It’s very true to suggest that lockdown has taken its toll on many of us. Spend enough time in the house, even for more-than-understandable reasons, and you can begin to feel a little stir crazy. Additionally, spending most of your time in your residence will often contribute to the wear and tear it undergoes, particularly if this period lasts months.
Restoring our homes to order after lockdown ends can not only be a worthwhile means of undoing some of that damage, but also grants us a project within which we can feel some form of authoritative potential. That in itself helps us focus on something, and add a little variety to our daily schedule. After all, returning to normality after a prolonged period of unpredictability can feel like coming up to the surface much faster than you had anticipated.
This is why a few fantastic steps in this direction can truly make a lot of difference, and it may even help our homes seem like a renewed space to occupy. With the following advice, we hope you can feel the same:
5 Home Maintenance Tips To Get Your Home Looking New Again
Restoring The Driveway
Restoring the driveway is something that needs to take place every five or so years, because intense weather effects, wear and tear and general use can leave its mark. With the best asphalt driveway services you can ensure that not only your curb appeal improves, but the safety and comfort of your driveway is guaranteed. Additionally, widening room for multi-car storage or even making steep driveway inclines more palatable for vehicles can help you enjoy the use of this space more. A driveway can seem like a relatively inconsequential thing, but you’ll notice when it’s been properly cared for.
And if you should ever choose to sell your home, a well maintained driveway will not only increase the value of your property but also save you from having to do costly repairs in order to secure a good listing, and eventually, sale price.
Improving The Gutters
Gutters allow for the careful transportation of rainfall, to prevent the exterior of your property from becoming flooded. Unfortunately, old gutters can buckle under the weight of the water, debris can build, and sometimes leaks can defeat the purpose of them being there. It can be worthwhile to invest in renewed guttering systems to prevent issues from taking place and causing damage, even contributing to land subsidence through continual moisture. Ignoring gutter problems only leads to more damage and a much costlier repair. That in itself should be worth your time and investment, and the middle of summer is a great time to have this work completed.
Maintaining The Garden
Maintaining your garden is a great place to start for many reasons. After lockdown, odds are that debris has taken root due to windy weather, the grass is longer, or perhaps you haven’t had as much motivation to tend to your garden when trying to stay safe and clean the home while your entire family is living there 24/7. It can be that reinstalling your security fencing, inspecting the treeline for the potential need of a surgeon, revivifying your pond or pool with cleaning chemicals, or sprucing up your deck/patio can be worthwhile projects to take care of. Making your outdoor living space a pleasure to be in significantly increases your home space and that is so needed when you are all home, all the time.
Fresh Up The Paint
Even the most maintenance free home will have some exterior surfaces that need to be periodically re-painted. That may include things like shutters, window frames, front doors, garage doors, fencing and decking. Be sure to prepare surfaces properly by scraping away old paint and debris, thoroughly clean and prime before you apply new paint. It is amazing how a fresh coat can make everything look new again!
Clean Your Windows
Cleaning your windows and screens not only keeps them looking new but may also turn you on to problems like leaks before they turn into major repairs. With everyone being home during lockdown, you probably have more fingerprints, dust and grease (from cooking) building up on your windows. Get them looking sparkling inside and out and help that natural sunlight stream in.
With this advice, we hope you can more easily restore your home to order after lockdown.