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Top tips for sprucing up your property this spring

Top tips for sprucing up your property this spring
Posted on 04/09/2020

By staying at home, you’re staying safe. But you’re also probably noticing a growing list of household tasks that need completed – and neighbors are noticing things that need remediated at others’ homes and reporting them to code enforcement staff.

This is a great time to tackle a number of projects around your home that not only help to keep Lenexa’s neighborhoods beautiful, but can also prevent some problems in the coming weeks and months.

  • It’s critically important that emergency personnel can identify your address if you need the aid of first responders. Make sure your address is properly displayed and visible from the street. Numbers should contrast with the building’s background, be at least four inches tall and be illuminated at night. Learn more about building addressing
  • Clear out your flower beds and gardens of dead or overgrown vegetation and weeds. This takes little to no supplies, makes your property look neater and eliminates key places for sneaky wildlife to hide.
  • Clean out your gutters, which may have accumulated fallen leaves and evergreen needles through the winter. Clogged gutters can contribute to foundation problems, basement flooding and other drainage problems.
  • Use paint you have at home to touch up or repaint your door or shutters.
  • Take a walk around your property and check for signs of wood rot and decay on fences, storage structures, decks, siding and shutters.
  • If you’re thinking of taking on a larger project, check to see if you need a building permit. New sheds larger than 120 square feet, fences and basement finishes require a permit. You also need a permit if you’re doing things like expanding your current deck or doing major repairs inside or outside your home that involve changing framing, adding new wiring or adding new plumbing. You can complete the permit process online through our permit portal and email. Learn more about remodeling project permits
  • Pick up your dog waste. Each gram of dog waste contains more than 21 million bacteria, which can accumulate in our streams, ponds and lakes.
  • Sweep your driveway and sidewalk to remove debris that could clog storm drains.
  • Unsure about where to start? A good rule of thumb is to pretend you’re getting ready to sell your property. What would you want to tidy up? What projects would you want to finish?

Published April 9, 2020