While Queensland is beautiful all year round, spring would have to be our favourite time of year. The wild variety of colourful flowers, the perfectly warm sunny days, and the promise of a balmy, tropical summer ahead. Spring is also a perfect time to catch up on some household maintenance and preparation for the storm season ahead. Whether you are a homeowner or renting, it is important to check on some key areas in your house to avoid bigger problems in the future. So how about we start from the top.
Gutters – a gutter full of leaves can cause rainwater to back up and into the roof, leading to water damage and the risk of mould. For those with rainwater tanks, it is important to keep your gutters and leaf catchers clean so you can keep your tanks as full as possible. The frequency of cleaning will depend on the number of trees surrounding the house; however, spring (especially in Queensland) is a great time to clear them in time for the wet season. On a safety note, this task can be dangerous, with many Australians falling from ladders or encountering electrical wires, so it might be worth hiring a professional. Installing gutter guards is also an option to reduce ongoing maintenance in this area. If you are renting, you can raise this as a maintenance concern with your landlord.
Cleaning the outside – depending on the construction material of your home, you could hire a pressure cleaner (or a professional with the right tools) to clean the outside or just spot clean those dirty, high traffic areas. Driveways are great areas to clean and are often forgotten, however this is the properties first impression and a major contributor to curb appeal.