As the weather clears up and becomes nicer, you might start to notice some things that may have been neglected on your house over those long winter months. The responsibility of maintaining the external aspects of your home can seem daunting at first, but don’t stress! Read on for a simple checklist of the basics.
- Clean the gutters- Grab a ladder (and a pair of gloves) and remove as much debris as possible with your hands. You can then use a garden hose to flush out anything else. As long as you’re there, make sure to check for damaged pieces, as sections of gutter can easily be replaced if necessary.
- Check the foundation vents- If you have a crawl space or half basement, check the vents along your foundation wall and clear out any debris. Replace them if there is damage to prevent critters from sneaking into your house.
- Inspect window screens- Check for damage that could let bugs in when the windows are open and replace or repair any that have issues. This is also a good time to vacuum the screens and clean the outside of the windows.
- Examine the roof- check for damage, missing shingles, and anything suspicious looking. Make any small repairs as necessary. If you are able, clear away any sticks, moss, or other debris. Don’t hesitate to contact a roofer for a second opinion if you are unsure about something.
- If you have a lawn, now is the time to rake up leftover leaves, fallen sticks, and anything else that may have ended up in the lawn. Raking cleans the lawn and also invigorates the ground to encourage grass growth. Reseed any bare parts that are missing grass, and it is recommended to aerate as well if you want a full lawn.
- Walk around your house and look at all the places that are caulked or have weather stripping (particularly around doors and windows) and see if there is any damage. Re-caulk cracks and replace old weather stripping.
- Have that garage full of piles of random stuff? Have a spring cleaning for your garage as well! Throw away the garbage, organize tools and equipment, and have designated areas (and quality containers) for storage. Clean the inside and wash windows. A clean garage is a useful garage.
- Wash the siding- If you really want your house to look great, wash the external siding. You’ll be surprised at how much brighter the color looks. You can either wash it by hand with rags and hot water or use a power washer for a more efficient cleaning.
Now you can get the outside of your home looking as beautiful as the inside- as long as you’ve done your spring cleaning, that is! A well maintained home is safer and more inviting for you and your guests. Happy spring!
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