Quarve Contracting
Wednesday 2 April 2014

The Outside of Your MN Home Needs Attention Just Like the Inside This Spring

Posted by at 9:00 AM

As you're starting in on spring cleaning and fix-ups, you probably are working indoors.  But don't forget about your home's exterior.  Remember, many more people will see the outside of your home than the inside, so make sure yours has that all-important curb appeal, whether you're planning on selling it or not. When you choose to keep the outside of the home beautiful, it can maintain the look and value of your home. A lot of times the outside of a home may be neglected; you come home day after day and do not pay attention to what it looks like.  If you're like most homeowners, you drive into the garage and enter your house without even giving the exterior a second glance.  The only way to remedy this is to look at your home once a month like you were seeing it for the first time. Ask yourself if would you buy this home. Here are some tips to make sure that you keep up with the outside of your home.  After the harsh weather we've had for the past five months, it's time to recover from a harsh winter this spring with some fixing up around the outside.

Tune Up Your Driveway

This is one of the most often-neglected areas of the outside of a home, but it doesn't need to be.  A good pressure washing periodically will keep it clean and keep it in good condition.  (You may need a nontoxic cleaner/de-greaser such as Simple Green to remove oil stains.) Sealer should be applied every two years to keep the cracks away.

Get Your Gutter System Ready for Spring Rains

03mar14b2a14It is very important that the gutters are cleaned every season to ensure that they are in good working order. This is also a good time to fix any problem areas that are found during the gutter cleaning. The downspouts should also be cleaned out as well.

Give Your Decks a Makeover

Wood decks can go through a beating when it comes to being in the sun and other harsh MN weather elements. Sealing the decks can preserve the wood for years to come and make it last longer so the deck will not have to be replaced right away.

Time for Window Treatment

Have you taken a good look at your windows lately?  The sunny weather is just around the corner, so make sure your windows are ready to let the sunshine into your home (but not the weather). It is very easy for windows to be covered in mold and mildew if they are not cleaned and properly cared for.   If you run a humidifier in the winter, examine the tracks closely for mold and mildew.  Scrub around the base of the windows, and while you're cleaning, inspect them for damage.  Now is a great time to replace your old windows if they are broken or drafty.

Miscellaneous Home Fix-Ups

Home maintenance chores don't need to take forever; some only require a few minutes, but they can make a major different in how your home looks:
  • Change dim or burned-out exterior light bulbs
  • Replace your worn-out front door mat.
  • Spray weed killer between the cracks in your sidewalk, and edge your driveway and walkways
  • Repaint your mailbox
Got extra time left?  Consider these other interior and exterior home maintenance tasks that can be done in 60 minutes or less.  If you take care of these things when the weather is nice, you'll avoid many bigger problems that can be costly and time consuming. As your working around your home's exterior, if you notice major items that need attention - such as a warped door, missing roofing shingles, or cracked siding, Quarve is a licensed MN home improvement contractor, and we're here to help with all of your exterior remodeling and repair projects that need to be done.  We offer siding, roofing, and gutter installation as well as replacement doors and windows in the Minneapolis and St. Paul MN area.  If we can help you, give us a call at 763.785.1472763.785.1472.