Your Season-by-Season Home Improvement Calendar
Thinking of making home improvements in the coming year? Great! Upkeep, repair or replacement of essential components will keep your house in top shape and safeguard your investment. With a little advance planning, you can organize financing, book contractors when they are most available, and avoid scheduling conflicts. Our calendar walks you through common home improvements, season by season, and is just jam-packed with tips to help you stay on task and on budget.
Here's the first installment for Winter 2017.
1. HEAT YOUR HOME
In most of the US, winter is synonymous with cold. And that means an efficient heating system is a must. Whether you need furnace repair or replacement, don’t delay! A well-functioning furnace will not only keep you and your family nice and warm, but also reduce your utility bills.
2. ORGANIZE SNOW REMOVAL
Want to count on your driveway, steps, and sidewalk being clear when you need to get to work fast? Don’t haul out the old shovel every time there’s a blizzard. Instead, hire a reliable snow removal service. The pros will bring the latest and greatest state-of-the-art equipment -- snow-blowers, snow brushes, and 4-wheel drive plows -- for fast, convenient removal of those mountains of snow that winter throws at you.
If you didn’t get around to it in the fall, now is not too late to increase your comfort and reduce your heating bills. Seal and insulate your home: weatherstrip moveable parts like doors and windows; caulk cracks against cold air; and insulate your ductwork, attic, and crawlspace. Take it from Networx professional handymen: this inexpensive, easy fix will maximize your furnace efficiency this winter -- and your A/C next summer, as well.
4. INSTALL CO & SMOKE DETECTORS
When you’re using fuel-burning appliances and your house is sealed up tight in winter, you’ll need protection against deadly carbon monoxide gas. Install a CO monitor next to bedrooms, and a smoke detector on every floor. New smart house alarm systems combine the two functions and even communicate between devices wherever they’re installed.
5. FIX PLUMBING LEAKS -- There’s not much action outdoors when the ground is covered with snow, so winter’s the ideal time to tend your home’s interior. Plumbing leaks from faucets or toilets are the most common, but did you know that there are plenty of other potential sources of leaks? If your water bill’s higher than it used to be, you might want to check your sink edging, shower door, hot water tank, bathtub drain, and even your lawn sprinkler. Water leaks can waste hundreds of gallons per year – a shame, because they’re fairly simple and inexpensive to fix.
6. DECLUTTER -- Though spring’s the traditional time for decluttering, the early bird who gets this task out of the way round about January will have more time to spend outdoors when the weather turns mild and bright. Start by getting rid of excess household baggage. For the belongings that really matter, stow them neatly in organized storage areas. A skilled carpenter can suggest all kinds of ingenious solutions, like built-in bookcases and crafty closet organizers.
7. LAY CARPET -- Are you suffering from cold tootsie syndrome? Have plush carpet installed and make your floor oh so much cozier underfoot, without cranking up the (expensive!!) heat. Carpeting of ½” on up will contribute an R-value of 1.4 or greater, depending on its thickness. Multiply that by one and half times for cozy wool carpet!
8. GET GARDEN-READY -- Don’t just pine for garden season – prepare! Here is your Late Winter To-Do List: Browse gardening sites, plan your annual plantings, and book a landscaper to install them. End of February through early April is also the ideal time to prune foliage in order to thin and shape your trees and shrubs, as well as stimulate gorgeous new spring growth.
MUST-READS FOR WINTER 2017:
- Should You Repair or Replace Your Furnace?
- Home Snow Removal: It's not Just for Walkways
- How to Keep Your Home Warm When It's C-C-Cold Outside
- The Cost Of Installing Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- 13 Things You Must Know About Household Plumbing Leaks
- Organize Your Home with Simple Storage Dos and Don’ts
- 4 Reasons to Choose Carpet
- Keep Your Landscape Looking Its Best
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