Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Year-round home renovations: Renovate through the seasons!

Any house needs constant upkeep and maintenance. It is good “ownership” practice to perform home renovations in an on-going basis rather than wait until something breaks before we call our local professional handyman. Weatherproofing, leak repairs or replacing the damaged trim on the house exterior are only some examples of what areas to prioritize each season. 

During the Spring rainy season it is time to clean up and repair gutter and downspouts. This will prevent roof damage while draining the water away from the house foundation, replacing a leaky garden hose, re-caulk the bilco door will ensure your finished basement remains dry and protected from the elements.

Spring recalls the renewal of the earth and with it the call to renew our own home environment. Spring clean-up may involve tasks like painting, recaulk windows and doors and even power-washing. Perhaps adding an extra fan in anticipation of the hot season or creating extra storage or shelving, such as redoing your closet or building a tool shed are other projects suited at this time.

Ready to sit on your deck to take advantage of a great sunny day? Not so fast, first be sure the deck surface is properly protected from the hot Summer months. This season you may finally want to enlarge your existing deck or make it safer for your family and friends. A simple task like restoring your deck prior to the first picnic will save you some money in the long run. 

Other suitable Summer projects may involve changing your exterior doors, windows, sliders or patio doors will not only refresh the look of your home, but also make it more energy efficient and safer for your family. Finally, we suggest replacing any rotted wood: trim boards, exterior moldings, columns or siding shingles which will reduce pest control issues and prevent future damage to your home.

Fall is very much like Spring: the brisk cool nights are a reminder of a more severe weather down the road. How efficient is your existing weather insulation? Increasing the R-Factor in the attic or walls is always a good idea. Sealing door and window drafts;  keeping adequate venting In your bathroom minimizes the build-up of mildew and moisture problems.

Finally, Winter is perfect for these indoor projects waiting for your attention: Checking for leaks on traps and drains, under the kitchen sink, tub or vanity or other similar plumbing repairs. Replace faulty wall switches, light fixtures, electrical outlets, adding a missing GFCI in your bathroom or kitchen can be fun and exciting. Other winter targets are painting a new room replacing the old plaster by drywall or finally getting rid of the outdated paneling.

Of course there are many more year-round home renovations we can bring to your attention, if you don’t have the energy and time to spare on your home projects, hire a professional instead. The smart homeowner will renovate not procrastinate!

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