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Getting Your Home Fit for Spring

Spring is a great time to plan for fixing up and repairing your home. You may be planning some renovations or just a few “to do’s” to keep your home in good repair. Although houses can sometimes seem like “money pits”, with a little planning it is possible to get started on some of those “to do’s” and meet your budget. Whether you have $100 saved or $500, doing a few fix-ups can make a big difference. Here’s how to get started.

  1. Know your home
    Do a “tour” of your house, inside and out. Assess what needs to be done, as well as what you would like to do, big and small.
  2. Budgeting
    Make a budget. Decide how much you can afford to spend this spring.
  3. Planning
    Now, list what has to be done this spring, what could wait until fall and what is a long-term plan according to your budget.
  4. Start saving
    Put aside the money you’ll need so by the time you have to pay the bills, the money is already in your bank account. Even $20 a week will add up quickly!
  5. Think Green
    There are many “green” products for your home. Energy efficient windows, doors, furnaces, air conditioners, toilets, taps etc. can save you a lot of money in energy costs and in government rebates. Going green is not just socially responsible, it will pay off in the future.
  6. Getting the right people for the right job
    Decide what you can do yourself, what you can hire a student to do, and what needs a professional contractor.
  7. Avoiding Pit Falls
    Get 2-3 quotes for those larger jobs. Don’t just consider the price but the cost for your return – be realistic. It is a good idea to get one or two references from the contractor and follow up on them.
  8. Looking for deals
    Make a list of the supplies you need and look for sales! Many of the building outlets will price match their competitors and give you an even lower price.
  9. Roll up the sleeves
    Start your projects!

The Spring House Check

What to check Outside:
❑ Eaves troughs that drip
❑ Broken steps
❑ Painting: Front door, fence, trim
❑ Loose shingles on roof
❑ Dead or dying trees or bushes
❑ Rusted door hardware or mail box

What to check Inside:
❑ Rooms to paint
❑ Cracked window panes
❑ Lights that don’t work
❑ Dripping faucets
❑ Appliances that aren’t working properly
❑ Air filters that need cleaning or replacing
❑ Carpets with stains