This time of year in New Jersey is peak spring pollen time. Our porches, sidewalks, windows and cars are all covered with a thin layer of green dust. Sometimes you can even see it blowing off the trees in a greenish yellow swirl – ugh. The good news is that it’s almost over and soon we can spend more time in the yard without fear of itchy, watery eyes and sneezing jags!
This gets us thinking about the yard work we’ve been putting off and can now tackle. Whether you’re getting ready to sell your house, or planning on staying put, a little regular maintenance goes a long way. One of the easiest ways investors & homeowners improve curb appeal is just by cleaning up. Of course you can pay someone to come in and tackle all these jobs, but why let them have all the fun and satisfaction? We’ve put together a quick list of easy tasks to get your exterior ready for the next open house or BBQ…
Washing Windows– If you have tilt windows all the better, but if not, grab a step ladder, a bucket of clean water with a small squirt of dish soap added, a rubber tipped squeegee and you’re ready. Simply dip a sponge into the bucket of soapy water, run it back & forth over the window, squeegee with the rubber end and wipe the excess with a soft, lint-free cloth. Done. Your house will look so much brighter! While you’re at it, hose off the screens and set them in the sun to dry while you clean.
Clean Up the Entryway by hosing off the porch and setting out new welcome mats. Remove all porch furniture (give these a wipe down too), hose off the decking, sweep off the excess water and you’re done. No doubt you’ll also get rid of any lingering spider webs! Also keep in mind that the porch is the entrance to your home and often the first impression for visitors. Don’t clutter it up with old newspapers, recycling, dead plants etc. (see left) Give your eyes a treat with some freshly potted geraniums, impatiens, or begonias instead.
Rake up any debris from spring rainstorms and fertilize the lawn. This is very easy and depending on your yard can take as little as half an hour. You can do this anytime and it’s a great way to either start or finish a day! Beware, once you get started, you may want to pull a couple of weeds, trim the overgrown hedge, throw on a bag of mulch…you’ll be tempted to spend a couple of easy hours on this if you break it up over the course of a week.
Clean out the gutters! We can’t stress enough how important this is in keeping your basement dry and eaves rot free. Unlike the other chores, we gladly pay someone to do this.
What is on your must do spring spruce up list? We’d love to hear from you!