It’S no secret that your home’S exterior can make or break it. If you have an old, dilapidated house with a shabby exterior, you may be putting off potential buyers. On the other hand, if you have a beautiful home in great condition with plenty of curb appeal, it will be much easier to sell or rent out once you are ready to move on from it. While some people might think that having a nice-looking house is purely cosmetic (or even superficial), there are many reasons why it is important for homeowners to keep their exteriors looking great. Here at The Home Depot we want to help you do just that! We’ve put together an overview of what we consider to be some basic maintenance techniques for keeping your exteriors clean and protected from problems down the line:
Protect Your Home From The Elements
The exterior of your home is exposed to the elements, so it’s important to take steps to protect it. Here are some ways you can do that:
- Weatherproofing. Install weather stripping around doors and windows, as well as gaskets around vents and pipes that go through walls or floors. This will help keep out moisture, which leads to mold growth if left unchecked. You may also want to consider adding storm doors or window screens for extra protection against windblown debris such as leaves and twigs; these items are inexpensive but very effective at keeping unwanted pests out of your house! If there are any cracks in the foundation where water could get inside (for example around chimneys), seal them up with concrete sealant before they cause damage by allowing pests access too easily inside through those gaps.”
Get Rid Of Lawn Clutter
If you have lawn clutter, it can be a safety hazard. It could also cause damage to your home and attract insects, animals or even children who may get hurt playing there. If you have junk piled up on the lawn, it will make your yard look messy and unkempt which is not appealing to buyers who want to purchase homes with well kept yards. Piles of debris are also fire hazards so they should be removed as soon as possible before they start smoldering underfoot!
Inspect Your Home’S Foundation
- Check for cracks. If a crack appears, it could be an indication of settling or erosion. If the cracks are large and/or numerous, you may want to get an expert opinion before making any repairs.
- Inspect for moisture. Moisture can cause damage in many ways–from rotting wood to creating mold growth on exterior walls and floors–so look carefully at all surfaces around your home to see if there’s evidence of water damage (elevated levels of humidity) or even mildew stains on drywall or plasterboard surfaces inside rooms with direct access outside windows or doors where they might be exposed directly onto damp ground areas like patios or decks.* Check for signs of termite damage.* Look closely at any wooden structures such as decks or fences; these materials make ideal breeding grounds for insects like termites which feed off them over time until eventually destroying them completely so it’s important always keep an eye out when inspecting these kinds
Check The Shingles And Gutters
The exterior of your home is a big part of what makes it unique and beautiful. The shingles, gutters, and siding all contribute to the overall look of your home’s exterior. These are also some of the most important parts to keep in good condition because they help protect both you and your family from weather damage as well as pests like termites or carpenter ants (which can cause structural damage).
- Check for loose or missing shingles: If there are any damaged areas on your roofing material–such as cracked or warped shingles–you may need new ones installed by a professional contractor before there’s further damage done inside due to leaks caused by rainwater entering through holes left behind after removing old materials during installation process.*
- Check for damaged or missing gutters: If any part of this system has been damaged due to age-related wear-and-tear over time then it needs replacing immediately before water seeps into walls causing mold growth inside walls near where gutter ends meet at corners where two pieces meet together making sure pipes don’t leak onto wood floors below them which could lead towards expensive repairs later down road if left untreated early enough before becoming bad enough conditions become irreversible.”
Remove Any Unnecessary Decorations From Your Yard
When it comes to your home’s exterior, you have a lot of options. You can add new decorations and create an entirely new look for your exterior. You can also do some simple things that will make a huge difference in the way your house looks from the street.
- Remove any unnecessary decorations from your yard. If there are any items that are in the way of fire trucks or other emergency vehicles, remove them immediately! Anything that could be damaged by wind should also be taken down before bad weather hits again this year–this includes bird feeders and patio umbrellas as well as garden flags and wind chimes (and anything else hanging over walkways). Finally, if there’s anything dangerous for children or pets near windows or doors–like fake spider webs–take those down too so no one gets hurt accidentally trying to touch them while walking through the house.*
Make Sure That You Are In Compliance With Local Regulations
You should also check with your homeowner’s association, insurance company and mortgage lender to make sure that you’re in compliance with local regulations. If there are additional requirements for your home’s exterior, you may have to pay an extra fee or complete an application process before moving forward with any renovations.
If you’re planning on selling your home soon and want it to sell quickly, consider hiring a professional painter who can help make sure that everything looks its best before putting it up for sale.
Exterior maintenance is important because it can keep your home safe, secure and comfortable.
- Protecting your home from the elements is important for several reasons. The exterior of your home is exposed to temperature extremes, moisture and sunlight, so it’s important to protect it with good maintenance practices. You can do this by making sure that all windows are in good condition and caulked properly so water doesn’t leak into the walls; checking gutters regularly for clogs; inspecting siding and trim regularly for cracks or damage; repairing any loose shingles immediately; removing dead pine needles from roofs on a regular basis (especially if you have a pine tree); keeping shrubbery trimmed back so they don’t block windows or doors; removing unnecessary decorations such as gnomes and scarecrows from yards (this will also help keep critters away); making sure you’re in compliance with local regulations regarding lawn clutter such as old furniture or car parts
We hope that this article has helped you understand the importance of exterior maintenance for your home. If you have any questions about what we’ve discussed above, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]. We would love to help!