5 things you should do right now
There’s a slight chill in the air and you know what that means – winter is on its way.
As you conduct your annual autumn chores of raking leaves and putting away your swimsuits to make room for sweaters, take some time to focus on preparing your home for winter and beyond.
The following are some fall and winter home tasks to add to your to-do list:
Fix air leaks
Properly sealed and insulated windows and doors prevent moisture and cold air from getting into your home. Check for air leaks around windows and doorframes as well as wires, vents and pipes that enter the house from the outside. Caulk or apply weather stripping as needed to fill any cracks or openings you find.
Check your heating system
According to the United States Fire Administration, there are more home fires in the winter than any other season. December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires—the second leading cause of home fires, deaths and injuries. To reduce your risk of fire, have your heating system and your chimney professionally inspected. Also, test your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace their batteries. When it comes to safety, you can never be too prepared.
Patch drywall & paint
The fall is not only a smart time to prepare your home for cold weather. It’s also the time to think about sprucing up the interior of your home, especially if you are expecting guests for the holiday season. Giving a room a fresh coat of paint is a simple way to change the whole look of a space. With so many beautiful paint colors available, personalizing your room is easy…deciding on a color might not be!
Prior to painting, be sure to repair any cracks or holes in the drywall. Any sections of drywall that have very large holes or that are moldy or have been wet should be replaced completely.
Assess your home toolkit
Even if you are not a serious DIYer, every homeowner should have a collection of hand tools and power tools to tackle small repairs or tasks around the house. Save money by doing some simple jobs yourself.
Whether you want to hang up a picture, fix a leaky faucet, or assemble a chair, having a well-equipped home toolkit will help ensure that you have quick access to the tools required to complete your project. Do you have the basic tools you need?
Some tools to consider for your home toolkit include a drill, hammer, screwdriver and wrench sets, a hand saw, and nailer. When choosing your tools, look for premium brands such as Stanley, DEWALT, Bostitch® and Makita that manufacture quality products that will make your work easier.
A well-insulated home is crucial for the cold winter months. Adequate insulation will help you stay comfortable and make your home more energy efficient. If you need more insulation, don’t wait until you feel an icy breeze in your bedroom. Add spray foam insulation now to fill in gaps between wall and attic framing studs. You’ll keep frigid air out and your heating costs down.
These tips are a great starting point for everything from reducing energy usage to saving money. Begin checking things off your fall to-do list today!