Spring and summer months are the ideal time to catch up on cleaning and maintenance projects. Your house has likely gone all winter without major upkeep, so now is the perfect time to check that box before winter is here once again. You may have already tackled your priority cleaning projects like organizing the pantry, deep-cleaning the bathrooms, and dusting every inch of the house–but it’s important not to forget the cleaning and maintenance for your home’s exterior needs as well.
Take advantage of the comfortable weather, and plan a weekend to catch up on your outdoor upkeep. Here a few of the major must-do spring maintenance projects.
Make a Checklist
The best way to go about completing these projects is making a detailed checklist of everything you want to get accomplished. You may need to take a walk around your house to determine the full extent of the work that needs to be done. Pay particular attention to the state of your lawn and roof, and keep an eye out for structural damage!
Thoroughly examining your roof is one of the most important outdoor maintenance tasks. Even if just one single shingle is missing, your home could be plagued with mold and rotted wood as a result of leakage. Look for signs of damage, such as missing or damaged shingles, loose material, and debris. Afterward, assuming there’s damage, you’ll need to call a professional as soon as possible.
While you’re inspecting the roof, you should also take care of the gutters. After the fall and winter season, your gutters may be clogged with an abundance of dead leaves and miscellaneous debris. Clogged gutters can lead to water blockage, leading to overflow and eventually causing water damage and foundation issues. It’s worth noting that gutters should be cleaned at least once a year, twice if there’s a lot of tree cover. Most experts recommend cleaning gutters once in the spring and once in the fall, so grab your gloves, your ladder, and get to work!
A short walk around the lawn can give you an idea of the work that needs to be done. Keep an eye out for bare spots, determine if you need to start seeding new grass, and consider getting fertilizer if it’s not lush enough. You should also take note of any overgrown trees, bushes, and shrubs. Pruning branches can promote growth in plants, and properly trimming your foliage can add a lot of curb appeal to a home.
House Paint Refurbishment
Check your home’s exterior for paint cracks and peeling. Nothing ages a house more than wearing paint. Touching up any flaking or scratched paint can add a lot to the look of your home. Besides looking good, however, a fresh coat of paint can serve as an additional barrier against the elements.
Secure Doors and Windows
Finally, check all your doors and windows to make sure they’re all properly sealed, locked, and secured. Be sure to reapply your weather stripping as needed. Rechaulking your window’s seals can also maintain a tighter seal, making your home more energy-efficient. A few extra things to watch out for are squeaky hinges, loose screws, and damaged sliding mechanisms–and don’t forget to repair, install or switch out your screens.
Completing all these tasks can help significantly in renewing your home’s look, and is sure to increase your curb appeal. In addition to looking better, these projects can also make your home much more secure when Florida’s volatile hurricane season comes. Looking to buy or sell your home? Contact us at (352)-226-8228.