Which do you want first, the good news or the bad?
The bad news is that we’re about to confront all of those messy outdoor chores avoided by homeowners everywhere. The good news is that there are many easy ways to clean your home’s exterior and most of them won’t cost you a penny. So, without further ado, here are our top ways to keep things looking spick and span...
1 Gutter clutter
Let’s face it, cleaning gutters is daunting. However, without proper maintenance they won’t function. While you’re up there, check the shape. If they’re bent they may allow water to drain where it shouldn’t, causing damp.
Use: A smear of silicone caulk to seal leaky gutters at the seams.
2 Hit the roof
Inspect your roof by checking shingles for moss and mildrew, and treating accordingly.
Use: A long-handled brush to dislodge moss from the roof.
3 Window of opportunity
Window washing makes a big difference. Not convinced? Clean windows let more light in, helping the house feel brighter.
Use: Your own solution. Mix together equal amounts of hot water and distilled vinegar.
4 Under pressure
Pressure wash everything! Well, maybe not everything, but definitely the paving. Pressure washers start from £49.99 at Screwfix. Can’t splash out? You can of course scrub by hand.
Use: Bostik Patio Grout to fill in paving gaps and cracks.
5 Cutting edge
Edge flowerbeds, mow the lawn, trim bushes and do some weeding. Everyone knows weeding is no fun, but it certainly does wonders for kerb appeal.
Use: Roundup Fast Action Weedkiller for a quick fix.
6 Clean sweep
Sweeping the drive can hugely boost your home’s appeal. Gravel has a habit of dwindling over time, so if your driveway is of the stoney variety, do top it up.
Use: A ground grid to stabilise.