When it comes to spring cleaning, many of us think of cleaning all the nooks and crannies hidden inside our homes for most of the year. While this may be a good time to move that old bookshelf and clear out the dust bunnies, don’t forget about the outside of your house! We’ve found a great checklist for preparing your home to greet spring and summer.
Clean the gutters.
Clear out leaves, branches, and other debris from gutters and downspouts. Run a hose on the roof to check for leaks in the gutter; dry the area before caulking or using epoxy to fix any leaks.
Check your siding.
Pressure washing your siding can keep mold from growing on the side of your home. If you need to touch up areas with paint, make sure to sand and prime the area before painting.
Inspect and repair window and door screens.
If you have old screens lying around unused, use those to repair holes in your door or window screens. If you need to replace the entire screen, save the damaged screen to patch up holes next year!
Test out your sprinklers.
Check for leaky valves, malfunctioning sprinkler heads, or otherwise defective components.
Get out your pruning shears!
Trim all overgrown vegetation and bushes away from structures. When plants are allowed to grow freely against your home, it can wear away the paint causing costly repairs. Keeping branches and leaves away from your home can save money.
Flush out your drain waste and vent systems.
Ensure everything is working properly and clean out any residue from the winter.
Inspect your home’s foundation.
Check for heaving, cracking, or deterioration. If you are experiencing foundation problems, contact a foundation professional.
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Information from Homeadvisor.com.