If you are currently remodeling your home, your mind is full of paint color options, new models of dishwashers and different kinds of carpeting. You may become so focused on the interior of your house that you forget to update these areas outside your house that need your attention.
Driveway and Cars
You rarely think about your driveway, and that’s understandable. It’s the place where you leave your car after work or where your children play basketball. Don’t let your lack of thought about this area translate into a lack of care, though. If your driveway begins to crack, you need to have it repaired before winter, since the cracks will only get worse then. You should also make sure your cars are reasonably clean. Car wash maintenance happens infrequently, so you can get your car washed at almost any time of the day.
Trash Cans and Recycling Bins
Trash cans hold garbage, but that doesn’t mean they have to look like junk. If you store them and your recycling bins outside, make sure they won’t scare away any visitors. Always keep the lids shut to prevent raccoons and other animals from digging through them and to hide the mess inside. Several times a year, wash all of the bins inside and out. They’ll smell and look much better.
Front Porch and Sidewalk
Some houses have the gift of amazing porches with huge steps that are perfect for spending a summer evening outside. Smaller porches are less fun but still need attention. Sweep your porch and sidewalk weekly and pull weeds out of the cracks in the cement. As with driveways, you may need to have these cracks fixed if they become too big.
Keeping up with home improvement projects inside your house may be more fun than outdoor maintenance. However, if you want to have the nicest possible home, you need to take care of these issues as well.