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Prepare for Spring with These 5 Exterior Home Repairs

Prepare for Spring with These 5 Exterior Home Repairs

On top of the annual winter fatigue, the on-again-off-again restrictions of the pandemic have left us all tired and ready for things to return to normal. Right on time with the rollout of vaccines is the arrival of spring, and we couldn’t be more excited to get outside and spend some time with our friends and family. Depending on where you live, you may or may not be allowed to dine indoors. With the rules subject to change any minute, backyard barbecues and outdoor drinks are what we have scheduled for the next few months. Before you invite the neighbours over, have a second look at these common exterior home repairs so you can feel confident you’re in tip-top shape for spring (and soon enough summer!)

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Repair Your Home’s Siding

Now that the snow is beginning to melt, the siding of your house is visible again and you may start to see it’s been damaged, discoloured, or needs patching. Whether it’s vinyl, aluminum, or wood siding, repairing it is a quick and easy job for a handyman and will give your home’s exterior a clean, uniform look.

Seal or Repair Your Driveway

The freezing and thawing of water as winter comes and goes may have left some noticeable cracks in your driveway. There are many options to tackle those cracks and it comes down to your personal preference. Functionally, if the cracks are small (less than a quarter-inch), they can easily be filled in with liquid crack-fillers. However, if the cracks are larger, you might face bigger issues down the road.

If you’re not concerned with the aesthetic, larger cracks and holes can be repaired with a patching material; if your driveway is less than 20 years old, this is a common solution. However, if your driveway is more than 20 years old or you prefer the look of a smooth, uniform driveway then you should consider professional services for a driveway redo.

Fix or Refinish Your Deck

One of the joys of Canada is getting to experience all 4 seasons. But for summer entertaining, that -30°C weather and 30cm of snow may have taken a toll on your newly built deck. To keep your backyard dinners and birthday parties safe, here are some of our top deck care tips:

  1. Check the deck for broken or rotting boards and any loose or broken nails. Be sure to replace or nail down anything that looks out of place!
  2. If you want to spruce up your deck, you’ll can strip, wash, clean the spaces. Finish this off with a re-stain it for a beautiful deck makeover.
  3. If you're looking for a manageable DIY project, you can give it a pressure wash, and some wood stain touchups.
  4. If you are noticing your patio is starting to shift, lean, or look weathered, finding a handyman to reinforce and refinish your deck should be high on your to-do list.

Reinvigorate a Patchy Lawn

Patches on your lawn are an eyesore and would earn a subtle headshake from your dad if he saw them. Bald or bare spots can occur due to a number of reasons:

  • Fungi, bugs, or pests are infesting the area
  • Lack of sunlight or water
  • Uneven fertilizer distribution; and more.

Depending on the severity, your bald spots might only need a good watering or new soil and seeding, or it might need a complete overhaul. Spend some time researching it or consult with an expert to determine what the exact issue is so you can begin to find a solution.

Clean Your Gutters

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, but those showers will turn from refreshing to problematic if your gutters are clogged. All the leaves and debris that piled up in your gutters over the winter months that you put off dealing with can begin to cause structural damage to your home if water gets backed up. Since gutters are designed to carry rainwater away from your home, the buildup of it can overflow into the foundation of your home, cause your roof to leak, or cause the roof to collapse if gets too heavy. So, get up there or get a pro handyman to sweep those gutters clean before it creates an unnecessary headache.

 

As always, if you’re in need of a handyman or home repair services while you get ready for spring, you can get a free quote here or call 1-833-SKILL-ME to consult our handymen or learn more about the services that SkilledHelpNow offers.

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Our decades of general contracting experience allows us to connect you with certified professionals who will get your home improvement projects done with expert craftmanship. Get in touch now to get an estimate, learn about your renovation financing options, and our insured, licensed and warrantied team.

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