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Simple Ways to Maintain the Value of Your Home from the Outside

Whether you pay someone to handle your exterior upkeep or you love completing these required cleaning tasks on your own, keeping up with outdoor maintenance can make a big difference in the overall appearance and value of your property.

To get a head start on seasonal exterior home maintenance, put these five items on your to-do list:

  • Clean outdoor surfaces. This includes decks, patios, and fences.  Pressure or power washing is an efficient way to remove seasonal dirt and debris from the exterior areas of your property. Dirt that’s allowed to hang around too long can cause surfaces to deteriorate, discolor, and appear older and uncared for.
  • Repair the driveway and sidewalks. Repairing potholes, cracks, and discolored concrete can improve the perceived value of a home. Whether you’re planning on selling your home in the coming months or you want to create a more welcoming exterior, outdoor surfaces are important to maintain. If installing a new driveway is more cost-effective, make sure it's sealed for longer wear. Resurfacing existing concrete is another option to consider.
  • Update broken garage and entry doors. Sometime a fresh coat of paint is all that’s required. Updating the paint color can also be a good choice. However, if garage and entry doors are neglected, your home can take on a shabby, uninviting appearance. Replacing damaged doors can also make coming and going a more pleasant experience for the occupants of your home.
  • Inspect and clean gutters. It’s common for leaves and trash to collect in gutters. Removing the grime can help prevent water from backing up and eventually causing damage to the structure of your home.
  • Clean the yard. Check for areas around the exterior of your home where leaves, water, or other debris may be causing problems for your foundation or façade. When gutters are missing or aren’t maintained, the ground around your home can get waterlogged and create problems, including rotting and insect infestations. Collecting debris on a regular basis and redirecting water away from your home can put a stop to the destruction.

It’s important to stay on top of repairs and general wear and tear if you want to retain the value of your real estate investment. Waiting to tackle outdoor maintenance can significantly add to your repairs costs down the road.

03-09-2017
ML
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03-09-2017

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