Maintenance4 min

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide

Move aside, Old Man Winter—it’s officially springtime. Could your home’s exterior use some sprucing up before you’re officially ready to soak up the sun? This spring cleaning season, make sure you’re showing some TLC to both the interior and exterior of your home.

Lucky for you, we put together an easy-to-read outdoor spring cleaning infographic. Grab your pen, take a read and you’ll be checking things off the list in no time. Here’s a peek of what’s in store.

Porch & Patio Checklist

Rid the signs of winter by sweeping away debris and cobwebs from your porch and patio. Don’t underestimate the power of rinsing your walkway and dusting off outdoor furniture.

Siding Checklist

Given the ideal weather, spring is the perfect time to take inventory of your home’s siding. We recommend washing LP® SmartSide® siding annually to remove the natural build-up of dirt and grime to prevent mildew and mold damage.

Gutters & Downspouts Checklist

Stay ahead of spring showers by removing built-up leaves and debris from your gutters. Also, flush gutters and downspouts with a garden hose to identify and fix potential leaks.

Garden & Landscape Checklist

Make your home’s outdoor area a place you want to spend time. Make sure the aesthetic is just right by removing weeds, trimming greenery, mulching your garden beds and planting flowers for a colorful springtime bloom.

Miscellaneous Checklist

Windows are a focal point of your home’s exterior. Give them a wash to remove wintertime residue and replace torn screens. Also look at replacing light fixtures and refilling your grill’s propane tank for springtime cookouts.

You’re officially ready to get started! Take this list, check it twice and your home’s exterior will be in prime condition to enjoy this spring and beyond.

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Maintenance5 min

Turn Your Tax Refund Into Lasting Home Improvement

GoBankRates.com estimates that the average tax refund this year will total about $3,000. In a survey conducted by that organization, 10 percent of respondents said they plan to splurge on a vacation or luxury item when the refund arrives. But 9 percent plan to use that money for a “major purchase.”

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Renovation7 min
Remodeling 101: A Complete Guide to Renovation Planning

Most home renovation shows you see on TV depict more of an expectation versus the reality. They show remodeling projects as no-hassle, fun-filled endeavors that are completed on time and under budget. But in the real world, home renovations are usually not that simple

Maintenance4 min
New LP® SmartSide® Smooth Trim & Siding Combines Advanced Durability, Long-Lasting Beauty & Smooth Finish

Manufactured with engineered wood strand technology, LP® SmartSide® Smooth Trim & Siding provides the advanced durability building professionals have come to expect with the distinctive beauty homeowners appreciate.

Curb Appeal8 min
4 Do’s and Don’ts of Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything, and a home is no exception. More than 65% of buyers cite curb appeal as the most important aspect of a home’s exterior design. But you’d be wrong to think curb appeal is just an issue for sellers. Maintaining a home’s outward appearance means increasing property value, and that’s a win for both homeowners and builders.