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Top Tips for Cleaning Your Home’s Exterior


Spring is the perfect time to clean your home’s exterior after those long winter months. Believe it or not, winter can leave behind a lot of dirt, debris, and grime - not just snow, and can leave your home looking dull, uninviting, and uninspiring. That is why spring cleaning has become important for many homeowners. Unfortunately, most people focus only on the interior space and not much on the exterior. But your outdoor space is equally important. So, with winter coming to a close, here are some tips for cleaning your home’s exterior for spring

Start with a thorough inspection of your home’s exterior

You first want to conduct a detailed inspection of your home’s exterior space after winter. Before you start cleaning, take the time to look for any damage, like missing tiles on your roof or cracks in your walls. Inspect your gutters to see if there’s any debris piled up, and ensure that the gutter is still attached to your home. Next, inspect your doors, windows, walkway, and driveway to ensure they’re in perfect condition. And if you have a lawn, look for signs of dead or dying plants and check for winter lawn pests. And speaking of lawns, the next point is also important.

Spruce up your landscaping

Winter can have a damaging effect on your home’s landscaping. So, check for and remove dead plants and trim back overgrown shrubs, hedges, and trees. Also, add a new lease of colorful life to your landscaping by planting new flowers or adding mulch to your new flower beds. 

Wash your windows

During winter, dirt and grime can collect on your windows, leaving them uninviting. And if your home is close to the streets, you can expect salt and other chemicals used to clear roads and sidewalks of ice to accumulate on your windows. And this can cause significant damage over time. Shop for a good window cleaning product and a squeegee or soft cloth and clean all your windows. Cleaning your windows will not only keep them looking good but will also ensure that they’re in good condition for years. 

Clean your gutters

As a responsible homeowner, you’re supposed to clean your gutters at least twice yearly - once in the fall and the other in early spring. An extended winter period can clog your gutters. Also, small tree branches, twigs, leaves, and other types of debris can build up over time, and you need to get rid of them. If you have a garden hose, you can use it to flush out almost anything in your gutters in no time. And be sure to repair any damages to your gutters or replace them if necessary. 

Check out the chimney

If your home comes with a chimney, look for signs of damage to the top of the structure. Most chimney designs come with a rain cover or grate. If you have no problem climbing onto your roof, you can inspect the rain cover and the flashing and look for cracks or gaps where water could penetrate. Freezing temperature can also damage your chimney’s masonry, allowing excess water in. You can hire an expert to inspect your chimney before attempting any cleaning. 

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