Spring Cleaning & Home Improvements

Spring Cleaning & Home Improvements

Spring Cleaning

While summer came and went rather quickly and without the usual weather issues, early March has definitely made up for it and probably left its mark on the outside of your home, making the rest of Autumn the ideal time for a tidy up.

When done by professionals, a good power wash can rid your home of health hazards like mildew that may have built up over the warmer months. It can also get rid of stubborn dust and debris, uncovering the shiny exterior of your home.

If you have trees on your property, consider hiring an arborist or landscape gardener to care for them as these pros can spot signs of poor health early and know how to prune properly to avoid falling branches in autumn and winter winds.

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Autumn is also a good time to aerate your lawn as it will allow moisture and nutrients to get into the roots. When you’re done, if this is something you take on yourself make sure to spread fertilizer then grass seed.

Falling autumn leaves can inhibit lawn growth so its best to keep this in check. Leaves can also clog up gutters and create water pools and roof rot. Cleaning out your home’s gutters and downpipes is a job best left to the roof specialists as they can navigate heights, ladders and slippery surfaces with proper safety equipment.

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More Home Improvements

While you’re rushing around trying to get all these things cleaned up in your yard and the outside of your home, don’t forget to check your balconies, decks and balustrades for structural stability and signs of deterioration.

You may even be looking to sell your home, and these are areas easily overlooked until it is too late. Termites, wet rot, environmental conditions and loading can all effect the structural integrity of balconies, decks and balustrades, compromising their lifespan and eventually making them unsafe.

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While a well-maintained timber balcony or deck should last a good number of years, and a well-maintained concrete balcony even longer, all outdoor structures should be inspected on a yearly basis. Signs of deterioration or structural problems to look out for include:

  • puddles of water at the base of posts or on the deck or balcony surface
  • rotting or loose balustrades/handrails and loose or rusted brackets and bolts
  • cracked concrete or signs of leaning
  • cracked or weak mortar dislodged brickwork.

The hot weather also means plenty of parties and outdoor entertaining. But before you invite too many friends and family members around for a BBQ, check that your balcony, deck and balustrades are designed to bear the additional load of people and equipment.

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Potentially very dangerous if not properly built or maintained, make sure to take the time to check your outdoor areas and give it all a thorough inspection. If you do see anything unusual or your unsure about the structural integrity of the area, avoid the structure and contact a registered builder or structural engineer for assistance, or contact your local council for more information.

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