Home Maintenance: Your Guide to Exterior Spring Cleaning

Posted on Mar 13 2018 - 12:21pm by Housecall

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By Haley Kieser

As winter finally draws to a close, there's still snow falling in much of the Northeast; however, the temperatures are starting to rise, and many in the U.S. will soon be able to enjoy some nicer weather. There's just one little problem: when the snow washes away, the dirt remains.

With spring just a week away, it's time for some good old-fashioned spring cleaning. Get your power washers and ladders ready and take a look at the following guide to exterior spring cleaning:

Clean Out the Gutters

There's really no easy way to clean your gutters efficiently other than to climb on a ladder and get your hands dirty. Remember, when tackling this project, it's important to get the blockage and weight out of your gutters, because if you don't address the issue, it can turn into a much larger problem. If climbing up high isn't your cup of tea, hire a professional to take care of the job so that you can breathe easy knowing your gutters won't get damaged this spring.

Power Washing

Your house is a dust collector and the winter months can exacerbate this issue. Now is the time to bust out the power washer and take care of the exterior paint on your home, which is very likely a shade darker than it was at the start of the winter season. You need to be careful, however, because power washers can strip the paint off your home. After you finish cleaning your house, tackle your walkways and get all of the built-up dirt out of the cracks. Paying attention to these areas will go a long way toward getting your home's exterior back to its former glory.

Touch Up the Paint

Spring is typically the best time to touch up the paint both inside and outside your home. When it comes to the exterior, consider painting after you've taken the time to power wash the structure. Repainting your entire home can increase the property value, but if you don't have that kind of time or the funds to have it professionally done, go around the outside of your house and patch up faded areas with a nice coat of paint.

Tackle Your Lawn

Now is the perfect time to get the grass and flowers growing again. Start off by giving the grass a good cut and then head to your local home improvement store and pick up some fertilizer and other lawn care products. Getting your lawn to look beautiful is no easy feat, but if you've already invested time into cleaning the exterior of your home, the last thing you want is for your lawn to look dead and patchy. And don't forget to add some flowers or small plants while you're at it, as this will get you in the mood for spring.

Clean the Windows

The finishing touch to every spring cleaning project should be your windows. Simply grab some window cleaner and make those windows sparkle. If your windows show signs of condensation, it might be time to install new ones. Installing new windows can be one of the most satisfying home improvement projects.

As you can see, there's quite a bit of work that goes along with spring cleaning. With great determination, and maybe a buddy to help, your house will return to its former glory in no time. If you have any interior home projects, now is a great time to tackle those, as well. Just be sure to take your safety seriously—and don't do anything you feel uncomfortable doing. If anything, hire a professional and sit back and enjoy your spring.

Screen Shot 2018-03-07 at 12.14.53 PMHaley Kieser is a freelance writer from Arizona. She loves writing and sharing information with others. In her spare time, you can find her exploring the outdoors or tackling a DIY project. She covers the real estate industry for Houzz and Shack Shine.


20 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Steve Buckshire March 26, 2018 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    A great way to add curb appeal to your home, and just make it look cleaner in general, pressure washing is awesome.

  2. Camila Hughes December 20, 2018 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the good write up. Summer is the season to enjoy your home, not fix it. But still, some chores must be done.

  3. Shannon Conheady January 11, 2019 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Spring cleaning is a very important task. One has to do some jobs such as cleaning the gutters, power washing, retouching the paint, cleaning the windows etc. These things have been explained well in the blog. Thanks for the blog.

  4. Paul Bennett May 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    gutters are a must! Unless you like running through sheets of water during the raining season when leaving or entering your house!

  5. Jameson Ricci May 7, 2019 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    We pressure washed our entire exterior home including the roof! makes the home look fresh and new…Especially when you live in the country and the dust kicks us!

  6. Central Valley House Buyer May 10, 2019 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Lawn Maintenance is a must. It is the first thing you see so it’s an added point if it’s well-maintained, with the flowers and grass’ colors popping.

  7. Home Painter August 12, 2019 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Really great tips for any homeowner! Love it!

  8. Elizabeth Young September 25, 2019 at 4:29 am - Reply

    This is perfect blog anyone who wants to know about this topic. Excellent post.

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    Getting organized, an organized home is a quick and easy home to clean

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  13. Professional Lawn Care Services April 2, 2020 at 5:48 am - Reply

    You just inspired us to start our very own lawn care service, thank you!

  14. Hawaii Renovation May 2, 2020 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    These are great ways to add curb appeal to your household. These simple tasks can do so much more than you think! Thanks for sharing this article.

  15. www.plumbingjohnscreek.org/ May 25, 2020 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Power wash the surfaces to remove ground-in dirt and grime. Use a long-handled scrub brush on any stubborn spots. Rinse the deck and allow it to dry before inspecting it for any signs of damage. Apply your choice of sealer to protect the deck’s material from water and sun damage for another year.

  16. Roofing Contractors Fresno May 26, 2020 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    We always recommend power washing a property in order to prolong the life span of a roof. Often times it is an overlooked factor that goes very long ways. Great article, keep it up.

  17. Gloucester Gutters June 14, 2020 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Great article! Glad you’ve included the much overlooked cleaning out of the gutters!

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  20. Blake C. April 27, 2021 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    We have recently started our new pressure washing company and came across this article.
    We really appreciate you taking the time to educate people on this stuff, it helps people like us with small businesses out a lot.
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