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Spring has sprung and with warmer weather comes more rain, mud, and maintenance. Keeping your home in good shape means not having to worry about costly repairs and when it’s time to sell, your home’s value will be higher than if you let the little things slip.

Here are four things you need to do this spring to keep your property in excellent shape:

Clean your eavestrough

Every spring, you should clean out the dirt and grime from your eaves. This prevents any stagnant water from building up which attracts mosquitos to lay their eggs and algae or bacteria to flourish. When your eaves are too full of leaves, debris, and pollen, the metal or plastic can warp causing spillage. This warping means water will pour out the sides and has to potential to pull your eavestrough off the side of your home entirely. 

Ensuring they are cleaned out in the spring means not having to worry about damage, bugs, or sludge for the summer months. It’s recommended you clean them out again in the fall to prevent water freezing and pipes bursting.

Seal your driveway

Asphalt absorbs water and the best way to avoid cracks is to make sure that less water gets in. Driveway sealant is a layer applied to the surface of your driveway that gives it a fresh glossy look and protects it from water getting in. Spring is the perfect time to have this done. It improves your curb appeal by giving your home a clean and fresh look and if temperatures drop below freezing, you’re protected from water expanding and cracking your driveway. This is especially helpful in winter months.

Seal your driveway

It’s easy to forget that the outside of your home needs to be cleaned as well. Whether you have siding, brick, or stone, different types of dirt and mildew can get stuck on the walls. This both looks dirty and can cause problems down the road. If you have vinyl siding, you can use a pressure washer to remove dirt and mildew. If you have bricks or wood siding, use a regular hose and an environmentally friendly soap to dislodge any grime and give your home a fresh spring clean.

Clean your windows

Cleaning the windows from the inside is no problem, but it’s also important to get the dirt off the outside. In spring, the rain causes mud to splatter and pollen from the air to stick to your windows. This looks dirty and builds up quickly. Start the spring with sparkling windows to make sure you can enjoy watching the trees turn green without a cloudy haze or dirt. This small step improves the overall look of your home’s exterior as well.

Keeping up with regular home maintenance and cleaning will keep your property in good shape for your own enjoyment and give you an edge when it’s time to sell. It’s a way to make sure everything is working properly and in tip-top condition so you don’t have to worry as much about costly repairs.

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