As the New Year approaches, it’s common practice to think back on our lives, and make promises to ourselves or others for the future. Even if you’re not into making New Year’s resolutions, you can still make a commitment to start the year out right by tackling at least two or more home repairs that are on your to-do list.
If you don’t already have a to-do list, then it’s time to finally write things down. This will help to prioritize your projects and consolidate similar ones. For instance, you may need a new electrical outlet added in one room, and also need a light fixture replaced in your bathroom. An electrician can handle both tasks at one time, saving you money.
Take a few moments to look around each room. Note any items that are obvious fix-its, like corner cracks in drywall, doors that stick or peeling caulk around the bathtub. Try focusing on just one room at a time if you’re on a limited budget, or ask your home repair contractor about a payment plan. There are many inexpensive ways to change a room aesthetically (new paint, new faucets) without undertaking an entire kitchen remodeling project.
Don’t Forget the Outside
Safety concerns like a crumbling step on your front entrance or loose deck railing should be addressed as soon as the weather allows. Many exterior home repairs are easy to do yourself, like replacing a mailbox, reattaching a fallen piece of vinyl siding or getting new screens for your basement windows (i.e., bring the old ones to the hardware store and they’ll put in new ones for you!). Although you won’t be able to do any painting outside during the cold months, you can still choose the new paint color for your shutters and trim, so that you’ll be ready to begin when warmer weather arrives in the spring.
Do-it-yourself doesn’t mean you can’t call in reinforcements when necessary. We’ve all dove head first into a DIY home improvement project, full of confidence, only to run into unexpected problems or find that we’re in over our heads. Rather than spending days or weeks contemplating your dilemma, ask a professional handyman for an evaluation and estimate. It may not cost as much as you think to have your project completed.
To get started on your home repair projects, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.