Because there are so many different tradespeople involved in kitchen and bathroom renovations, these projects are really complex. As opposed to hiring each individual trade, i.e. plumber, electrician, carpenter, people often choose to contract with one general contractor. who can coordinate the entire project. The project’s individual requirements will determine the time involved and the price you will be charged. Moving walls or removing old tile will take more time and labor hours. Keep these things in mind when thinking about your project.
Every year, we at Woods Home Improvements like to remind everyone that annual home maintenance can save you some major headaches in the long run. Here are a few ideas for keeping your home in tip top shape:
1.) Check your roof, gutters, and downspouts for debris:
Your roof is often forgotten about because it is not at eye level to give you a subtle reminder every time you walk past it. Clear leaves, dirt, and pine needles from gutters and examine downspouts for damage or loose pieces. Check the flashing around your chimney and any openings in the roof, such as skylights for leaking problems.
2.) Inspect the grounds of your property
Before the grass is covered with snow, or it is too cold to venture outside, check walkways for cracks and loose paver material. Fix walkway and entryway areas before slippery weather can cause a tripping or falling accident.
3.) Change the filters in your home:
If you have a central air conditioning system, change the air filter regularly. If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove from the window or place a waterproof cover over it to prevent damage. Change filters in stove vents, clothes dryers and room fans if applicable. Clean air filters will keep your family healthier in the fall months.
4.) Repair leaky faucets
Before the temperatures start to dip low, examine leaky faucets in the kitchen, bathrooms, and utility room locations. Most likely the time and money spent now to fix will be less than a broken pipe in the dead of winter!
5.) Remember the fireplace:
For some people they use their fireplace more than their central heater in the fall and winter months. Discard old ashes and ensure the damper is open to allow air to freely move through the chimney. If the air is becoming cold, close back the damper after cleaning. Check the damper handle and springs to ensure the flue is operating correctly. Hire a professional chimney sweep if needed.
6.) Drain your hot water heater:
If your live in an area with hard water extra amounts of sediments could be building up in your tank. Now is a perfect time to drain and make sure rust is not developing in your tank as well. If your hot water heater is extremely old or is rusting considering a new one that will be more cost effective and energy efficient.
7.) Check windows and doors for drafts:
The majority of conditioned air in your home is lost through the windows and doors. Go through your home and open windows to ensure the seal and caulking around the window frame is in good condition. Think of adding heavier drapery around windows that are extra drafty, to help block some air infiltration.
8.) Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture:
Once you have taken your last plunge in the pool this summer, power wash outdoor furniture and cushions. Once dry, store cushions in dry area to prevent cracking, and fading over the fall and winter months. One spring comes along next year, you will be pleased that you stored them and they’re ready for use!
9.) Have garden power tools serviced:
Once your grass begins to enter the dormant stage, take your lawnmower, trimmer, and other tools to get their blades sharpened and fluids recapped off. In the market for new garden power tools, buy now when the season is almost over… you will find great deals!
10. Take care of your irrigation/lawn needs:
Depending on where you live, the climate for your lawn and its irrigation system may need to be checked. Consider having an irrigation service professional fix broken heads before the cold weather sets in. If you want to prevent spring weeds and winter lawn damage, don’t forget to fertilize. Visit your local garden center to find out information on what type of fertilizer to use and when to spread it.
Enjoy these days of summer because they are going fast! Before you know it we will be getting ready for the holidays. Use these ten tips to help you get a jump start on your fall home maintenance, your home will thank you!
In the spirit of updating ourselves with new product, installation and business knowledge, we attended this year’s Remodeling Show and Deck Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago on October 17th and 18th. We picked up a wealth of knowledge and got to meet some great people showcasing new and innovative products that we know our customer’s will love. What a great opportunity to learn and grow. We look forward to bringing this new knowledge to our very next appointment!
Home Improvement Projects for Spring
By George Perry Published 02/28/2013 From the Website: Let’s Build
Six Home Improvement Projects for Spring
Spring may not be here just yet, but it’s not too early to start planning your home improvement projects for once the weather turns. With that in mind, here are some projects that you should consider doing to improve the look and feel of your home once the weather warms and the sun starts to shine a little more often.
Painting your home’s exterior in the winter is challenging at best, and honestly something of a waste of your time. Waiting until Spring, however, means you can clean off the dirt, grime, and residue of a season’s worth of snow, sleet, and freezing rain and brighten your home with a fresh coat of paint. Not only will this help improve the look of your home, but it will give you a chance to make sure your siding is in top shape and replace any pieces that have been damage during the bad weather.
Speaking of which, it’s far easier to replace damaged or worn siding in Spring than in Winter. You can change the color of your home, upgrade to a more durable vinyl siding, or even change to a new material entirely, with HardiePlank fiber cement siding and Everlast polymeric cladding both offering the visual appeal of vinyl, but being far more durable over the long run.
Whether they’ve been damaged by inclement weather or they just don’t give you the energy efficiency that you’re hoping for, Spring is the time to swap out your old windows for newer ones since you won’t mind the temporary hole in your home while they’re being installed. “Replacing your home’s windows is one of the better investments in your home you can make,” Greg Paul, owner of Lonestar Siding & Windows, a provider of replacement windows in Richmond, VA said when asked about Spring projects.
“Between more durable products and Energy Star glass, whether you plan to stay in your home or sell it, it’s worth the time and money to replace your windows when you have the opportunity, especially in older homes.”
Add a Deck or Expand the One You Have
If you’re anything like me you enjoy spending time on your deck with family and friends when the weather is nice since you’ve been cooped up inside for months. If your home doesn’t already have a deck, now is the perfect time to have one added to your home, a great spot for entertaining and grilling. If your home does have one and it’s just not big enough, having it expanded can take a space that’s just big enough for a grill and turn it into a spot to entertain friends and family alike.
Nobody likes to have their roof leaking, and if you have severe roofing issues you should absolutely tackle those as soon as possible, not waiting for Spring. However, Spring is a good time to have a roofing expert check your home to make sure there wasn’t any damage during the Winter and to have it repaired or replaced while the weather is nice so that you’ll be ready for any inclement weather in the future.
If a deck isn’t in your home’s future, adding a patio to your home is another home improvement project that’s perfect for Spring as you can have it added and ready to use for entertaining as you move deeper into Spring and Summer. Patios can feature poured cement, brick, or stone depending on what look you’re going for and what is most cost effective for your budget. Consult with your home improvement expert to find out which option is best for you.