Spring is one busy time for many homeowners. It's the time to undo the damage that winter has caused, as well as make improvements to transform your house into the home you've dreamed of owning. If you're working to create your spring to-do list, you'll find a short list of tips to help you decide where to start and what you can do now to get a jump-start on things.
One project that so many people put off year after year is any exterior painting that needs to be done. Painting takes a lot of time and work for those who don't do it for a living. When you hire a professional exterior painting contractor to do the work for you, it's really not that big of a project that has a huge impact on the appearance of your home.
Tip: If you have lots of plants around the exterior of your home, take this time to begin collecting items to use to cover the plants during the painting project. You can find free items, like plastic ice cream buckets, unwanted bins, and even plastic tarps and blankets that can be used to protect the plants around the house. This way, as the home is being prepped for paint and painted, all of the plants will be protected from damage and you won't have to spend a penny to get the supplies needed to do so.
Wood Cleaning and Sealing
Wood decks, stairs, and walkways will need to be cleaned and sealed each year. To make this a little easier for you when spring finally rolls around, don't store things on the deck all winter long. If you do, place something under the feet of the chairs and tables so that they will not cause rust stains.
Keeping the deck clear will not only make it easier to get the surface clean, but it will also help to prevent premature wood-rot. When things sit on the wood surface for months, the sun will not be able to dry out the wood — this causes the wood to rot prematurely and possibly need to be replaced much sooner than it should be.
Tip: If you have nowhere else to store things, move the things that you have stored on the deck from time to time so that the area underneath has a chance to dry out before the damage occurs.
Talk with an exterior painting contractor near you to learn more about what you can do now to prepare for a quick and easy project of sprucing up the exterior of your home.