When you own a home that’s been sitting idle and unloved, or you’ve just not had time to tend to it, it can go downhill. Repairs don’t get done, problems appear, and the sign of age becomes evident.
If that’s the situation with your home and you wish to bring it back up to the right standard, read on.
Resurfacing Asphalt Driveways
Asphalt driveways can end up with potholes, cracks, divots or other cosmetic blemishes from past use. An overly heavy vehicle previously driven onto the driveway could have been too much for the driveway to bear and caused at least some of the problems now. However, if the driveway is older, that could be a factor too.
Using the infrared asphalt repair method, it’s possible to attend to the existing driveway. The infrared penetrates the current asphalt and heats it. This allows it to smooth over and creates a resurfaced driveway that’s a pleasure to use once again. The process is far less intrusive than ripping up an old driveway to replace it.
Replace Old Windows
Windows only last so many years before they begin to show signs of needing to be replaced.
Most often, it’s the window frames that are the culprit. They’re sometimes the first to begin to let in air from the outside and warmth from the inside to the outdoors too. This can be resolved by caulking the windowsill and frame areas, but it’s not always a neat job.
If the windows are in poor condition and you want the best result that’ll be solid for a decade into the future, then consider replacing the windows. This will resolve any draft or insulation issues and avoid needing to do it again too soon.
Front and Backyard Overhaul
Two areas where you’ll need to take care of if they’ve been left for a few months or even longer are the front and backyard. By this time, they’ll be plenty to keep you or some gardeners busy for a while.
Mow the Lawns
Mow the lawn at the back and the front too if there is one. This way, you can see what you’re working with. Any grass that’s not in a healthy condition can be spotted by its discoloration. You can then apply the appropriate treatment to get the lawn back to top condition.
Is it the right time to look at pruning the trees and the shrubs back?
The springtime is usually the best time to do this, so you’re just in the right season. Stunted growth due to a lack of pruning in the intervening months can prevent future growth, so don’t let it stand.
The weeds will certainly have been showing up in the months since you last looked for them. In many places, they will be overcrowding the scene and will be easy to spot. It will take time and require you to get on your hands and knees! Bring a soft mat to kneel on, so your knees don’t take most of the punishment.
It will probably take extra time to fix up a lovely home when you haven’t put the effort into it. The longer it’s been neglected, the more time will be required. Be patient for results too.
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