Taking care of your home’s exterior is just as important as maintaining the appliances and systems inside. A beautiful-looking exterior can dramatically boost a home’s curb appeal. A neglected one, on the other hand, can be a total eyesore. What’s more, exterior elements have an important role in keeping your home functional and safe. Below, we’ve discussed some basic aspects of exterior maintenance for new home buyers.
How to Keep Your Home’s Exterior in Good Condition
When you’re a new home buyer, it’s easy to get swept away in the excitement of owning a home. All too often, new homeowners focus solely on their home’s interior since this is where they spend most of their time. However, your exterior needs some love too! It’s important to keep up on exterior maintenance to avoid water damage and other expensive repairs. Here are some suggestions for how to keep your home’s exterior in good shape:
Check Your Roof Annually
Make sure you check your roof at least once a year to ensure that it’s in good condition. Look for loose or missing shingles, as well as shingles that have curled or turned down. Check the flashing on your chimney if you have one and be sure to poke your head in the attic to make sure the rafters are in good shape.
Clean Gutters & Downspouts
Your gutters and downspouts play an important role in directing water away from your home. They should be kept clean and free of debris.
Check Your Attic for Damage
Check your attic at least one to two times a year for signs of water damage and pests. Make sure that it has proper ventilation and that there are no obstructions over the vents.
Repair or Replace Damaged Siding
Make a good habit of inspecting your siding. You can do this whenever you’re outside working in the yard or make a habit of doing it at least once or twice a year. Scan your siding for cracks and missing pieces. If there are damaged sections, you’ll want to replace them to avoid rot, mold, and infestation.
Pay Attention to Your Yard & Landscaping
In addition to mowing your lawn regularly, you’ll also want to pay attention to other aspects of your landscaping like trees, bushes, and walkways. You should also pay attention to your deck or patio if you have one, and re-seal the wood as needed, which should be about every 1-3 years.
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