4 Must-Do Outdoor Home Maintenance Tasks to Tackle This Spring
Warmer Weather Means It’s Time to Get to Work
This past winter has been a tough one on almost every part of the country. And typically, this means that homeowners will have a lot more outdoor work waiting for them when spring weather finally rolls back around. If you’re new to owning a home, then you might not be familiar with the outdoor tasks that you should be doing once winter finally ends.
This guide will help you ensure that the outside of your home is ready for the eventual springtime storms. Here are four important outdoor home maintenance tasks you need to do early in spring.
#1: Clean the Gutters
You might think your days of cleaning out the gutters are behind you now that winter is in the rearview, but the reality is that winter can cause a lot of debris to fall into your gutters. From straggling leaves to fallen twigs to loosened shingle granules, there is no shortage of things you’ll find in your gutters after winter.
Further, with strong spring storms on the horizon, you want your gutters to be as clear as possible, so they can keep the water from backing up and (potentially) into your home.
#2: Re-Paint Your Home, Where Necessary
If you have areas on your home where the paint is cracked and peeling, then you should scrape off any chipped or peeling paint and spot-paint those areas. This is more important than some people think because exposed wood is absorptive wood. If you don’t paint the wood before the rains come, then the wood will absorb moisture and start to rot.
#3: Trim Overgrown Branches
It’s hard to tell how much a tree grows until it gets its leaves back in spring. In some cases, you’ll discover that the branches have grown to the point that they’re overhanging your roof. At the start of spring, start trimming those branches back, about five to seven feet away from your home. This will keep the branches from shedding moisture on your roof, and it will also prevent squirrels, raccoons, and other critters from getting into your attic.
The same thing should be done to any shrubs or bushes that have grown too close to your siding. Trimming them back will help prevent unsightly moss from growing on the exterior of your home.
#4: Check Your Home’s Foundation Vents
Your home’s foundation vents are designed to keep air flowing through your crawlspace, so mold and mildew can be kept at bay. But over the fall and winter, these vents can become covered over with leaves and debris.
Early in spring, head outside and clean them out. While you’re at it, you should also inspect the screens for damage and repair or replace where needed. Damaged screens are inviting entry points for mice and rats. When you consider that a rat can fit through a hole the size of a quarter and a mouse can fit through a hole the diameter of a pencil, you definitely need to ensure there are no holes showing.
With the Essentials Done, You Can Move on to Your Other Outdoor Tasks
You’ll no doubt have a laundry list of spring chores and tasks to take care of, but some are more important than others. Move these four to the top of the list and then you’ll have the peace of mind knowing your home is ready for spring. After these, you can move on to more routine tasks like applying weed-and-feed to your lawn, mulching your flower beds, and getting your grill back in shape for barbecue season.