The DIY bug tends to hit people every time the seasons change, and your biannual home improvements make your house look immaculate and renovated year round. However, people don’t often pay as much attention to the exteriors, leaving the outside of the house looking unimpressive, dull, and maybe a little faded. This summer, try putting some life back into your exteriors and make your house look just as beautiful on the outside as it does on the inside.
Clean your gutters
You know your gutters are long overdue for a cleaning if you see evidence that animals are living in them. Mice, birds, lizards, frogs, and even feral cats are all likely to find a home amongst all the compressed debris in your gutters. Eventually, you might also see signs of plant life growing in those gutters. If it’s still not addressed, the blocked gutters could also damage your roof. You can avoid this is you make a point to clean your gutters at least twice a year.
Inspect your roof
While you’re sorting out your gutters, you should also inspect the roof for curled and missing shingles, cracked caulk around pipe collars, and other roof penetrations. You can also do this inspection with a pair of binoculars. Make a note of anything that needs doing, then hiring a roof expert to get it done. You should conduct regular checks on your roof to make sure there is no damage, as this type of problem can spiral out of control quickly if not addressed.
Clear your driveway
The next time you set out to do some weeding in your backyard or front lawn, remember to tackle the weeds that are pushing through the cracks in your driveway, then follow up with a thorough cleaning using a pressure washer to remove dirt and grime. From here, if your drive has seen better days then you should contact the paving centres in your local area to get an idea about the best paving solutions to suit your needs. However, if you feel that you can do the repairs yourself, then you should start patching any cracks or holes in concrete surfaces with a concrete resurfacer.
Maintain your lawn
If you have a beautiful back garden, you might not pay much attention to your front lawn. The next time you set a day aside for gardening, don’t move onto the backyard until the lawn in front is completely mowed and the bushes are trimmed. You’ll save yourself a lot of fights with your neighbours if you keep the front in good condition.
Sunshine and other elements can leave your once-beautiful paintwork looking a bit faded, so it might be time to repaint the whole house. When the painting is complete, it’s a good idea to invest in a high quality exterior wall coating. Carefully applying it to the outside of the house will help to weatherproof your property and can reduce the risk of problems such as damp arising inside your home.