleaning. Get ready to let in the sun by having the blinds dusted, the walls scrubbed, the windows washed, and the ceiling fans rid of gunk.
BBQ Party Entertainment
If the neighbors are hosting a BBQ, offer to provide the entertainment. The parents will love you and the kids will be enchanted by the professional magician, face painter, or balloon artist you’ve hired. Sit back and receive the accolades.
Make Time for a Mini Makeover
Hey, you’ve been working so hard delegating all this Memorial Day preparation, you deserve some pampering. Whether you’ll be taking in the local festivities or hosting a BBQ at the house, have someone style your makeup and hair. It will feel celebratory, and you’ll look terrific.
Host an Evening of Music
After a day of BBQ and sun, invite the neighbors over for a low-key backyard concert. Tell your friends to BYOBB (bring your own beer and blanket), and usher in summer with a jazz trio, some reggae tunes, or a marvelous mariachi band. Sit back, relax, and be serenaded under the stars.
You’re all set to start summer off right.