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Give spring a warm welcome by sprucing up your outdoor space
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Give spring a warm welcome by sprucing up your outdoor space

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PennyGem’s Elizabeth Keatinge tells us how you can get the most value on home remodeling projects.

Once warm weather arrives, you’re bound to spend more time outdoors. Since you winterized your patio, deck and garden, it’s time to prepare these areas for the sunny season. Wondering where to start?

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get your outdoor space ready for the warmer months in no time. Whether you need a simple list to get started or seek inspiration for a few upgrades to your outdoor space, you’ll find it here:

For some people, the best part about warmer weather is shopping for upgrades to their outdoor spaces. Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

Sian Babish is a writer for BestReviews, a product-review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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