SPRING has sprung, bringing with it daffodils, tiny hints of sun and the much anticipated spring-clean list.
But while most people deep clean the kitchen and kick the dust out the rugs, many people neglect the outside of their homes, and it could cost them dearly.
Poor external upkeep can end if repairs with a hefty price tag later down the line.
The experts at Insulation Express have clubbed together to bring you the seven tasks that you can do yourself, and they could save you around £3,000 in professional repair costs.
Blitz those gutters – £980 saving
As well as causing damp problems with built up water seeing through to internal walls, a large gathering of moss, leaves and other debris can cause the guttering to break completely.
An average gutter replacement can cost around £700 and damp-proofing internal walls can cost up to £280 per wall.
Pressure wash the wall – £600 saving
Depending on your property, it is recommended that you clean the exterior of your home every two years to help prevent moss and algae growing, which will also protect the siding and paintwork.
Cleaning can also save you money when compared to exterior painting, which can rack up huge costs.
If moss is left to grow, it can spread up the side of walls and in severe cases, even cause the roof to lose its structural integrity.
Use a pressure washer to clean the outside of your home, if you get a specialist to do it, it’ll set you back around £600.
Check the loft insulation – £350 saving
As well as retaining heat during winter, having good quality insulation can also help to keep your home cool in the summer months.
With the rise in energy bills, it is worthwhile using springtime to inspect your loft insulation to ensure that there is enough insulation material and no gaps which can lead to cold spots.
Depending on the type of insulation you require, a professional installation can cost £350 but can be saved if you do it yourself.
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Get rid of the weeds in your paving – £300 saving
Neglecting the weeds and moss on your outdoor paving or driveway can cause the roots of the weeds to grow underneath the paving stones and result in unsightly cracks.
Remove the weeds by hand, use a liquid weed killer on stubborn weeds, and clean with a pressure washer – or invest in professional cleaning which can cost £300 for a medium-sized driveway.
Wipe windows and door frames – £225 saving
The dirt and grime build-up from the harsh elements over winter on exterior door frames and windows can cause premature fading and discoloration in extreme cases.
This can be remedied by removing loose dust and dirt before wiping down the frames with water and dish soap.
Older wooden frames on exterior doors may require a full repaint which could cost around £225, so keep them in top condition with regular cleaning.
Check your roof tiles – £225 saving
Thanks to the storms in recent months and naturally occurring build-up of moss and other debris, your roof may need some attention.
Dirt can also disrupt the natural flow of water towards the guttering, leading to excess water which may damage the bonds between each roof tile and result in damp and other costly water damage.
The average cost for roof tile replacement for five broken tiles is £170, which can stretch to £225 if cement bedding is required.
Clean your deck – £100 saving
Blackening of decking can happen after a wet winter when fungus reacts with wet wood to create an unsightly stain, which can lead to rotting.
You can save yourself the £100 fee of having your decking professionally cleaned by doing it using a broom and a solution of water and a fit-for-purpose decking cleaner to keep the decking in good condition and minimize the risk of rot.
Jenny Turner, Property Manager at Insulation Express said: “By keeping on top of house maintenance throughout the year, you can minimize the risk of costly repairs or the need to bring in professionals which can quickly mount up in expenses.”
For more information visit Insulation Express’s website.