Spring Cleaning Tips: The Exterior

When my youngest child moved out, I was left living in a large home by myself. Weekend visits from the grandchildren only filled the space part of the time. The home became more of a burden as each day passed. It was not until I was working with my real estate agent to sell my home and find a smaller home did I realize that there were so many others in the same position. I created this blog to help other empty nesters explore their options for downsizing and to provide guidance on finding a new home that fits in more with their lifestyle.

Spring Cleaning Tips: The Exterior

Spring Cleaning Tips: The Exterior

25 August 2015
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Real Estate, Blog


Spring cleaning isn't just for the interior of your home. The exterior of your home needs some tidying as well. Anything from your flower beds and trees to your patio and siding, it should all be cleaned up in the spring to get ready for the warm weather and to keep your home looking appealing. See below for some helpful tips on how to spring clean your yard.

Trim Trees

The winter months are hard on your trees and bushes. You may have some broken branches or even dead limbs hanging, which should be removed. Prune back live limbs to get sunlight to the center of bushes. 

Split And Trim Perennials

Your perennials, such as Hostas or Daylillies, have probably tripled in size, which if left to grow may look a little wild. Split these perennials by digging down to the plant's roots and dividing them. You can transplant these perennials to a different area of your yard that needs some color or landscaping. If you don't need them in your yard, give them to a friend or neighbor that can use them. Trim other perennials such as tall grass with pruning shears. Be sure to wear gloves, as some tall grasses can cut your skin.

Flower Beds

Clean up those flower beds to get rid of any leaves left over from fall, or dead foliage. Throw everything into a container and use it for fertilizer in your garden. To keep weeds out of your garden, you can lay down a weed blocking mesh in between your flowers and plants. Sprinkle a weed preventative in your flower beds to help as well. Finally, add some mulch to your flower beds to make your flower beds pop. 

Siding, Windows And Porch

Power wash your siding to get rid of any mold growth on your siding. You can use a mold and mildew soap on your siding to help get rid of any stains as well. Spray down your windows and shutters to get rid of dirt and dust. Use a broom on your porch to get rid of cob webs and spider webs. Take everything off of your porch and give it a nice wash down with a hose. Then wipe down everything that you had on your porch, such as furniture and side tables, and set them back in place. Add some new hanging basket flowers or greenery to your porch or to the front of your house to give your home some spring color.

Spring cleaning the exterior of your home every spring will help keep your house looking well maintained throughout the warm months. Remember that spring clean up on the exterior is just as important as cleaning the interior of your home.

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Home Buying Tips for Empty Nesters

When my youngest child moved out, I was left living in a large home by myself. Weekend visits from the grandchildren only filled the space part of the time. The home became more of a burden as each day passed. It was not until I was working with my real estate agent to sell my home and find a smaller home did I realize that there were so many others in the same position. I created this blog to help other empty nesters explore their options for downsizing and to provide guidance on finding a new home that fits in more with their lifestyle.

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