It’s that time of the year again. The weather is starting to break and the thought of spending time outdoors becomes more and more appealing.
On the other hand, this time of year also means it’s tie to shake things off and give your home a thorough cleaning. Don’t have the energy or not sure where to start? Well, we can’t help you with the energy part. But we can definitely show you everything you’ll need to get your home in good condition.
Work From the Outside In
The outside of your home is more than just the basis of its curb appeal. It’s a significant part of the home’s structure that is too often neglected until it’s no longer minor maintenance that is necessary. Prevent issues like these from popping up by keeping an eye on them while they are relatively small.
Roofs don’t get a lot of thought until there’s a problem. No leaks? What reason is there to think about it? If it has been a while since anything was done to your roof, inspect the ceilings for wet spots after a day of heavy rain. This goes for the garage too.
Cracking, curling or buckling shingles is a sign that it is time for a new roof. If any of this is visible, have your roof professionally inspected.
These simple metal fixtures have the potential to save homeowners thousands upon thousands of dollars in foundation damage (and all of the related expenses that come with it). However, it only works if the gutters are free and clear to divert water away from the edge of the home.
It is especially important to see to it that gutters are clear of leaves and other debris. Waste no time in getting to this if there are trees near or directly above your roof. Moisture trapped by these leaves can lead to mildew and mold that can work its way into your home’s walls, causing significant damage.
Quick tip: the gutter’s downspout should be anywhere from 2 to 2 1/2 feet away from the walls of your home.
Trees and Shrubs
Months of not being on top of the landscaping means overgrown trees and bushes. Depending upon the situation, this can be more than just unsightly. Tree branches that are too close to the house can destroy siding over time and can cause structural damage if broken by storms. Vines should be trimmed or removed from areas you don’t want them, as they can allow pests and moisture access to your home through cracks in the siding it can cause.
Paint does more than just give your house a pretty color, it serves as a layer between your home and the elements. Cracks in that paint can allow moisture into the wood, which attracts destructive pests like termites and can also lead to rot.
Scrape away any cracked paint. Sand down what’s left. Apply a coat of primer. When that has fully cured, repaint the area (or the entire home) with quality paint.
Preparing the home for Spring can be an overwhelming project (or group of projects). But don’t worry, we’re going to provide you with a comprehensive guide that will cover ll of your Spring cleaning needs.