Owning a home is a great investment. But like any investment you have to put some time and effort into managing it. Everyone knows that keeping up the inside of the house is important. But when was the last time you put some time or effort into maintaining the exterior of your home? Exterior maintenance is also very important. Without regular maintenance the integrity of the structure can be compromised. In addition to making your house look bad not taking care of regular outside maintenance can damage your home and hurt your investment. Let’s take a quick look at some of the basic exterior home cleaning that you should be doing, or having done, on a regular basis.
Cleaning exterior windows will make a house look great. Over time dirt, debris, dust, pollen and grime build up on exterior window surfaces. That makes the house look dull and uncared for. But regular window cleaning does more than just make your house look better. Getting those windows cleaned will make the glass and the window frame last longer. If you get the window professionally cleaned you can also help keep the structures around the windows, like the window frames, in good repair.
Many home owners don’t bother cleaning the exterior windows, especially ones that are on the second story or high windows like skylights. But over time the window frames can become damaged and leak, which can lead to wood rot all through the house. Or glass can become chipped from rocks and debris being flung at the windows by the wind. A professional window cleaner will clean even the highest windows on your home and inspect the window frames and surrounding areas and let you know if there are any damaged areas that need to be fixed.
Eavestrough cleaning is another home cleaning project that many home owners neglect. It really is a tough job and most home owners would rather not give up their weekends or days off to clean out messy eavestroughs. But over time the buildup of leaves, standing water, and other debris can back up and leak into your home. That can cause mold to grow within your walls or your basement. Sometimes small animals even take up residence in the eavestroughs, especially during the winter or rainy season.
If you don’t want to clean the eavestroughs out yourself hiring a professional is a smart way to get the job done without you having to give up your free time to do it. Professionals have the experience and high grade equipment to deal with any debris that might be clogging up your eavestroughs. Home repair experts recommend that you get your eavestroughs cleaned at least twice a year, or clean them yourself at least twice a year. If it’s been awhile since you cleaned out your home’s eavestroughs you should make it a priority to clean them or have them cleaned before the winter comes.
Another exterior maintenance job that most home owners don’t often think about is patio cleaning. But simply sweeping off the patio once and awhile isn’t enough to keep it in good repair. Concrete and stone can crack if water seeps into it and then freezes. Stains, dirt, debris and other things can damage the patio. It can also become chipped or uneven over time.
You should power wash the patio at least twice a year. Once it’s really clean you can see if there are any damaged areas that need to repaired or uneven areas that need to be evened out for safety. Most homeowners don’t own a pressure washer and don’t really know how to use one. You can rent power washers at most home improvement stores or you can hire a professional exterior home specialist to come and power wash your patio. A professional can also take care of another important task – power washing your home’s siding or brick.
Pressure washing or power washing your home is a fantastic way to add value to your home. If you’re thinking about selling your home getting your home pressure washed can add thousands of dollars to the value of your home. But power washing your siding does more than make your home look great again. Power washing your home will clean off all the cobwebs, dirt, pollen and other gunk that gets left on your home throughout the year. That will extend the life of your siding and keep you from having to pay to totally redo the siding on your home. Power washing brick exteriors or stucco does the same thing and can prevent expensive repairs down the road.
When was the last time you took a good look at your driveway? If you haven’t done more than sweep off the driveway in a long time now is the time to get the driveway cleaned and possibly resealed. Always start by power washing the driveway to get all dirt and stains off it. Then you should take care of any cracks or chips in the driveway and make sure there are no weeds or plant life growing in the cracks or ruts in the driveway. Once it’s really clean you can have a professional advise you whether or not the driveway needs to be resealed. Resealing the driveway on a regular basis will keep your driveway in good repair and keep your house looking great.
Exterior home cleaning can be time consuming. But whether you are going to sell your house or you just want to keep it looking great and in good repair regular home exterior maintenance is an important part of home ownership. If you’re not good at home repairs or you don’t want to put the time and effort into doing routine exterior maintenance hiring professionals is a great way to get the job done at a reasonable cost without having to give up your limited free time.