Spring is the perfect time to get started on outdoor cleaning and home maintenance. With these outdoor home maintenance projects, you’ll boost curb appeal and increase your property value.
Outdoor Home Maintenance: Start With the Roofing
Start your springtime maintenance by checking your roof for any loose or missing shingles. Replace any shingles that are broken or otherwise damaged. Clear away branches and debris from the roof. Check the gutters and clean them out if they are clogged with leaves, twigs, and dirt. Most homeowners clean their gutters in spring and in fall.
Clean the Exterior
Clean your siding with a pressure washer to remove dirt and mildew. This brightens the exterior of the home and extends the life of your siding. While you have the pressure washer out, clean the driveway, deck, walkways, and patio to make the exterior of your home look fresh and clean.
Trim Trees and Bushes
Outdoor home maintenance includes trimming your trees and bushes. Remove branches hanging over your roof or have a professional tree care company take care of this task. Make sure branches aren’t too close to electrical lines. Prune bushes to keep them healthy and attractive.
Remove leaves, branches, and dead grass from the yard. Add fresh mulch to keep the flower beds looking well-cared for and to protect new plants. Spring is a great time to plant new perennials and annuals in your flower beds.
Outdoor Home Maintenance: Lawn Care
Tune-up the mower and mow your lawn. Apply a lawn treatment for weed prevention and fertilization. Every few years, have your lawn aerated in the spring. This promotes new growth, healthier roots, and prevents thatch buildup. Hire a lawn care company or purchase tools to maintain your lawn.
Pave Your Driveway
If you have an asphalt driveway, add a fresh coat to it every year. Patch areas that are cracked or crumbling. If the driveway materials are old and beyond repair, have it repaved this spring.
Outdoor Lighting Maintenance
Spring is a good time to verify that the light bulbs are working in outdoor lighting fixtures. If you replace the bulb and a fixture doesn’t work, it may be an electrical issue or a defective fixture. Replace the fixture or call an electrician to help. Add landscaping spotlights and walkway lights to add some ambiance to your outdoor spaces. Keeping your home well-lit at night can also make your property safer.
Another item on your spring outdoor home maintenance list should be checking your fence and gates for needed repairs. If you have a wooden fence, check for rotting or warping wood. Make sure the gates close safely and completely. Perform any necessary repairs to the fencing.
Taking care of the exterior of your property and performing maintenance is important. By addressing these items every year, you help prevent small issues from becoming larger, more expensive problems.
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