Cleaning Your Home's Exterior

Get busy cleaning the outside of your home to make a good impression on the neighborhood and to enjoy your property even more.

Cleaning the outside of your house is no small job, especially on a nice day. Although you might have ignored some of these jobs before, you might have to go ahead and do them unless you want to pay someone else to do the work.

The first thing to start with is picking up litter and trash on the yard, driveway, and sidewalks. After that, take a push broom and sweep the sidewalks and driveway. At the area where you store trash, pick up around the trashcans and clean them with disinfectant and the garden hose. After that use the garden hose to clean under the cans and around the area to get rid of debris that can attract rodents.

Next, head for the windows and screens. You will need a squeegee and an extension pole for those you are unable to reach by hand. Depending on the size of your house, you might need a two-piece ladder to get to some of the windows. Use a vacuum and then a damp cloth to clean the screens. If your windows are very dirty, hose them off with a garden hose and then use a scrubber with an extension for cleaning them.

To clean your porch, first get rid of any junk left sitting around, like old shoes, sports equipment, or broken furniture. Set out these items for the trash pickup or take them to the thrift store. If you have a closed-in porch, take a shop vacuum and pick up all the dirt, dust, and cobwebs. Sweep and wet mop or hose off regular porch surfaces. Make sure you clean the doors, frames, and thresholds. If your doors need painted, now would be a good time to do it.

Trees and brush should be trimmed. Cut down dead branches, and then stack them to be hauled away. If you wait for the leaves to turn, it will be harder to do while managing the lawn leaves and weeds. If you are going to plant seedlings or bushes, start preparing the ground.

Make sure all of your porch lights and outdoor lights work, and change any that are burnt out. Make sure you clean the lamps covers at the same time. There are dirt and bugs from last year, and they continue to accrue all the time.

The garage will take the longest. For some reason people always store things in the garage when they can't find anywhere else to put them. The first thing to do is throw away anything you cannot use. You might be able to sell some of it if you want to have a garage sale. Get rid of any old wood you can't use, or you might start finding rats and spiders in your garage. Then put away everything usable, like tools, where they belong. Use a shop vacuum to clean dust from your shelves and tables, along with spider webs and cobwebs. Next you need to use a push broom and sweep the entire garage. After that you might want to hose down the walls and use a floor squeegee to clean the floor. If you had any oil leaks, clean them with saw dust or another product that you can buy at the hardware store.

The outside of your home will feel and look much better after a thorough cleaning. So stock up on supplies and get busy!

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