An outdoor living space is not only a great feature to enjoy while you live in your home, it can also attract buyers when and if you’re ready to sell. With additions like patios, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and even swimming pools, you can improve the chances of selling your home for more and oftentimes quicker. As it is with all things exposed to Mother Nature, outdoor living features can over time, get dirty, discolor, or can require repairs. Regular maintenance on your outdoor living investment will maximize its lifespan and make sure it looks beautiful for your family’s enjoyment and even the next one.

Patios and Walkways

Features that are made of pavers, brick, or stone should be washed every spring to clear away winter debris. It is also a good idea to walk around these areas and visually inspect each to see if any minor repairs or touch ups are needed. Keep an eye out for shifting or cracking. In the winter, water trapped under pavers or stone patios can cause damage because of freeze-thaw cycles.

Fire Features

If you have a gas fire feature, it is always a good idea to remove the ceramic logs or briquettes and store them for the winter. Fireplace inserts are made of stainless steel and don’t require maintenance. We also recommend that you replace the battery in the electronic ignition control once a year, prior to your summer usage.

Outdoor Kitchens

Your outdoor kitchen appliances, including grills, stoves, fridges should always be covered when not in use (during any time of year). This keeps controls clean, prevents dust from building up, and prevents rainwater or snowmelt from reaching them. Be sure to clean your outdoor grill on an annual basis, remove the grates and use a medium brass brush on the burners. Your goal is to clean away any food debris around the perforations of the burners and to prevent corrosion. Ceramic briquettes should be replaced every two to three years.

Covered Structures

Patio covers, pergolas and pavilions are the foundation to define an outdoor living space and serve as a as its central gathering space. Clear all loose debris from your outdoor structure and surrounding area regularly. Clean with water (use low pressure power washer if necessary) a few times a year. Wood structures typically need to be re-stained or resealed every few years in our climate.

Features Made of Wood

Speaking of wood, all wooden surfaces eventually turn gray from sun exposure. At the start of the season, give your wood furniture or features a thorough cleaning. In a bucket, mix a gallon of hot water with powdered oxygen bleach, according to directions. Scrub well using a soft-bristle brush or broom. Rinse and repeat. The first scrubbing gets rid of visible mold; the second destroys the mold spores. Don’t use chlorine bleach, which can destroy the wood and your surrounding vegetation.

The Pool

Your pool is a relaxing oasis from the sweltering heat, and to keep things going swimmingly, pool maintenance is key. Before you take the plunge, make sure you’ve checked everything off this list including balanced chemicals, checking your water levels, and cleaning tips.

And, Yes Even the Driveway

Although driveways and walks are utilitarian, they are extensions of your outdoor living area, and one of the first things people see when entering your property. Regular care of these areas will prevent them from becoming damaged or unsightly. Sweep weekly with an outdoor push or corn broom or rinse with a hose to keep surfaces clean.

When it comes to outdoor maintenance, many homeowners don’t have time to fiddle with fussy plants or deadhead endless blooms. And we get that. That is why we offer landscape maintenance services. We want homeowners to enjoy their landscape investment as much as their outdoor living area. Check out all of our general maintenance services we offer.

Want a real deal? Our Total Property Maintenance Package will ensure your landscape is maintained properly each season without the need for you to make another call. All of the services listed above are included in Total Property Maintenance and will be done at the proper time for best results!