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Simple home improvement projects to get ready for warm weather

Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12:00:41 PM

Many areas of the country have already experienced unseasonable heat. With spring well on its way, it may help for homeowners to turn their attention to preparing their homes for the warm weather of summer. Here are a few simple home improvement projects to consider as we gear up for the changing of the seasons:

Updated and upgrade your windows
Regardless of the season, old, improperly sealed windows are expensive. In extreme heat or cold, older windows can allow the warm or cool air in your home to escape - driving up your utility bills. Replacing outdated, leaky windows in the long run could save you a significant amount of money over the summer.

Install ceiling fans
While AC units may cool your home fast, the amount of energy they use can get pricey. Instead, why not opt for something that will cool your home the old fashioned way? Ceiling fans cool a room very effectively and consume far less electricity than AC units. Even better, you can reverse the rotation of fans to push warm air down towards the floor to keep your home cool at night. 

Redo your driveway
All the salt, snow and other elements are likely to have done a number on your driveway pavement. Before sometimes times, take a look to see if you notice and prominent cracks, loose stones or sinkholes on your driveway. While smaller cracks may be a relatively simple DIY job, more problematic issues may requiring the hiring of a professional. Either way, you want to fix any smaller issues before they turn into larger - and more expensive - problems.

Pest-proof your home
With the summer comes new life - particularly pests like insects and vermin. Before these pests have time to start making nests in your home, call an exterminator to schedule an inspection. With special treatment, they can make sure your home doesn't welcome bugs and mice.

Power-wash your exterior walls
In the wintertime, grime and dirt have a tendency to build up on the outside surfaces of a home. While the cold may make it less than appealing to stand outside and scrub, warmer weather combined with rentable pressurized power-washers means that you can restore the original shine to your siding - as well as fight mold and mildew growth.

Check fencing
Particularly if you have wooden fences or fence posts, the cold wet winter weather may have caused them to rot or loosen. Make a quick trek around your fenceline, checking to see if there are any posts that might need to be resecured or replaced. 

If you find that you have a few projects lined up to get ready for summer, consider contacting your local bank for information about home improvement loans and financing options.