With the approach of winter comes an end to outdoor time, hours of sunshine, and the home improvement season. But there is still a little time, if you have unfinished projects that you want to complete before the cold weather settles in, or even start before it’s too late. Some you can’t afford not to do, if you have certain damage in your home. Here are the home improvement projects you should complete before winter starts!
The last thing you want when the snow comes is a leaky or damaged roof. If you are at all troubled by the state of your roof, or feel that it’s time for an update, then do not wait for next summer to get it done. Roofing work gets harder, if not impossible to do once the winter hits, so get it done now before it’s too late. Your roof is your first line of defense against the snow, and making sure the roof is capable of handling the weight and moisture of snow cover is essential for preparing your home for the wintertime.
If you have any plans to repaint the exterior portions of your house, then get those done before the temperatures drop. Painting when it is nice and warm out is a whole lot easier than when it is freezing. Not to mention, if your exterior paint is chipping or peeling, then the added strain of cold weather and snow can make your paint situation all the worse next year—leaving you with even more work when the warm weather finally returns. So get out there and put a few extra coats of paint on, protecting your exterior from further winter damage.
Once the snow is on the ground to stay, it can make repairing or replacing your driveway completely impossible. So before the snow gets bad, and ice cakes your driveway, you should do any repair work necessary on it. Leaving your driveway with cracks or other damage into the wintertime can lead to more damage as the snow and ice freeze and melt. Having a well paved and sealed driveway can help alleviate winter damage to your driveway, and make it easier to maintain for years to come.
If you are thinking about hardscaping your backyard, then you’ll want to get it done as soon as possible before winter starts. Hardscaping your backyard can be a great way to add value to your home, and provide more livable space for you and your family to lounge in the great outdoors. But once the winter weather hits, hardscaping work has to wait for the better weather to return.
If you want a patio ready when spring rolls around but aren’t sure about your budget, you should consider using concrete to construct a new patio surface. Using concrete is usually cheaper and lower maintenance than hardscaping in your backyard. If you get your hardscaping done properly now, then you will have a beautiful backyard already to enjoy when the snow melts away.
If your fence is falling apart, or you are thinking about putting up a fence for the first time, then make sure to get it done before the winter starts. Once cold and freezing temperatures settle in as the normal, digging holes in the ground for your fence posts will get difficult or impossible without great effort. And if your fence is struggling to keep itself up, then leaving it to handle the snow and ice of winter time is not the best idea. The freezing and thawing will likely loosen its hold in the ground further, and can cause more damage to wooden fences. If you need to repair or replace your fence, then doing it before winter is a good idea.
Properly insulating your home will help your family stay warm and cozy indoors, as well as help you lower your energy bill due to reduced heating demands. Be sure to check for damaged or missing pieces of insulation wherever you can. Insulation should be replaced every so often, and having damaged or missing insulation can result in a huge heat leak during the colder months of the year. You should always prioritize home improvement projects that will have the most benefit in winter during the end of the fall months so that you can enjoy the benefits as quickly as possible, and get them done before it is too late.
Cleaning the gutters is never a fun home improvement task, but one that still needs to be accomplished. If you haven’t cleaned out your gutters recently, then it is time to do it before winter hits. Leaves, sticks, nuts, debris, rain, mud, and all other sorts of gunk get trapped up there over the course of the year. If you leave all of that sitting in your gutters, it’s going to freeze, and thaw, mold, and change over time leaving you with a bigger mess come spring and summer. Do yourself a favor and get it cleared out now before the snow and ice come.
The last thing you want to deal with when the winter comes is a broken down furnace. Get on top of it now and check it to make sure it is working properly and there are no repairs or maintenance issues that need to be taken care of. Change the filters on your furnace, and make sure you are doing routine maintenance to keep your furnace in tip top shape.
There are always home improvement projects lined up to take care of. But when transitioning seasons, it is always important to prioritize the improvements you need done before the weather changes. Winter is definitely not the exception, and you should make sure any pressing items on this list are taken care of before the cold weather is here to stay!
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