As summer rolls in, our homes often take a beating from the elements. The sun, heat, and occasional summer storms (us Wellingtonians know how random our weather can be!) can leave a lasting impact on our property’s exterior. To keep your home in tip-top shape, we’ve crafted a comprehensive summer home maintenance checklist that highlights the importance of two key tasks: house washing and gutter cleaning.
1. Inspect Your Gutters
Begin your summer home maintenance by inspecting your gutters for any debris, leaves, or even bird nests. Clean gutters are crucial for proper water drainage and preventing potential water damage so don’t put off your gutter cleaning too long! Especially if you can spot some new plants growing out of them!
2. Clear Out Debris
Remove any accumulated debris, such as leaves, twigs, and dirt, from your gutters and downspouts. Use a trowel or a high-powered hose to clear blockages effectively.
(Or give us a call and we’ll do it in half the time with our nifty SkyVac!)
3. Check for Leaks
Examine your gutters for leaks or signs of damage. Address any issues promptly to prevent water from seeping into your home’s foundation.
4. Schedule a Professional House Washing
Consider scheduling a professional house washing service to remove dirt, mould, and algae from your home’s exterior. This not only enhances curb appeal but also protects your house from potential long-term damage.
5. Choose the Right Cleaning Method
If opting for a DIY approach to house washing, choose the right cleaning method for your home’s siding. Soft washing is often gentler and more suitable for certain materials than traditional pressure washing.
Warning: if you have any pets or plants growing close to your house, then be extra careful what chemical you use to clean!
6. Protect Your Landscaping
Before starting the house washing process, ensure that your plants and landscaping are adequately protected. Cover delicate plants with tarps or plastic sheeting to prevent damage from cleaning agents.
7. Inspect and Clean Windows
Don’t forget about your windows! Clean them inside and out for a sparkling finish. Replace any damaged screens and ensure that windows are properly sealed.
8. Examine Outdoor Fixtures
Check outdoor fixtures such as lights, doorbells, and house numbers for signs of wear or damage. Replace bulbs and tighten loose fixtures to maintain a well-kept appearance.
9. Power Wash Outdoor Surfaces
Power wash outdoor surfaces like decks, patios, and driveways to remove built-up grime and stains. This simple task can revive the look of your outdoor spaces.
10. Inspect and Clean the BBQ Area
Summer in New Zealand often means outdoor gatherings and BBQs. Ensure your BBQ area is ready for action by cleaning grills, checking propane levels, and inspecting for any safety issues.
As you embark on this summer home maintenance journey, keep in mind that a well-cared-for home is the key to a worry-free season. By diligently following this comprehensive checklist, you’re not just enhancing your home’s aesthetic appeal; you’re also fortifying it against potential damage. With a clean and well-maintained home, you can confidently embrace the joys of summer in your personal haven.
If you need some help knocking off a few things from this list, then get in touch with us today and we can help with your house washing and gutter maintenance.