Springtime maintenance for your home

Top tips to get your home ready for spring

There is nothing like arriving at a fresh looking, beautiful home after a long workday or to start a weekend.  The early spring is a great time to tackle some outdoor home maintenance projects that will beautify your home for your enjoyment or to get ready for listing.

Make sure gutters and downspouts are clean and unclogged.  It’s important to direct rainwater away from the house and foundation to prevent leaking basements and water damage that can prove costly to homeowners.  Did you know that six hundred gallons of water falls on a 1,000 square foot rooftop for every one inch of rainfall?  Make sure that soffit and fascia are clean and in good repair, too!

Clean and re-caulk around windows to prevent drafts and leaks and to improve the heating and cooling efficiency of your home.  Scrape away old caulking before applying the new.  Remember to clean the siding of your home, too!  Green algae can grow on the north side where there’s little sunlight.  Remove this with a garden hose, detergent, brush and some elbow grease. This freshens and improves the look of your home showing pride of ownership!

Doors, windows, shutters and their trim should be clean and may need a fresh coat of paint.  Remember to clean and shine the knobs and glass, too.  Consider staining your deck.  This not only protects the wood but also enhances the beauty of your home.

Nothing showcases spring better than budding flowers and a lush green lawn!  This may be as simple as raking the leaves and adding a planter or two of flowers or have a landscaping company come in and take care of it.

Whether you’re getting ready to list in time for the spring’s hot seller’s market, or if you just want to enjoy your home at it’s peak, completing some basic home maintenance is a great way to ensure your home is functioning at its best, keeping it healthy, clean, comfortable and cost effective!

 

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