Home Maintenance Checklist - Real Estate Guides - The New York Times

The exterior of your home deserves as much love as your interior. It is the first thing that visitors will see. Poorly maintained home fronts and yards are not only an eyesore, but they can also cause accidents and injuries. You probably spend money and time maintaining your home’s interior. Maintaining your home’s exterior must also be in your annual maintenance checklist. 

From lawn and deck maintenance to mud jacking your concrete driveways, here’s how you can upgrade the look of your home’s exterior: 

  1. Keep your lawn healthy and vibrant.

Your lawn can significantly affect the overall aesthetics of your home. Lawn care is vital to maintain a healthy and vibrant property. Lawns are not only for aesthetics. They are also good for your peace of mind. Looking at green sceneries can help calm the mind and spirit. Turfgrass also help make the air cleaner by filtering carbon and other air pollutants. Studies have also shown that a well-maintained turfgrass can filter more carbon dioxide than neglected lawn grass. 

Turfgrass that is left unattended and unfertilized will give you patchy lawns. Your lawn soil will also be prone to erosion. Keep your lawn looking pristine by reseeding it and applying fertilizers. Your lawn grass can help in noise reduction, preservation of topsoil, and reduction of heat. A well-maintained lawn can also increase the value of your property, should you decide to sell it in the future. 

  1. Clean your deck.

Your outdoor deck is exposed to all kinds of weather, debris, and dust. A yearly scrubbing will help maintain the life and beauty of your wooden deck. Daily, sweep up your deck, unless it is wet. Sweep off dried leaves, debris, and dust. The dirt will stick to the wood when your deck surface is wet. It will be challenging to clean them off your patio once they get stuck on the wood. Clear out any cracks in your deck. Leaves caught in between cracks can rot and affect your patio boards. Clean the crevices between boards to make sure everything is clean.

After you have swept your deck, it is time to wet the surface. Apply some deck cleaning agent or wash, then mop and scrub the surface. Make sure to use only cleaners that are made for wooden decks. You can also use bleach diluted in water to clean off algae, molds, and mildew. Lastly, once your wooden deck is sparkling clean, apply a deck sealer. This adds a layer of protection on your deck by repelling water. It can also extend the life of your wooden deck. 

  1. Keep your driveway clean and free from cracks.

Your concrete driveway is one of the first things that visitors will see in your home. Cracks and potholes in your concrete driveway are not only unsightly. They are also unsafe and can cause accidents, which can result in injuries or property damage. You can fix uneven concrete through mud jacking. Mud jacking or slab jacking can fix these concrete problems. Mud jacking performs two functions: fill the voids in your concrete and raise the interior floors to their original position. Mud jacking is quicker than removing and replacing the damaged concrete. 

You will also need to clean your concrete driveway regularly. Remove stains immediately and wash off dirt and debris. If left unattended, dirt and stains can leave marks on your concrete driveway. 

  1. Clean your siding. 

Although your home’s siding is designed to survive the elements of the weather, you’ll still need to maintain it to keep its beauty. Tree branches that brush against it, as well as the occasional ball from the neighbors, can result in dents and other damages. How often your siding maintenance should be done depends on the material of your siding.

For example, vinyl siding will benefit from power washing before or after summer. Your wood siding will need to be treated every four years. If you have stucco siding, you need to clean it at least once a year. Molds can easily thrive in stucco sidings because it is porous.

If you see any damage such as holes or a loose piece of siding, ask your trusted handyman to repair it immediately, no matter the material. 

  1. Take care of your plants.

Your plants make your home’s landscape beautiful and relaxing to look at. Put some fertilizers, pull out dead foliage, and keep them tidy. Remove weeds, add mulch, and water them regularly. Keep them safe from pests by installing traps and barriers.

  1. Maintain your roof.

Your roof should never be neglected. It keeps you and your home safe from the harsh elements of the weather. You can hire a professional roofer to perform a thorough inspection of your roof during summer. He can also clean your gutters and make sure it is free of debris and dried leaves. Make sure to inspect for the presence of moss and algae. These can significantly damage the integrity of your roof. A professional can clean them and apply products that can keep moss and algae off your roof.

Keeping the exteriors of your home clean can improve not just the aesthetics of your home but the quality of your life. Keep your home exteriors in your list of regular maintenance activities. Do not let simple problems deteriorate into more serious and expensive ones. By doing so, you are creating not just a livable home but also a relaxing and safe one.

 

 

 

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