#1. Wash Off Dirt & Debris
An easy step to preparing your home is to make the outside as clean as possible. Homes in White Plains, NY are suseptible to the changing of the seasons. That means, leaves and debris in the fall, snow and ice in the winter, bugs, pests and rodents in the spring and summer. All the elements leave signs of their presence. Clean up using a garden, high-pressure hose or something that can easily spruce up your home property. Many third-party companies perform these home clean up services.
#2. Clean The Deck
After sweeping your deck and clearing the cracks, it is important to clean the wood. To do this, you can either use a deck cleaner or bleach, cut in half with warm water, and a scrub brush. Either of these methods will work wonders on algae and mildew.
#3. Scrub The Driveway Spotless
We really don't mean to scrub it by hand. We mean make that driveway sing. Your driveway is usually the first element that people see and it can be instrumental in making a good impression.
#4. Clean Out The Gutters
There are just a few steps to follow in order to maintain gutters. First, climb a ladder and clean the goop out of the gutters. The decomposed leaves make great mulch or compost. Pay particular attention to the downspout. If leaves and debris are clogging it, water won't drain properly, and along with mildew and mud you'll end up with sagging gutters.
Check all the spikes that are supposed to go through the gutter, through the fascia board and into the rafter behind it. At most homes, these spikes miss the rafters entirely, usually because the spike has just worked its way out of the hole over the years. It's a good idea to invest in new gutter spikes so the gutters are securely fastened once again.
Another thing you want to look at are the sources of any leaks, including holes in the gutters and cracked caulking in the seams. Use an old chisel to scrape the old caulking out and dry the area thoroughly. Then use new bead silicon sealing to keep water from getting down behind the gutters and rotting the boards.
During this inspection, check out the rivets on the downspout. Frequently they'll be loose or will have dropped out completely, all that is needed is a rivet gun to secure them anew.
#5. Clean Up The Landscape
Although landscape maintenance can seem like an overwhelming task, you can keep things organized by creating a checklist. Breaking projects down into small, manageable tasks will help you stay focused and energized. Here are some key landscape maintenance activities broken down by timeframe:
Although there may be some fertilizing most of the year, you'll want to make sure you don't miss a good spring feeding of your lawn and plants. If you have an irrigation system, take some time as the weather warms to inspect the components and clean, repair or replace as needed. Finally, once the threat of frost has passed, you can begin planting vegetables and annual ornamental plants.
Inspect your property regularly and remove any areas of standing water—disease-carrying mosquitoes love to breed in small pools of water. Summer is also the time to begin harvesting vegetables and cut flowers. Use watering time as a chance to inspect plants for ripeness.
Cut back old growth from perennials and bulb plants. Make repairs or changes to your hardscape (fences, retaining walls, patios,etc) when the weather is cool and plants are going dormant—you'll be less likely to cause damage to foliage in the work area.
Drain and winterize irrigation and water features components before the first hard freeze. Cover tender plants with mulch or burlap and move containers with perennials indoors if required. If you're considering moving trees or shrubs, leave that work until after leaves fall, but before the ground freezes. Winter is also the perfect time for sharply pruning back overgrown plants.