Mary Myzia, Broker

Broker / CDPE

Finish Your To Do List During National Home Improvement Month


May is National Home Improvement Month and the perfect time to
tackle those home repairs or improvements that you have been putting off.
Consider the following home improvement ideas or home repair projects during
National Home Improvement Month:

Fix leaky faucets
• Not only can
leaky faucets be extremely annoying, they can waste up to 750 gallons of water
during the summer!
Address potential moisture problems

• Water-stained
walls can be the early signs of a greater moisture problem in your home that can
lead to damaged drywall and toxic mold. Get on top of this problem before it
costs you thousands of dollars to make replacements.

• Investigate the
attic for leaks and you could save yourself up to $5,000 on drywall and roof
repairs.

Reinstall weather stripping
• If you want to save some money
on your energy bills, reinstalling weather stripping could help by reducing the
amount of air leaks in your home. This can help you save an average of $80 on
air conditioning alone!

As far as your home's exterior is concerned, here
are a few projects that you should look into:

Painting
• A fresh coat
of paint is one of the best ways to refresh the look of your home and protect it
at the same time. But if these two reasons aren't enough for you, repainting
your home can do wonders for increasing your home's market value. May
temperatures are often ideal for exterior painting.

Repair damaged
window or door frames
• As with the weather stripping, replacing broken door
and window frames can help seal your home and provide better insulation. This is
also important for keeping out seasonal moisture, which can lead to toxic mold
growth.

Repair deck
• Making repairs to your deck is crucial before
the onset of summer. The last thing you want is to have a party in your backyard
only to have someone crash through a rotted deck plank or fall down the stairs
due to a weakened railing!

Clean out gutters
• Get rid of all the
debris that winter deposited into your gutters to avoid water damage and repairs
that could cost you up to $10,000.
May is the perfect month for general home
repairs and home improvements because it is generally the time of year when the
weather is most conducive to exterior home repairs. It is right after the severe
winter and the rainy spring, and before the high temperatures of summer.


The items listed above are general home repair ideas that should be made
to your home every year, or few years in the case of painting.

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Source: Handyman Connection

 

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