Summer Property Maintenance Checklist: Outside the Home
Whether you’re selling your home, entertaining guests for the weekend or wishing to improve your yard’s appearance for the summer, maintaining the outside of your home and improving its curb appeal is important to leaving an aesthetically pleasing first impression. And it also helps add value to your home, whether you’re putting your property on the market for sale or hoping to attract new renters. No matter your reason for property maintenance this summer, make sure to check these tasks off your list.
Power Wash the Driveway and Sidewalks
When someone passes by or visits your home, the first thing they notice is how green your grass is and how clean the concrete around it is. The first step toward achieving a rich contrast between the green grass and the grey sidewalk is to power wash the latter. You can rent a power washer from your local hardware store for no more than $50, if you choose to do it yourself. The biggest benefit of power washing the driveway and sidewalks is moving discoloration and mildew; this will make them look fresh again.
Cut Your Grass and Fertilize the Lawn
Once you’ve power washed your driveway and sidewalks, you’ll want to cut your grass – something you should be doing weekly during the summer, anyways – and fertilize it once for the rest of the season (if you’re using a slow-release high-nitrogen fertilizer, which you should apply every 90 to 120 days). Otherwise, you can apply all-purpose fertilizer every six to eight weeks. When shopping for fertilizer, remember that about $30 worth is enough to cover 10,000 square feet. Also, if you don’t have one already, consider buying a push fertilizer spreader to help you create that evenly green lawn.
Clear Your Roof and the Gutters
Although it’s best to hire a professional to avoid risk of serious injury, it’s important to clear your roof of the black streaks on the asphalt shingles one way or another. Not only do they look unattractive, but those stains are also the result of algae that feed on the limestone filler found in the shingles, which essentially means it’s eating through your roof. While you’re up there, don’t forget to clear your gutters of debris so they can properly channel water off the roof during those severe summer thunderstorms, as well.
There are many more outdoor maintenance tasks to complete, so what would you add to