Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips

S787_springcleanupNow that the snow has melted, the temperature is rising and the sun is shining, it’s time to put your spring work gloves on and get your home in tip top shape! Winter is a long season that affects the outside of your home so it’s important to keep up with the maintenance and cleanliness. Here are a few helpful upkeep tips to help guide you: 

 

  • Gutters – Clean out your gutters and remove all of the debris. Take a moment to walk around and inspect the fascia boards along your roof line. Replace or repair any gutters or fascia boards that are damaged, to prevent water damage to your roof and walls.
  • Windows & Window Screens – After the long winter season the exterior windows probably have built up dirt and mildew on them, preventing the maximum amount of sunlight to enter your home. You can clean them by using watered down window cleaner and a lint free towel to prevent streaks. Also, screens tend to collect dirt, which prevent the maximum amount of airflow throughout your home.  The most efficient way to clean them is to remove them from the window and place them on a flat surface. Gently wash them with soap, water, and a soft bristle brush. Then let them air dry and reinsert them into the window when completely dry.
  • Power Wash – With this powerful tool, you can give your home a complete makeover. Remove all of the mildew, stains and/or dirt by power washing the siding on your house, driveway, deck, and the sidewalks.  When power washing your deck, make sure to use the appropriate cleaner so it doesn’t get ruined. Also, if you give it a fresh coat of paint, don’t forget to finish it off with a protective finish to repel any water that comes into contact with it.
  • Pruning – Trim and cut all of the damaged shrubs, bushes and branches. If you have bushes surrounding your home, make sure they are at least 2-3 feet clear of the house.  Also, yank up all of the weeds and dead roots to help the process of growth and sprouting.
  • Lawn Care – The poor lawn has been through snow, sleet, rain and hail. It’s time to show it some love by removing all of the winter remains, broken branches and soggy leaves. Rake up the dead grass and remains to give room for fresh grass to grow and glow green!

Once you’re finished, take off your worn out spring gloves, kick up your feet, and admire your transformed home!

May 2nd, 2014 by Quincy Insurance Agency LLC