As this is the weekend to tour the amazing remodeled homes on our Remodelers Showcase (Like #R29 above by Stonehearth), we thought these five tips from guest blogger Sofia Lewis were quite apropo!
With summer heat and humidity coming to an end, it is wise to consider how you can improve and prepare your home for the coming winter and cool weather. Work is better done when the temperatures are still warm, so that no inconvenience is caused in your home by the renovation work.
Use the time now to implement each of the following projects. You will likely want to spend more time indoors with cold weather approaching, which is why using the time in late summer and fall presents the best opportunity for some domestic cleaning, carpet cleaning and, most importantly, some renovation projects. Here is what you can consider:
- Roof – you definitely want to inspect your roof and see if there is any damage that needs fixing. With the coming of snow, the last thing you want to hear is the ‘drip, drip’ from a leaky roof. Fall represents the perfect opportunity to do some repair or thorough replacement. It is easier for the builders to work and you will likely have more time to book such services, as there is no rush. Heat and very cold weather can potentially slow down any roof project, which is why fall is definitely the right time to cross it off your list.
- Windows – losing heat and having hail and snow pouring through faulty window panes is not the way to go. Inspect your windows now, because you want them to be able to withstand a harsh winter, if need be. If you need ideas for a good investment, consider energy-efficiency and upgrade your windows with high efficiency windows like the ones above from Marvin Windows and Doors. This will quickly pay off over time in the form of prevented heat loss. Consider window cleaning now, as this task becomes all the more difficult with the dropping of temperatures.
- Heating system – keeping your home warm and comfortable in winter should be your number one priority. Warm water and warm air – that is what you are after. To ensure that is the case, you must inspect the entire heating system of your home. Start with the water heater – see if it is properly protected from the elements and insulate water pipes, to prevent the risk of bursting. Next, turn your attention to your heating unit – filters, flame and gas flow. Call for professionals, if you are unsure of anything.
- Paint – many people think that summer is the perfect time for painting indoors, since they can deal easily with ventilation and cleaning service afterwards. The truth is humid weather is not ideal for painting. Fall, however, presents the perfect opportunity for interior painting (consider a calming gray in your bedroom, like this one from Vujovich Design Build which you can see this weekend). You can open windows and doors and dry the paint quickly. And if you’re looking for help, painting professionals can make a quick job of it.
- Insulation – properly insulating your home before winter should be one of your priorities. You want to prevent heat loss, and one of the guaranteed ways for this is installing proper insulation. It is an investment, which will pay off in the long run. The warm air will remain inside during the winter, and cool air will not escape in the summer.
Consider each of these projects for your home and free your schedule in the fall to complete them. Hire specialized service to complete them fast and you will have easier time in the winter. For more house cleaning tips visit: cleaningdomesticcleaners.com