Buying a beautiful home is a dream for most people and they go to great lengths to ensure that it comes true. But the real task lies ahead as it is quite a challenge to keep it in the best shape. Maintaining the house is not just about keeping the interiors spic and span but also about the exteriors. By doing so it not only helps to minimize damage due to lack of maintenance it also adds more value to the property in case you think of selling it. If you don’t remember when was the last time you cleaned the exterior of a house, here are some tips to help with it.
Cut Overgrown Landscaping
Landscaping adds great curb value to the home but if the same is not maintained properly it gives the home a depleted look. Additionally, the overgrowing landscape can damage the exterior of the house and hence needs to be trimmed. If you do choose to leave it unattended beware it can lead to mildew, scratches, and peeling of the paint.
Clean and Repair the Siding of the House
The siding of the house adds to the exterior beauty of the house. It comes in many options like brick, wood, shingle, tiles, etc. Depending on the type used it can be cleaned using soap and water. A stiff brush can be used to clean the tough stains if you have a big house use a hosepipe to clean it. Clean the exterior at least twice a year to keep the exterior beauty intact. If you see that the siding is damaged repair it immediately as rainwater can seep into the interiors.
Paint the Exterior Walls
Exterior paint makes the house look beautiful and also protects the walls from water damage and mildew. If you see signs of chipping or peeling of paint a fresh coat of paint or a touch up using the same wall paint colour should be done. Contact a professional if you are adding a fresh coat of paint and schedule it at the start of summer as the chances of it washing off in rain is less.
The roof is an important part of the house. Even a small leak can lead to roof damage and major expenses for you. Ensure that the roof is dry and also inspect it regularly to see if there are any missing roof tiles or damages and get it fixed immediately. Though roofs have a long life, annual maintenance ensures that it is strong.
Keep the Gutter Clean
The gutters in the house control the flow of dirty water in your house. It controls the rainwater and protects the foundation, siding, and roof. A clogged gutter in the roof can lead to water accumulation, leaks, and infiltration into the house. Clean the gutters at least twice a year and ensure that it is unclogged during the rainy season as there can be heavy rains.
Clean the Patio
Clean the patio of any dust or grime even if you use it often. Winter is the time when you do not use it often to ensure that there is no moisture accumulation. Make a thorough inspection of the deck by checking if there are any loose nails, chipped tiles, mildew, etc. If there is an overgrowth pull them out. Clean the patio using a broom, spray water using a hose and seal any broken tiles.
The exterior of the house may have the best texture paint designs but if left to the vagaries of nature it can lose its sheen. Follow the above maintenance tips to ensure your house remains beautiful.