LeafFilter President, Chris Counahan, Featured in Real Simple’s Home Maintenance and Exterior Spring Cleaning Checklist 2024

The spring season falls between late March and early June. That’s the perfect time of year to declutter and deep clean your home. However, most of the focus tends to be on the interior rather than the exterior. After spending winter months indoors, it is no wonder that people want a fresh new feel in advance of the summer months. But the outside of your home likely needs some TLC, too.

Whether cleaning the gutters, rearranging the garage, or retouching landscaping, curb appeal depends on giving your home a seasonal facelift. However, addressing your home’s exterior can be physically taxing and mentally exhausting. A few small tweaks could make the process quicker and more enjoyable. Here’s what you need to know to give the outside of your home a proper spring refresh…

Chris Counahan, president at LeafFilter, a gutter guard and installation company, says, “Gutters are not always the first thing people think to maintain when yearly spring cleaning rolls around. However, springtime is full of heavy rain, and if gutters are not maintained and water overflows from them, it can result in basement flooding, mold and mildew growth, and even foundational issues.” He recommends that gutters be cleaned every spring to prevent clogging and roof damage.

“The benefit of cleaning [gutters] in the spring is they may have been damaged over the winter by built-up debris, burrowing animals, or ice dams,” Counahan adds. “Ice dams can break gutters, resulting in leaks that may not be apparent and eventually leading to mold in your ceilings or foundation.”

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