Keeping the outside of your home looking nice can be a chore. There always seems to be something that needs to be done, especially just before the holidays.
Here are 4 quick DIY tips for sprucing up the exterior of your home prior to hanging the holiday lights and decorations.
Wash your siding.
It is easier to wash your siding than it is to paint your whole house, and a pressure washer can make this job go much faster.
Depending on your climate, you may need to use soap to clean off any mold or mildew that has built up.
Check with a home improvement store for the correct type of soap that can be used on your siding. You can even use a pressure washer with other projects around the house such as cleaning patios, sidewalks and driveways.
Clean the gutters.
Cleaning out your gutters makes your home look better.
Having gutters that are stuffed full of leaves can be an eyesore and can make the job of hanging holiday lights and decorations messy and difficult.
It also has the added benefit of reducing water intrusion issues that may develop in your home – especially with the risks for further damage in freezing weather.
This is something that you can wait on doing until all the leaves are off the trees.
To prevent this issue, aapurchase guards that go over the tops of your gutters. Then you can use a special hose attachment and clean your gutters from the safety of the ground.
Refinish your deck.
A dirty deck can be a safety hazard.
Dirt and debris can cause your deck to become slippery even when it is not wet. Aside from using a pressure washer to clean off all the debris, it can also help to remove loose paint or stain. In more severe cases, you may have to strip your deck to remove any peeling paint.
Consider refinishing your deck with a special antiskid product. This will also make it easier to keep your deck clean in the future.
Revitalize your yard and flowerbeds.
Remove all the dead debris from your flowerbeds. Even if it isn’t the right season to put in new plants, this can make your home look less scrubby.
Trim back any shrubs and tree branches from your home. It will open up the appearance and give your home a cleaner look.
Consider using stones or bricks to define your flower beds. It will also keep any mulch you may have confined. When spring comes around, this will save you time in reestablishing your planter beds.
Keeping the outside of your home clean improves the curb appeal. Use these tips to improve your home’s exterior appearance.
Now all you have to worry about is cleaning up the mess after the holidays!