Every year, there will be certain home maintenance tasks you need to do to keep your home in the best shape it can be. If you don’t, falling behind can mean costly, extensive repairs later or much more effort than preventative maintenance would have required.
In this guide, we’ll introduce you to a few of these essential exterior home maintenance tasks in addition to why they’re important.
Keep the Exterior Clean
Every year, you should make an effort to go over the exterior of your home with a wash of some kind, such as with a pressure washer. Doing this helps remove dirt, grime, and moss from the outside of your home before it builds up too much, preserving your curb appeal and keeping the exterior of your home generally healthy.
If you have wood surfaces on the outside of your homes, such as windows or decks, make sure to preserve these too when they need freshening up with sealer or paint.
We’re going to give a special mention to gutter and roof issues on the exterior of your home because neglecting these can lead to costly and dangerous issues. Standing water around your foundation or roof can lead to mold, rot, or other water intrusions, damaging your house or your belongings.
To avoid these type of damages, keep your gutters in good condition – clean them several times per year if possible to keep them operating correctly, and check your roof for any loose shingles while you’re up there.
Tame Your Garden
Gardens and lawns can quickly grow out of control if they’re not tended regularly. If you live in an area with homeowners’ association rules, an untended garden can soon turn into fines or other trouble from the neighborhood association.
More importantly, overgrown plants can attract other pests like hornets, snails, and rodents that like to live among the overgrowth. Pulling weeds regularly is much easier than killing it all later and starting from scratch!
Keep it Airtight
You should check the exterior of your home for any openings or leaks at least once per year, and preferably after any freeze-thaw events or rough storms. Improper seals, cracks, and holes in the walls of your home can allow pests and water inside that can cause even more problems.
Additionally, when your home isn’t airtight, it’s allowing heat to escape in the winter and heat to invade in the summer, which raises your heating and cooling bills.