6 Home Spring Cleaning Tips
1. Power Wash siding/sidewalks
6. Clean Gutters
Power Wash siding/sidewalks – With Spring just around the corner and the weather starting to warm up now is a great time to prepare for outside house maintenance. You’ll want to pressure wash any areas that may have dirt and debris left over from winter. Start with the siding on the house, if necessary to freshen up the curb appeal. Power washing will help eliminate any dirt buildup and make the siding look like new! Don’t forget to hit the driveway and sidewalks. This is a great way to make sure any remaining salt from winter is washed away. Salt is very corrosive and can cause discomfort in pets and children walking barefoot outside. Also, buildup underneath your car can cause premature rusting and parts to fail early than usual. Power washing the outside of the home will also add to the overall look and show the pride of homeownership!
Plant – If you are thinking about a garden, or want to freshen up the curb appeal, now is a great time to begin the process of planting. It will take some time to grow a garden and the best time to start is right when the weather starts to break, or now! If you are not much of a green thumb, don’t sweat it. A few potted plants that are hung from porches or lining the walk way leading to the door will look great, too!
Landscape – Before the grass begins to grow and the lawn cutting season begins, this is a great time to begin any projects or simply clean up any leftover leaves and debris from fall and winter. If your home is already landscaped nice consider trimming back any overgrown areas before they become a hazard or make the house look less appealing from the outside. You may even want to consider hiring a professional landscaper to help with tree/bush trimming, adding patio blocks, or landscape ties, anything that you dream of that will make the house feel more like a home to you.
Paint – If your house has wood siding, now is a good time to touch up any areas that are peeling. If it is brick, aluminum or some other type of material, this is a great time to go around and see if the door and window frames are wood and need to be touched up. A little paint can go along way with the curb appeal. It will make your home feel warm and inviting.
On a side note, if you live in an HOA community and you’re considering painting the front door a color, you will want to check the rules and regulations. There may be certain colors that you are to use or avoid using. This is a good time to reach out and make sure the HOA will not have any issues with you painting your front door. (Yes, they can suck sometimes).
Deck – Have you considered building a deck for outdoor entertainment? This is a perfect time to begin the process of planning and designing. This way you will be able to have all spring and summer to enjoy your hard work if you plan on doing it yourself or enjoy your beautiful design.
Already have a deck? That’s great! Don’t forget to reseal and/or paint if needed. This will protect the life of the wood over the course of many years. It will also help prevent the wood from rotting from excess water and damage from the elements.
Clean Gutters – Last, but not least remember to clean out the gutters. The winter can wreak havoc on gutters and leave them clogged or damaged from ice and extreme weather. You will want to make sure to clean out any debris and free up the connection from the gutter to the down spout. Make sure as you are cleaning that the gutter is properly fastened to the house and adjust if needed. Ensuring the gutter is fastened and cleaned will help prevent water damage from any major storms that can result. This will also help extend the life of your siding and roof by allowing water to exit the exterior of the house as opposed to building up and pooling on the roof or exterior of the structure.
Double check downspouts to make sure they are connected. Also, you will want to have extensions on your downspouts that pull the water away from the home as far as possible. This is especially important if you have a basement. The last thing you want is a lot of water building up near the foundation that will over time become problematic to deal with.
Hope you enjoyed these 6 tips for spring cleaning!