Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your home and prepare for the warmer months ahead. From decluttering to deep cleaning, take a few simple steps to ensure your home is in tip-top shape. Here are five tips to help you get your home exterior ready for spring:
1. Plan Spring Projects Early
Homeowners can benefit from planning spring projects early. Contractors may offer discounts or promotions for early bookings, saving you money on spring projects. Think about how you could refresh your outdoor living areas this spring, and consider budget-friendly ideas for small outdoor spaces. Plan early to help keep your project on schedule and completed sooner.
2. Maintain the Roof & Gutters
Assess the roof for damage and repair if required. Remove any fallen branches, moss and debris. While you’re up the ladder, clean the gutters and downspouts by removing as much waste as possible. Ensure downspouts face away from your home to drain water away and help prevent foundation water damage.
3. Inspect Your Siding & Windows
Check your siding and windows for signs of winter damage. Repair any issues as soon as possible to prevent further damage. If siding damage is limited to a small area, it may be more cost-effective to repair the section. However, if the damage is widespread, consider replacing your siding. Drafts or decaying frames signify a potential need to replace the problem window.
4. Pressure Wash Outdoor Surfaces
Use a pressure washer to remove winter grime and mildew from outdoor surfaces such as a patio, path or deck. Alternatively, clean vinyl siding easily with mild soap and water using a cloth or long-handled, soft-bristled brush.
5. Repaint or Stain Exterior Woodwork
If the paint or stain on your home exterior is faded or chipped, consider repainting or staining to give your house a fresh, updated appearance. Restain or reseal wood decks, fences and outdoor structures to keep them in great condition. Create a trending exterior colour palette with classic white siding and trim or soft, earthy tones such as light greys and browns.