Yes, that’s a tree growing in the gutter. We’ve all heard of “Spring Cleaning”. What some people don’t realize is that it also applies to the outside of your home. Spring is a great time to see what affects the winter has had on your home and to take care of it. This is also a way to protect your investment.
8 Home Maintenance Projects for the Exterior of Your Home:
Clean the Exterior – Power washing makes this easier, just be careful not to use too high a pressure as it can damage wood and soft materials. If you choose to do this yourself power washers for general residential use are relatively inexpensive and some box stores will rent you one.
Clean and Repair Gutters – Water is one of the costliest causes of damage in your home. Poor gutter maintenance can be a major contributor. Cleaning them out includes looking for any leaks and checking downspouts for obstructed waterflow.
Check and Repair Roof – Just like with gutters, a leaky roof can cause thousands of dollars of damage and in a very short time. You are looking for loose materials and leaks. Leaks can also be seen from the inside (attic or upstairs crawl space) where you will see water spots or peeling paint.
Clean and Repair Screens – Simple maintenance will extend the life of your screens. Removing them and cleaning them with soapy water and a gentle brush is all it takes. You also want to look for any holes or loose edges. For large holes or screens that have pulled loose you may wish to seek professional assistance to repair or replace.
Clean the Deck – The elements take a toll on your wood deck. Check for loose nails and rotting boards for real wood decks. For all types of decks use the proper cleaning materials and sealant.
Clean your Air Conditioner Coils – Dirty coils cause your air conditioner to work harder. This can also be accomplished as part of an annual AC maintenance contract. Window air conditioners also need regular maintenance.
Check Caulking on Windows and Doors – Harsh weather can cause caulk to harden and crack. Worn out caulk can cause water and air leaks.
Touch Up or Repaint – Check your doors, windows and shutters. Weather changes can cause fading and chipping.
NOTE: Many of these projects are easy DIY (Do-It-Yourself). However, depending on your experience and abilities some are best left to the professionals. Research the best ways to do these things BEFORE taking them on. Don’t be shy to hire a professional.
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“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”
~ Jane Austen