Now that winter is finally in the rear view mirror, many people are thinking about spring cleaning! That means cleaning out that cluttered closet, maybe unpacking those couple boxes left in the garage, and dusting off the cobwebs in the living room. While our minds tend to go straight to indoor tasks, it’s also an excellent time to think about the exterior of your home. Warmer weather and longer days means many of us will spend more time on our decks, patios, and lawns; all three of which could probably use some sprucing up after bitter cold temperatures and snow, among other things.
There are a number of easy steps you can take this spring to not only increase your own enjoyment of your property, but also enhance your home’s curb appeal and, ultimately, its value should you be in the market to sell now or in the near future. (Psst! If you're interested you can check your home’s value here.)
Simple Home Maintenance
Mold, mildew, and dirt have likely built up on your house over the winter. You can bring siding, brick, or even your deck back to life in an afternoon by taking the time to power wash using a basic mixture of soap and water. The green and brown grime will disappear before you know it. Just be careful to hold the spraying wand at least several feet from the intended surface to avoid stripping paint or sealant.
If you live in a fairly wooded neighborhood, consider pulling out a ladder and removing leaves and gunk from gutters–you’ll be glad you did once that first spring thunderstorm hits. Clogged gutters are unsightly, but they can also cause a myriad of other problems including contributing to water entering your home under the roof’s flashing or the rotting of trim and overhangs.
Lawn & Garden
After a long, harsh winter, your lawn is probably not looking its best. Help bring it back to life by first raking and bagging any loose leaves. This will also serve to remove much of the dead, brown blades of grass present on your lawn and help new blades make their way to the surface more easily. Once that’s done, spread some fertilizer across the yard and water those seedlings as often as possible. You may even want to consider hiring an aeration service to till your lawn so the seeds penetrate deeper into the topsoil.
Spring is also a great time to prepare your gardens and flower beds. There are several great nurseries in Richmond and surrounding counties with experts available to help you plan our your perennials. Just be sure to wait until the last frost has passed! Stay on top of these tasks and you’ll have a lush, green lawn and colorful flower beds ready for kids’ activities, pets, and barbecues.
If you didn’t or couldn’t store outdoor furniture away for the winter, don’t worry. You can bring these items right back to their best shape with a little determination and some elbow grease. If your wrought-iron patio furniture has begun to rust, simply coat with a rust-resistant primer and apply a fresh coat of stain or paint. For worn and weathered wooden furniture, coat with an outdoor-grade varnish or sealant to restore a brighter glow. Specialized paints can be used to restore plastic lawn furniture, too.
By investing a few weekend afternoons in your home’s exterior, you’ll have a cleaner, brighter, more inviting space to enjoy and entertain family and friends and you’ll go a long way towards improving your home’s curb appeal and overall value.