We spend so much time and money working in ensuring the interior of our homes are beautiful and clean, we can sometimes forget about the exterior; after all, we don’t see the outside of our properties quite as much as we do the inside, and it can easily be neglected because, as they say, ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
However, keeping the exterior of our homes well-maintained is just as important as the outside, both in terms of the way your property looks, and the way it performs. Read on to find out more about how to ensure your property is well-maintained on the outside.
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Cut Back Your Landscaping
If your front yard is overgrown and messy, it will detract from the look of your home no matter how beautiful the building itself might be. All people will see is the overgrown greenery and nothing more. As well as the look, those shrubs and branches could actually be causing damage to your home including scratching at windows and causing moisture to form behind paint (which will lead to rot and mildew).
If you spend a little time once a month or so cutting back anything that is overgrown in your front yard (or your backyard if it is close to the house and could be causing problems) then everything will look much more attractive and you’ll prevent additional damage.
Keep It Clean
Because we’re talking about the outside of your property, it’s going to be subject to the weather and the elements, and that will make it dirty. If your home has a standard brick exterior this isn’t going to notice quite so much, but if it has a different kind of exterior finish and the dirty and moss and so on show up, then you will need to clean it regularly.
This can be quite a task, although it’s easier if it is made of vertical metal siding compared to horizontal siding. Even though you might be able to do this job yourself, it’s often best to get a professional to do it for you. Window cleaners may be able to take on this task and they will make a good job of it, leaving your home looking sparkling clean and memorable for all the right reasons.
Clear Your Gutters
We’ve already mentioned how easy it is to forget about the exterior of your home, but on top of that (literally), it’s even easier to forget your gutters, yet they are so important to the good maintenance of your home. If your gutters get blocked with leaves and other debris, the water that should be taken away by them can spill over, causing an unsightly stain as well as maintenance issues like flooding and mold. This mold can even affect the inside of your property, and once that happens, you can find it very expensive to fix the issue.
Clean out your gutters at least twice a year, and they will work in the way they are meant to and your home will look better for it.