How To Spring Clean The Exterior Of Your Home

The phrase “spring clean” dates back to the time when people lit a smoky fire every day, to keep warm during a long, freezing winter. In this earlier age, spring was the perfect time to throw open the windows, don a pair of gloves, and freshen everything up again.

But it’s not just the inside of a house that benefits from a spring clean. The increasing number of sunshine hours means it’s the ideal time to thoroughly clean your home’s exterior, too. Here’s a checklist for your comprehensive exterior spring clean:

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Wash your house’s exterior.

No matter what your house is built from, exposure to sun and storms will gradually reduce its appearance. Timber gets discoloured, stone gets covered in lichen or moss, and brick is prone to decay from ugly algae buildup.

For that reason, a thorough wash of your home’s exterior is a fantastic way to mark the end of winter and welcome the sunny summer. House washing doesn’t just make your walls and windows extra-sparkly; it also removes harmful grime and prolongs the life of your house.

Scrub your deck.

No one pays much attention to their deck in winter, which is fairly understandable. But as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, it’s time to spruce up your deck so you can fully enjoy it. Wooden decks are especially prone to slippery mould and algae growth, which looks bad and can be a safety hazard in damp conditions.

Pressure washing is often an ideal way to get your deck looking as good as new without breaking your back. But unless you know what you’re doing, be sure to ask a professional for help to avoid damaging the deck.

Freshen up your driveway and path

Nothing says “Welcome to my house” like a clean, orderly, well-maintained driveway and path. During winter, weeds tend to overrun the edges, algae spreads across brickwork, and rotten debris piles up. 

Now’s a good time to nip these problems in the bud, before they literally eat away at your driveway and put you in line for costly repairs.

Give your roof the attention it deserves.

You’re probably beginning to notice a general theme here. Winter in New Zealand means long period of grey skies and damp buildings that aren’t given a chance to fully dry out. Your roof, in particular, suffers a heavy toll. Debris that accumulates there after storms can promote mould growth, and material like slate is often damaged by heavy wind or hail. 

The best way to avoid long-term damage is by keeping your roof clean and free from debris – allowing it to do its job of keeping you dry.

Clear your gutters.

Your gutters, too, suffer a lot over autumn and winter. Ideally, you will have cleaned them at the beginning of winter when all the deciduous trees had finished losing their leaves. If you didn’t – or if you’ve suffered from severe storms since then – it’s worth asking a professional gutter cleaner to inspect your gutter system for any damage or blockages. A clogged gutter has many snowball effects, all of which pose serious risks to your roof and your house itself.

By far the easiest way to take care of your exterior spring clean is to enlist the help of a professional. Endeavour Property Services offers a comprehensive outdoor cleaning package, leaving you time to sit outside and soak up the warmer weather. We’ll drive anywhere in Auckland to provide you with a free, no-obligation assessment and quote – so drop us a line today.

In the meantime, don’t forget to dust off the BBQ – because you’ll definitely want to spend some time outside when you see what a difference exterior cleaning makes to your property!

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