Maintaining your home’s exterior features

September 11, 2017 | Higgins Group Real Estate

Regular home maintenance is an integral part of keeping your house in tip-top shape. Here are a few tips that will help you take care of your home’s exterior features.

Home exterior maintenance

  1. Make sure your vents aren’t clogged.

    Aside from decreasing your dryer’s efficiency, a clogged vent also has the potential to cause fires. Give your dryer exhaust a regular cleaning and if you detect any signs of blockage, have a professional drop by to repair it. Another way to increase your dryer’s performance is to vacuum the vent.

  2. Clean and repair your driveway.

    An unkempt driveway with parts that are cracked and chipped looks unsightly and can significantly decrease your home’s curb appeal. More importantly, small cracks and chips will gradually become a major problem. Once you see any holes or cracks in your driveway, get to work immediately to patch or fill up these issues. For deeper cracks or sunken concrete, seek the help of a professional.

  3. Don’t forget the deck.

    As an integral part of your home’s outdoor living space, maintaining the health of your deck is of paramount importance. Aside from regular cleaning, be on the lookout for signs of decay, small holes, cracks, and loose boards. Also check if the wood used on your deck feels soft or spongy – this is a sign of disrepair, and indicates that the deck isn’t safe to use.

  4. Regularly inspect the roof.

    The roof shields you and your family from the elements, so make sure it’s in great shape. Small issues such as missing shingles can be fixed in a DIY manner or with a help of a handyman, while extensive damage calls for the expertise of a professional roofer. There are also several methods you can use to inspect the roof – two of the most common ways is to climb up the roof or use a pair of binoculars.

Are you looking for more DIY home projects? Check our blog for useful tips and renovation ideas.

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