There are enough guides and walkthroughs on repairing broken sinks, blinking lights, and rusty doorknobs. You’ve probably read enough of those to make you a master of basic home interior repairs. The guides have told you enough about how you can do the maintenance work yourself or who you should reach out to when the work needs professional hands.
Worry not, for we’re here to give you what you never thought you’d need when it comes to home maintenance. Doing repair work outside the walls of your humble abode.
What are the basic home repair issues outside the house itself?
Most of the repair works you’ll do yourself of call repair services for are inside the confines of your home. Your fridge, sink, television—the typical household indoor items that are notorious for frequently running into operational issues.
The amount of attention given to indoor home repairs makes the needs of your home’s exterior feel neglected. That shouldn’t be the case because they are the ones that keep your house secure, and they are in your way when you go in and out of your place.
Shingles made out of asphalt can live through years of battling wind, rain, and snow. The problem with them is that they are prone to breakage—they break like cardboard when enough and sudden force is applied.
But asphalt shingles are fairly easy to replace and won’t take more than an hour of your time—depending on how many shingles you need to replace. Just don’t forget to place the replacement shingles carefully so you won’t damage the others.
Now, this may not be a “repair” issue. It’s commonly found in gardening walkthroughs, and the reason it’s on this list is that fixing a patchy lawn is still a form of maintaining your home’s exterior. It wouldn’t hurt to have a lush and green lawn that will represent how much you value your home’s appearance.
This portion includes you fixing a window that is either stuck open or closed. This is a two-way repair work—you’d have to try to fix it from the inside before trying to do so from the outside.
Your front or back doors need frequent maintenance checks—they are the entry points to your house, after all. If one of them happens to have a lock that is not working properly—you may encounter problems bigger and more serious than how a broken door looks.
Fixing rain gutters
Gutters are used to direct rainwater to the right places on the ground—the last thing you want is for water to drip right down your doorstep or window.
Rain gutters are typically open and ten to get clogged with dry leaves and other types of waste from the outside.
Your outdoor space right outside your door is exposed to different weather conditions that can deteriorate its quality over time—depending on the materials you used to make them.
If your deck is made out of wood, you will need more frequent maintenance routines to ensure that you won’t have anyone falling through anytime soon.
To ensure the longevity of decks made of wood, the right finishing that can withstand varying weather conditions can be used during finishing.
Cracked driveway pavement
Poured asphalt is guaranteed to last at least 30 years. But stress and sudden force in high amounts can produce cracks on the pavement. The cracks can have stray grass growing between them, and they don’t look clean.
Some companies provide asphalt repair services to ensure that your driveway is free from the cracked pavement. When left alone, the cracks can grow and can be more expensive to repair.
Replacing outdoor lights
It is common for houses to have lights that illuminate driveways, doorways, and the path to their front and back decks. This is to ensure ease of navigation in the dark and to let the people inside the house see if there are people outside on their way in.
Outdoor lights are exposed to weather conditions and remain operational for long periods. This makes their need for repairs and replacement more frequent compared to indoor lights.
Your home’s exterior is its face—the last thing you want is to have a pristine-looking interior but an exterior that looks the complete opposite. Not to mention, you also rely on exterior parts of your home to protect the interior. It’s only right to give them extra attention—maybe it’s better if you give them more care than what your home’s interior gets.