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Late summer is the perfect time for home maintenance projects.

 

Outdoor Home Maintenance

1. Driveway and Sidewalks should be Power Washed

Before you begin, check for cracks and weeds. Remove the weeds and fill the gaps. It is time to pressure wash the sidewalks, deck, patio, and driveway. Get rid of the mold, dirt, and grime accumulated over the year. Consider renting a power washer from a hardware store if you do not own one.

Softer washing is necessary for outdoor wood furniture, screens, cedar, wood, or vinyl siding. Using the same pressure washer, adjust the PSI (pressure per square inch).

2. Clean Out Gutters and Downspouts

Probably no one enjoys cleaning out the gutters and downspouts, but it is essential in preventing water backup into your home/

3. Wash Windows and Replace Window Screens

Your windows will not look clean if you have dirty screens. Remove your screens, wash them with soapy water, rinse, dry, and reinstall. If they are too shabby to reinstall, consider replacing them.

While at it, check the condition of your windows and doors. Make sure they function correctly and seal tightly. Caulking your doors and windows will help stop bugs and ants from infiltrating your home. These simple steps will benefit your cooling bills in the warmer weather and your heating bills in the cooler weather and help keep insects and vermin out of your home.

4. Beautify Your Yard

Freshen up your yard. Begin by removing all dead parts from plants and trees. Follow up with some weeding. Consider any new landscaping you have in mind. Adding mulch around your shrubs and flower beds will help your plants retain water and keep weeds away. Now is the best time to prepare your home and backyard for cookouts, pool parties, and outdoor entertaining.