After winter is over, it’s time to start spring cleaning. Organizing the house, getting rid of winter clothes and opening the windows to air out dry air are all things on many homeowners’ list of things to do. But in addition to cleaning out the inside of your house, it’s equally important to remember to clean and maintain the outside of your home. We’ve put together a list of important projects to add to your to-do list this spring, and we can help you with all of it!
- Pressure wash your home. Pressure washing your home is the most affordable way to increase your home’s value. Your home’s curb appeal is important and pressure washing removes stains and mildew that can make a home look unattractive. It’s also a good way to save money on costly home repairs, as having a clean home extends the life of your siding, driveway, porch and deck. Not to mention that a dirty home can harbor bacteria, mold, mildew and algae. Cleaning your home every spring keeps your family healthier as well.
- Clean your gutters. Your gutters are the catch all of dirt and debris all winter long, and spring rain and wind can be tough on them as well. Cleaning them out is crucial, not only for the gutters themselves but for your siding, your landscaping, and more. Dirty, clogged gutters can create major problems for you as a homeowner. Having them clean is especially important. You can also consider installing LeafGuard® Gutters, which keep your gutters clean for the lifetime of your home.
- Seal and stain your deck. Deck staining is important to not only enhance the look of your deck, but to keep your wood healthy and extend the life of the deck itself. Your outdoor space is important, especially before Iowa’s summer kicks in. Staining your deck will give your outdoor space a fresh look, while also protecting the wood from rotting and warping. It is exposed to the elements all year long and it’s critical to keep it protected.
- Use compacted soil in low areas. With spring and summer rains, it’s easy for water to collect in low areas of your yard or near foundation. Using compacted soil in these areas will prevent yard flooding and basement flooding, which can lead to foundation damage. It also prevents insects from breeding in low-lying areas that will fill with water throughout the summer.
- Check your driveway and sidewalks. The winter season often brings cracked sidewalks and driveways come spring. Although we didn’t have much of a winter this year, it’s still important to check these spots each spring, and to repair any damages to your concrete as they come up. Cracks will keep spreading, which will cause more of a headache later. Clean and seal any cracks or damages to prolong the life of your driveway, patio or sidewalks.
- Paint exterior. If you’re planning on painting your home’s exterior, spring is the good time to start the process. Giving your home a fresh coat of paint will increase your home’s value immediately, and make you feel like you have a whole new house. There are lots of new colors that are in style, and it’s a good way to keep your home looking good, while protecting your exterior.
- Check screen doors and windows. Spring is the best time to have your doors and windows open, and allow fresh air to pass through your house. You don’t want to do that if there are tears or holes in your screens though. Carefully check each screen in your home to make sure there are no damages! If not, you will allow insects and other debris to enter your home.
- Inspect faucets and hoses outside. Now that freezing temperatures are over, you want to check your faucets to make sure there are no leaks in your pipes or holes in your hoses. If you don’t make sure these are flowing correctly, you risk some serious water damage inside your home.
- Check foundation vents. Houses with crawl spaces have vents along the foundation walls. The vents provide the home with circulation that helps rid the air of excess moisture and prevent mold growth. These vents also have screens that prevent pests from getting under your residence. These screens become a spot for all kinds of debris, including twigs, leaves, and trash. It’s good to clean these out occasionally, which keeps the vents working properly.
- Check your sump pump. Spring in Iowa means flooding in many neighborhoods throughout the state. It’s CRITICAL that you check to make sure your sump pump is working properly once the storm season begins. If you miss this crucial step, you could deal with extensive basement and foundation damage.
The Handyman Company can help you with all your spring home maintenance needs. It can get pricey to call people from all areas of expertise to come and help you with these projects. We can handle it all, which means working with one person at a much more affordable cost. Spring in Iowa only lasts for a short period before our humid summer takes over. So enjoy your spring, and let us handle your checklist.