As the famous Christmas carol goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Unfortunately, coupled with the magic of the season, can be harsh winter weather. Freezing temperatures, ice, wind and snow can pose a direct threat to your home. Is your home ready to be your winter retreat? Now is the time to find out!
Here are five popular and sensible ways to get your home ready for the winter:
1. Exterior Home Inspection – Stop issues before they start!
Harsh weather can happen all year long. Was your home exposed to strong windstorms throughout the year? You may have loose or missing shingles, loose gutters and/or shutters. Any mature trees on your property may need trimming to prevent potential damage. It’s a good idea to start with an exterior inspection of your home before the change in the weather. An exterior home inspection will assure your home is safe, secure and protected from the elements.
2. Windows, Doors and Insulation Keep Jack Frost Away!
Could your home benefit from replacement windows or doors? Drafty windows and doors are the primary way heat is lost from your home.
Your attic should also be inspected to assure it is insulated properly. A blanket of insulation may do the trick to cut your heating bill significantly! Also, your home’s plumbing should be inspected to assure it is insulated properly to prevent damage caused by frozen, bursting pipes.
3. Some Lighting to Light up Your Life!
Brighten your home and surroundings with updated lighting. It’s wise to evaluate your space and determine if you need task lighting in the work areas in your home. Perhaps your home needs soft lighting added to the areas your family tends to gather. Consider adding exterior lighting for safety and to emphasize the exterior features of your home. Add to the spirit of your neighborhood and outfit your home with Holiday lighting for all to enjoy.
4. Give Your Home a Face Lift!
Whether it’s adding shutters or replacing siding, it’s sure to add value to your home. If your home has a wooden deck, it may be time to clean, sand and reseal it. Assure your walkways are clear and your driveway is sealed and maintained also.
Once the bad weather hits, it’s time to focus your home improvement plan on the interior of your home. Develop a plan to make the most of the blustery winter days with interior projects.
Does your dream kitchen awaits?! Expand your livable space by getting your basement finished! Refresh the look of your home with a new paint palate… Whatever projects you choose, they will surely bring you enjoyment to carry you through the winter blues.
5. Plan Your Work – Keep Moving Forward!
Sometimes it’s more inviting to stay bundled up on those cold winter days, reading a good book and drinking a cup of hot chocolate. Others, you want to stay on track. By keeping a log of your plans your changes will be ready before the thaw of the Spring! Then, you can focus on any landscaping and outdoor living addition jobs (such as decks, sunrooms and mudrooms) you may want to have completed.
Before you know it, Spring will be here and you’ll only have to worry about opening the windows and letting the fresh air in!