As the snow melts and the sun starts to shine, you may pull up to your house and start noticing some things that may have been neglected over those long winter months. With the nicer weather comes the added responsibility of maintaining the external aspects of your home. But this isn’t as daunting as it seems! Read on for a simple checklist.
- Clean those gutters! Grab a ladder (and a pair of gloves) and remove as much debris as you can with your hands. You can then use a garden hose to flush out the rest. As long as you’re up there, make sure to check for damaged pieces or holes, 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 (you want some of that fresh air inside, don’t you?) and replace or repair any that have issues. This is also a good time to vacuum the screens and clean the external windows.
- Examine the roof- check for damage or missing shingles and make any small repairs necessary. If you are able, clear away any sticks, moss, or other debris. Don’t hesitate to contact a roofer with questions!
- 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 not only cleans the lawn, but also invigorates the ground to encourage grass growth. Reseed any bare parts that are missing grass, and it is recommended to aerate the lawn as well.
- Walk around your house- look at all the places that are caulked or have weather stripping (specifically around doors and windows) and see if there is any damage there. Re-caulk cracks and replace old weather stripping.
- Have that garage full of who-knows-what? 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 can be a really handy tool for storage and doing work.
- Clean the siding- If you really want your house to pop, wash the external siding. You’ll be surprised at how much brighter it looks! You can either wash it by hand with rags and hot water or use a power washer for a more efficient cleaning.
Of course, these are the basics, and there are plenty of other things you may or may not have to do to get your own little great outdoors looking how you want it. There might be porches, decks, patios, outdoor furniture- the list goes on. But the trick is to just get started! Try designating one whole weekend to just work outdoors, and you can probably get your whole list done.
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