3 Tips to Protect Your Home Before Winter

Most of us have had a strange summer with unusual weather. What will happen this winter is anyone’s guess. For the last few years, here in central Florida, the summers are much hotter and the winters are colder. This month fall begins, and in the next few months temperatures will lower in most areas. Before winter snow and ice hits your home, you have time to quickly evaluate your home’s protection against the elements. Our homes are probably the most significant investments most of us make in our lives. Many of us have monthly mortgage payments. If you’re like me, you also know your house is your biggest debt as well as asset. Take time this month to inspect your home’s exterior for potential problems this winter. Snow storms are not the time to make repairs.

Here are 3 tips to protect your home before deep freezes hit.

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Small Home Changes Can Make a Big Impact

We all have a wish list for our homes. Last week I shared my search for inspiration for small changes in my living room. I find that I do best by planning changes over months to even a year or two. I have to plan and budget for big ticket items. Sometimes I see a small need and try to find a solution in a shorter time line. I think of it as part of home maintenance. Below the addition of the bar adds so much storage space to the kitchen.

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February Home Update: New A/C Installed

We all need to maintain our homes (if we own them) and even periodically make major purchases to replace items like roofs, furnaces and central air.  Besides the minor updates that can come up yearly, I try to plan ahead for the major items.  Back in 2018, in January I had the soffits replaced and in February I had a new roof installed.  Before that I had the roof inspected yearly for about 5 years as it aged and repaired as need. I wanted to replace it before the inside was affected by any major leaks.

 

 

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Getting Your Home Ready for Spring Thaw

Nothing beats the first time you see the crocus or daffodils poking from the earth. It’s like a constant reminder of how the world keeps turning.  This year has seen us all grasping at these first signs of better days. Yes, spring is finally around the corner, and it’s time that we all started getting our homes ready for the change in pace. 

 

 

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Fall Maintenance Tips & Checklist With Autumn Bucket List

It is hot and steamy here in Florida, and I’ve been staying inside and keeping busy with projects and home maintenance.  There are some things that I do each fall like changing filters, checking batteries in smoke detectors, CO monitor, etc.  Because it’s so hot, I’m starting early this year.  Depending on where you live in the country, most folks  probably have a couple of months of good weather left before the temperature drops. That means now is a great time to create a plan and take some precautions in getting ready for the new season.  Living in Florida, I don’t have to do a lot of autumn prevention like up north.  When I lived in Michigan, there was a longer list to protect and maintain equipment before the snows came.   Here are some basic tips for fall maintenance. I’m including a printable Fall Maintenance Checklist and Autumn Bucket List for fun. Some of these items may be done now, in September, or even October.  

 

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