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It’s a brand-new year, and that always means a whole new round of new year’s resolutions.

What have you resolved to do this year? Have you committed to personal improvement? Making financial targets, fitness goals, or other resolutions for your betterment?

How about your home? It’s your biggest investment, after all. Why not make some firm resolutions to improve your home this year? It’s a great opportunity to maintain and grow that investment, both inside the home and outside. In this issue we’ll talk about goals you can make for your home’s exterior. We’ll talk about gutters and eavestroughs, of course (since that’s what we do here at Complete Gutters), but also some tips for general home improvement and maintenance.

Start at the Top – Up on the Roof

Now granted, early in the year in Vancouver it isn’t always easy to find a dry time to go up and inspect your roof. But once the sun comes out – or, you know, at least the rain stops long enough for things to dry out – we recommend going up and taking a look at your roof (assuming you haven’t in a while). No need to walk on it, mind you, as that can get dicey, but go up on a ladder and have a gander around (pro tip: binoculars help for close-ups… or a phone or camera… we’ve even seen this done with a drone, but that’s a little hardcore). What to look for once you’re up there?

  • Look for missing tiles, shingles or shakes
  • Inspect for debris and other blockage (branches, twigs, leaves, random garbage, etc.)
  • See what might be blocking or impacting the roof (trees, power lines, other objects)

Once you’ve made an assessment, it’s time to make a list of repairs. Replacing those tiles or shingles will extend the lifetime of the roof and prevent water leaks, mildew mold, rotting, etc. Clear the roof and gutters of leaves, branches and other debris. Downspouts should not empty onto roof surfaces but should be extended to the eavestroughs. It’s recommended heavily that you do not power wash the roof to remove debris or mold & mildew, as the pressure can cause damage and water could also seep below. Trim trees back from the roof. If you find a power line impacting the roof, do not touch it or attempt to do anything; simply call your hydro provider and alert them to this.

Inside the House

Why wait until spring for a proper cleaning? Rainy days (and Vancouver & the Lower Mainland have plenty of those!) are a great time to get things tidied up around the house.

Vinegar is Your Friend

You can use white vinegar, a natural solution that’s far friendlier for your family and home than abrasive & toxic chemicals, to clean a wide variety of surfaces in your home. It’s great for kitchen counters, sinks and floors, bathroom surfaces, windows, and much more.

Kitchen & Bathrooms with a Fine-Tooth Comb

Not literally, of course, but when it comes to making kitchens & bathrooms sparkle with cleanliness, a good rule of thumb is to overlook nothing. Toasters, ovens, fridge & freezer, kettles, stovetops and hoods – these deserve your full attention and cleaning power, as do shower heads and toilets, tile floors and more in bathrooms.

Gutters

Back up on the roof are your gutters. Now, you can see what might be blocking these during that visual inspection. If you need a thorough gutter cleaning, though, why not leave it to the trusted experts at Complete Gutters? We’re also experienced in gutter replacement and replacement. Contact us today to find out how Complete Gutters can help you realize your new year’s resolution for proper home maintenance.

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