Outdoor Upgrades Your Home Will Thank You for Doing

Is your home ready for Spring? Now is the perfect time to take a look at your exterior and decide what repairs and improvements your home needs. Many exterior projects such as gutter cleaning, replacing rotted wood and window caulking can go a long way to improve your curb appeal and protect your home. Outdoor home renovations can enhance the look of your home and offer increase the value of your property.

So, what is home maintenance?  Our definition of home maintenance is basically anything that involves checking or maintaining structures, appliances or fixtures in your home. Running a home, whether it’s big or small can be a pretty intimidating task to say the least. The reality of life is that it’s all too easy to let the maintenance of your home slide to the bottom of your priority list; but it should be made a top priority. Here’s a few projects you should be in the outdoor area of the house. Need help? Give us a call, no job is too small! 888-HOUSEDOC

Gutters and downspouts

Your home’s primary defense against flooding; the health of your home. Gutters are often overlooked by homeowners but they definitely shouldn’t be. Gutters have one main purpose: divert water away from you home. Heavy rain can cause a major disaster to your home, failure to keep up with your gutters could land you in deep water. Spring is a great time to pull leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. It’s also important to reattach gutters that have pulled away from the house. We also recommend you run a hose on the roof and check for proper drainage. If there is a leak, dry the area and use caulking or epoxy to seal the leak.

Exterior Caulking

Caulking provides both a great visual appearance and more importantly creates a seal between two areas of surface to keep water from getting into your home. As the weather gets warmer, it’s a good idea to Inspect all caulking and replace if deteriorating. Scrape out all of the eroding caulk and re-caulk needed area.

Window and Door Screens

Windows and door screens are the barriers of defense for your home; they keep the pests out and let the fresh air in. We recommend having the screen cleaned and checked for holes. If holes are bigger than a quarter, that is plenty of room for bugs to climb in. Patch holes or replace the screen. You can also save bad screen to patch holes next year. Remember that wind can ruin screens and frames.

Deck and Porches

A deck can serve and a great outdoor space and a natural extension of your house, however cleaning and maintenance is required. A well-maintained deck can add to the property value of your home. Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose members and deterioration. We recommend that open decks and wood fences need to be treated every 4-6 years, depending on how much exposure they get to sun and rain. If you aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to maintaining your deck, we would be happy to help! Let’s make the most out of your outdoor space!

There is a lot involved when talking about the responsibilities of maintaining your home; not every can do it and not everyone wants to do it themselves. That’s where we come in. Give us a call today to tackle your Spring to-do list! 888- HOUSEDOC

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