Exterior Spring (Cleaning) Tips

(March 15, 2016 )

Change Outdoor Bulbs - Clean all light fixtures, and replace burnt-out bulbs with energy-saving CFL bulb
Give Your Door Some Love - Restore the luster of your door by polishing the hinges and knobs, paint or stain the door with a color that stands out, yet also complements the trim and siding, put out a clean, new welcome mat -- and make sure the doorbell works.Repair the Walkway - Snow and cold can wreak havoc on your walkway. With warmer weather approaching, take this time to patch cracks and replace loose bricks and pavers. Powerwash or purchase a chemical treatment to clean up embedded stains in concrete, stone or asphalt.Prune and Mulch - Prune dead branches, trim back overgrown shrubbery and remove any obstructive plantings. Spread mulch or bark around trees, shrubs and flowers for a weed-free, well-kept look.Freshen Up Furniture - Spray a fresh coat of paint on furniture and replace the cushions. Fill an empty spot on the porch or deck with a modern bench or porch swing. Keep It Clean - Sweep the sidewalk and stoop, clear away cobwebs, tighten wobbly railings, and repaint posts and supports.Clear Gutters - This can save you a lot of money on repair costs. Inspect your downspouts and gutters just before the spring rains start to be sure they’re clear of leaves, tree limbs and other debris that might cause problems later on. Clogging usually occurs at the elbow in a drainage system, where the downspout connects to the gutter. Since this elbow is relatively easy to remove, take it off and inspect for clogging.