Spring cleaning doesn’t have to stop at your doorway. Many homeowners forget that the exterior of their houses need just as much care as the interior. You can boost your curb appeal and add years to the exterior features of your home by cleaning the right elements at the right time. Here are some outdoor spring cleaning tips to get you started.
Trim Back Trees That Hang Over Your Roof
Overhanging tree limbs can create a number of problems in the spring. The weight from Michigan’s heavy rain storms can cause the branches to sag, dripping high volumes of water onto your roofing. This puts the entire roof at risk if the branch breaks off. In addition to these issues, the extended tree limbs can act as bridges for ants, squirrels, and other creatures you may not want running around your house. Cut the branches back, and you can make it through spring worry-free.
Clean Your Gutters
If your gutters are still clogged from autumn, you may want to spend some time gutter cleaning. This task is best done right before and right after the fall months, but some homeowners need to do it before then. This is especially true in Michigan because of the amount of precipitation we get every year. You need a proper way to channel that precipitation so it does not build up inside your guttering or around your home’s foundation. Clean out the gutters and install gutter guards to keep out the debris in the future.
Power Wash Your Siding
Power washing is a quick and easy way to get rid of the dirt and grime that has built up on your home’s exterior over time. Whether you have vinyl siding, metal siding, brick and mortar, or anything else along those lines, you can probably benefit from a good power wash. With that in mind, some older homes in Michigan are too delicate to withstand the water pressure of a power washer. In that case, you may need to explore other exterior cleaning solutions.
Wash Your Garage Door
Even if you have already thought of washing your home’s siding, you may have forgotten your garage door. This is a major component of your home’s curb appeal, and it deserves to be treated as such. Dilute some dish soap in a bucket and scrub the door by hand. You can even get your children to help you with the lower parts of the door. Rinse off your work with a garden hose, and you’ll be set for spring!