As a homeowner, preparing your home for the harsh winter weather can help guarantee the long-lasting value of your home. Additionally, these upgrades can prevent you from having to deal with mid-winter emergencies that could be delayed due to bad weather. As we roll into the winter months, take on these home improvement projects to increase your property value and make your home more inviting overall.
- Outside Painting – If your home is in need of a coat of paint, brisk winter days are perfect for working on painting projects. If your shutters, door, and trim need a color boost, paint them during the season when the weather is more comfortable to work outside. Mild winter days are the prime time to seal the paint on the outside of your home to keep the siding and wood safe from the oncoming harsh elements, according to the expert Englewood painters.
- Roof Repairs – Before heavy snow starts falling, have your roof inspected to ensure it’s in good condition. Small holes could become bigger issues when the cold and damp weather arrive. Any repairs needed should be done before the season starts because it’s easier and faster to repair roof issues before the wet weather sets in.
- Power Washing – Give your home a facelift for the upcoming holiday season by having the outside power washed. Mold likes dirty, grimy surfaces, so keep your brickwork and siding clean with a washing. Whether you have brick, stone, or siding, consult a professional about what kinds of nozzle and pressure should be used on the surface of your house.
- Bathroom Remodel – Tired of the old grout, dated bath tiles and itching for a project? Bathroom remodels are small projects that can easily be finished before the guests arrive for the holidays and won’t break the bank. Rebecca Lane, an Olathe interior decorator, tells her clients to focus on making one major upgrade to an appliance, like the tub or sink, leaving the rest of the room to be transformed by smaller changes, like upgraded hardware and accessories.
- Refinish Flooring – Hardwood floors see a lot of wear and tear over the years. Sunlight bleaches them and dirt and grime can get in between planks. Prep your floors for the snow and rock salt the winter season brings by sanding and refinishing them to even out the discolorations and protect them from damage.
- Furnace Maintenance – Your furnace works extra hard in the winter to keep you comfortable, so keep it in good condition and have regular maintenance done. Have a trained professional do a proper testing of the furnace. Also, check for loose piping or ductwork and be sure to replace dirty air filters.
- Home Winterizing – The best way to prep your home for winter weather is to do the maintenance beforehand. Caulk any holes around windows and door frames to prevent drafts. Replace or install new weather stripping doors to keep a tight seal. Check your insulation in the attic and add some if needed – check for updated r-index values – or replace any that looks worn or is crumbling.
Get ahead of the winter storms by working on home improvement projects before the harsh weather and little daylight become difficult to deal with.