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6 tips for updating your home's exterior this spring

6 tips for updating your home’s exterior this spring

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After a long, harsh winter, you probably cannot wait for your home’s exterior to be visible once again after months of snow and ice. With inclement weather, however, comes various issues that should be addressed as part of your spring cleaning routine. While this can seem like a daunting task, a few simple updates will have your home looking beautiful until next year’s snowy season. Use these six tips to get started sprucing up your curb appeal.

1. Power wash 
A great first step is to simply clean the outside of your house. Today’s Homeowner suggests starting your renovations by power washing your home’s exterior. While this procedure is effective, it can be somewhat harsh on sensitive materials like wood, so practice caution. Kick this up a notch by adding detergent specifically made for the surface you’re hosing down, recommends the source. Power washing will get rid of any dirt left over by snow, salt and sand plus help blast away lingering mold or mildew.

2. Check your roof 
Rain, snow, hail and ice can take a serious toll on your roof, so it is crucial that you examine it come spring. BobVila.com explains that it is not necessary to climb up there since this can be extremely dangerous. Instead, grab a pair of binoculars and survey the damage. Look for things like popped nails, missing, cracked or shifted shingles and other imperfections. If something catches your eye, be sure to examine it further since it might be a serious problem that requires your attention.

3. Repair gutters 
Today’s Homeowner suggests repairing gutters as a priority every spring since this is when they need the most attention. Start by checking for leaks at the joints. If you find some, repair them using gutter sealant when they are completely dry. Clear out any debris that may have collected with homemade gutter scoops. The source recommends creating these by cutting down a narrow plastic jug. Simply use the scoops to dig out and discard whatever may be clogging your gutters.

4. Fix your windows 
If you do not tend to your windows right after the winter, you risk letting hot air leak in all summer long. Bob Vila explains that you should check your weather stripping and caulking for any damage that may have occurred as a result of condensation. If you discover that  the weather seal may have been compromised, you might have to replace the glass, notes the source. Additionally, clean your windows with a store-bought spray and a soft cloth. If you left your screens on during the winter, make sure to remove those and clean them thoroughly as well.

5. Take inventory of outdoor appliances 
It is a good idea to evaluate the condition of all your outdoor accessories and appliances come spring, especially if you left any of them outside during the winter. Before firing up the grill, make sure to thoroughly clean it and check to see that it is working correctly. Give your outdoor fans a test run as well. Be sure to scrub down patio furniture, paying special attention to any mold, mildew or rust that may have developed.

6. Clean your deck 
If your home has a wood deck, it is a good idea to wash it once winter is over. Today’s Homeowner notes that wood can sustain lots of damage from harsh weather, so it is crucial that you wash this material properly. Purchase a deck cleaner and apply it using a pump-up sprayer.


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