It’s the end of one year, and another is about to begin. Start the year off on the right foot by giving your home maintenance projects top priority! New Year’s resolve can quickly fade away… But if you make a list of monthly to-dos and tackle them one at a time, you won’t lose track of those all-important home maintenance resolutions.
There are a handful of simple home maintenance tasks that should be completed each year. They are simple to do, minimal cost, and can help you save big money on costlier repairs down the road.
So, if you’re getting cabin fever this winter, get outside and give your home some TLC!
Here are 5 home maintenance resolutions to keep this year:
1) Apply Fresh Paint
It’s always a good time for an interior painting project, so select some fabulous colors this winter and start improving your home!
Painting is an inexpensive way to improve your home’s value, aesthetic appeal. It can also help protect your walls from dirt and moisture, which may lead to bigger headaches later.
Go for broke and select a bold color to paint an accent wall in your living room. Or add dimension to your bedroom by painting the ceiling. You’re only limited by your creativity and imagination.
2) Check Your Insulation
Attic or basement insulation protect your home’s heating system from strain and overuse by keeping heat inside during the winter, and out during the summer.
A quick and easy check-up on your home’s insulation can lower energy bills and prevent costlier repairs to your home’s furnace or heating system. Look for sagging or missing insulation, or signs of insect or rodent damage. Because of the dangers involved with laying new insulation (harmful chemicals and substances to breath), we recommend hiring an insulation replacement specialist to make these repairs.
3) Protect Entryway Floors
Take it from FamilyHandyMan.com: all the elements of nature can wreak havoc on your entryway floors, including rain, snow, mud, and ice. Moisture and muck not only looks awful, it can destroy hardwood floors over time, leading to costly repairs.
So, how do you protect your floors from the mess? “Place mats both inside and outside the door, along with boot trays inside the entryway. And make sure your mudroom is ready with a place to dry wet jackets, hats, mittens and gloves.”
4) Get Ahead of Ice Dams
Ice dams form when the edges of a house’s roof is colder than the rest of the roof, causing ice to form around the eaves. Snow melts above, and the melted snow backs up behind a “dam” of ice, potentially causing leaks and permanent damage to the roof and home — if you’ve ever experienced an ice dam on your roof-line, you know what a nightmare it can be!
Here’s what Houzz.com recommends if you notice the beginnings of an ice dam:
- Carefully remove snow and ice if possible without damaging roof and gutters.
- If you have heat cables, turn them on. Heat cables cannot prevent or fully remove ice dams, but can melt enough of the ice to create a channel for water to flow out, preventing some damage.
5) Maintain Your Hot Water Tank
Yearly maintenance of your hot water tank can improve performance, meaning more hot water when you need it, and less waiting for hot water to replenish. It can also help prevent expensive repairs (or even replacement) later.
Flush your hot water tank to remove sediment to save on the cost of replacing the entire hot water tank down the road. You can also wrap an older hot water tank with an insulating blanket to help conserve energy (and save you money). And these blankets prevent hot water heaters from losing heat in cold rooms and closets.
6) Keep Driveways and Walkways Clear of Snow & Ice
Keeping your driveway and walkways clear from snow and ice accumulation from each winter storm serves a dual-purpose. It prevents slips and falls, and allows for easy access by vehicles. But it also prevents excess moisture from seeping into the small cracks of your driveway or walkway and doing greater damage when it expands into ice. This moisture could potentially cause damage, resulting the need to repave your driveway or walkway prematurely.
Try removing the snow with easy-push shovels to save your back from strain (check out new snow and ice removal tools available at GNH). Then add a sprinkle of salt or ice-melt to help the moisture evaporate when the sunshine returns.
As you go about the process of maintaining your home and property, don’t forget that the experts at GNH Lumber are happy answer your questions, offer guidance and provide time-saving tips! If you need winter gloves, snow shovels or window insulation, we have many items on SALE every month. CLICK HERE to view our web sales page, and check back often for new deals.
Sources: “27 Tasks for Your Winter Home Maintenance Checklist”, FamilyHandyMan.com; “Your Winter Home Maintenance Checklist”, Houzz.com.