Prep outdoor spaces

Spring is when we break out the rakes, shovels, cleaning buckets, and more to get our homes back in shape after another rough and frigid winter season. And without proper maintenance, our homes can deteriorate much faster, meaning it could affect your house's value.

So here how to prep outdoor spaces in spring so that they can be enjoyed all summer long.

Lawn care. Now that the soggy stage has ended, it's time to rake up old leaves, excess gravel, etc. and dethatch your lawn (remove the layer of dead grass, roots, and debris that accumulates between the soil surface and the green grass blades above).

Prep garden beds. Flowerbeds and vegetable gardens need to be cleaned out, and maybe you should add some new topsoil, peat moss or compost to give your soil some freshening up.

Pathways and driveways. Sweep up these transitional spaces. Fix any cracks or damage to walkways, and replace any stones that have been ruined.

Clean windows. Use a solution of water and vinegar with a drop of dish soap for easy streak-free windows.

Clean gutters. You don't want your glutters to get blocked up with fallen leaves and other debris. You need them to be able to properly drain water or it could back up, causing roof damage.

Clean out vents. Empty and clean out exterior vents for dryers, foundation vents, and more.

Clean siding. This can be done with a powerful hose attachment or a small pressure washer.

Outdoor gadget maintenance. Clean up that barbecue in preparation for dining al fresco, as well as lawn care machines such as lawnmowers, edgers, and more, so they're ready to go when you need them.

Wash exterior furniture. Break out those outside cushions and check to see if any of them need mending.

Melany xx