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Spring Clean Up At Home

Robyn Burdett

Buying and Selling your home is a big decision and you deserve the best representation in Northern Virginia...

Buying and Selling your home is a big decision and you deserve the best representation in Northern Virginia...

Mar 12 3 minutes read

Weather is starting to get warmer, it is springtime, so this is the perfect time to do some exterior maintenance


Hi, it's Robyn Burdett with RE/MAX West End, I'm so thrilled to have Joey Donofrio with Donofrio & Associates here with me today, and today we're going to talk about Spring Maintenance, on things that you should be looking at doing so that your home is in top shape this Spring. Whether you're putting your house on the market or you're planning on living there another 20 years, there's certain things you should take care of outside your house. What is the seller need to do?

 It is springtime, so this is the perfect time to do some exterior maintenance starting with grading. Make sure as you re-mulch and  start planting some plants, that the ground around your house is positively swept away. You never want to put mulch over mulch,  make sure the ground around the house is positively sloped away and re-graded. The whole point of that is we want moisture going away from the house.


Another great thing is, now that the temperature's starting to get warmer, is caulking. Use caulk to fill gaps around windows and around exterior doors. By re-sealing the caulk around the exterior windows and doors will keep moisture out, keep bugs out, and keep things from getting inside the walls of the house.

Look around your wood trim. Is your wood trim peeling, deteriorating?  Wood rot is huge in our area. So many times I have people say, "Oh, we just replaced everything," but you've got to realize that we are very scarce on lumbar in our area. What they do is cut down a tree, then they immediately sell it without curing. I've seen it where people are still putting green wood or very fresh wood on their homes. What ends up happening? You get wood rot, and this is a big, huge, lots of money ...

Since it is springtime, the weather's turned and it's a good time to take a look around your house and see what needs to be done, and re-paint.

If you just have deteriorated wood, that's different than rotted wood. Deteriorated wood can still be sanded and painted, and that paint is protection for it. 

Well, Spring is a great time, like Joey said, to get outside and start working on your house. If you guys need any other ... Have any questions, ideas, need resources, reach out to me, be happy to connect you with Joey. If you want to have him come out and look at your wood and decide if there's things you should do. Maybe a mini-home inspection or something on your outside to make sure that you're taking preventative care on your home.



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