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® Trim & 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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Renovation5 min

Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

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Renovation5 min
Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Trends6 min
Using the Right Siding for a Ranch Home

Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn’t gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America’s favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch’s charm—much like they did with bungalows.

Maintenance4 min
What First-Time Buyers Should Know About Home Maintenance and Storage

Most first-time homebuyers arm themselves with a lot of information about mortgage interest rates and closing costs. What they sometimes overlook are the repair costs prior to moving into previously owned homes and the long-term maintenance costs associated with homeownership.