pre-winter prep…
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Winter Prep

Summer has come and gone and now, with cooler days approaching, is the perfect time to tackle a few home improvement projects. Why now? With mild weather, it’s no strain to keep your house open while you paint, saw and hammer. And if your project is outside, late summer and early fall usually provide ample sunny days with mild temperatures, perfect for getting those outdoor projects completed.Winter prep – now is the time to get the jump on cold weather. A few moments and dollars spent now can help reduce your energy use over the winter months. Now is the perfect time to install insulated, double-pane windows, or at the very least, check and replace caulking and seals on your old windows. While you’re at it, do the same for your doors and take advantage of cooler days to lay down an extra layer of insulation in your attic.

Now is the time to get your furnace and fireplaces cleaned and serviced. You’ll get faster service now than when the company is busy handling emergencies once winter starts, and having a clean, properly functioning system is also more energy efficient. Oh, and if you had problems with your air conditioner all summer, the end of the season is a great time to find deals on upgrades and replacements.

Enjoy the sunny days of fall by having your roof inspected for leaks, loose shingles and other problems and have them taken care of before the weather gets messy.

We’ve been talking about painting a lot lately, and for good reason. Even with low- and no-VOC paints, it’s a good idea to provide plenty of ventilation while painting. Which means these pleasant days that require no air conditioning or heater are perfect to throw the house open wide and start painting the house red.

The mellow weather also makes exterior painting a breeze and better quality. Steady temps lead to more even drying of your paint, which means the color will be more consistent over your whole project.

Enjoy the mild, pleasant weather of late summer and early fall and use it to your advantage.

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