There’s a certain out of sight, out of mind mentality that is easy to have when it comes to outdoor home maintenance. You see your home’s interior all the time, so it’s easy to keep in mind what you need to do for your home’s interior. If you don’t keep up on outdoor home repairs though, your property will fall into disrepair. Here are some things to think about doing outside to keep your property in good shape.
Roofs don’t actually need tons of maintenance on a frequent basis. There isn’t much you need to do aside from basic maintenance and cleaning. That said, your roof plays a pretty important role in keeping the rest of your house in good condition. Make sure to have it inspected to catch any problems before they become big ones.
How often you should have your roof inspected depends on how old it is. Roofs typically last about 15–20 years before they need replacing. The older it is, the more frequently you should consider getting it inspected.
Like your roof, the siding on your house also serves to protect it from the elements. The degree of maintenance and care needed to maintain your siding will depend on the material it’s made from. However, siding tends to be low maintenance and easy to care for. To keep your siding in good repair, make sure you clean and wash it yearly. According to JamesHardie, you should keep an eye out for water damage or other indicators that suggest repair is needed. Annual inspections can help you identify issues before they become more extensive.
Fix Your Sprinklers
Your sprinkler system is another good thing to give attention to on at least an annual basis. If your sprinkler system fails, you could be looking at problems ranging anywhere from a dead lawn to a flooded house. According to The Sprinkler Guy, a sprinkler fix can be as simple as replacing a faulty nozzle with a new one. The only way to know what your system needs is to inspect it. You can try to do this yourself, or if you need more advanced help you can call sprinkler maintenance specialists. By inspecting your sprinkler system, you can make sure it’s working properly and efficiently.
Check the Foundation
With the prevalence of hurricanes in Florida, it’s important to make sure your foundation is in good condition. It’s important to do everything you can to reduce the risk of flooding or other damage to your house. Regularly inspect your foundation for any damage. Any cracks or weaknesses can potentially result in severe water damage and should be addressed in a timely manner. Waterproofing the foundation does more to protect it than damp proofing it. Damp proofing works decently well against soil moisture, but isn’t effective enough against greater quantities of water.
Maintain Your Trees
Trees can be wonderful additions to a property, but if they aren’t maintained they can be a serious liability. Overhanging branches can fall and damage your house. Diseased trees can spread illness to other plants and ruin them. They’re also more susceptible to damage from storms and high winds. According to BioAdvanced, some tree maintenance, such as general care and smaller trimming projects, are things you can handle yourself as long as you have proper tree pruning tools. If branches are bigger, you may need to call for help or risk permanently damaging your tree.
Fix Up Your Lawn
One of the other things you should keep up on as far as outdoor projects go is your lawn. Regular lawn maintenance keeps it healthy and looking nice. This helps maintain your home’s market value and curb appeal. A clean, orderly lawn is generally less attractive to pests. When it’s properly graded, it provides an added measure of protection against flooding as well.
There’s a lot that goes into keeping your home and property in good condition. From making sure your home’s exterior is in tip top shape to managing your yard, there’s a never ending series of tasks to complete. It’s important to keep up on it though. Doing so will help protect your home and property and keep it in good condition for years to come.
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