January feels like a cold, bleak month but it can also be the best time to start fresh. Get started with some tips for how best to winterize a home by clearing space, boosting warmth and setting goals for the year ahead.
Frozen pipes can burst and cost a lot of money in repairs. Be sure to insulate outdoor pipes. While away from home, have a friend or neighbor check for any issues and make sure the shut-off valve is easily accessible in the event of a burst pipe.
Ice dams are areas of built-up ice which may accumulate around the roof line, causing leaks when snow begins to melt. Rake the snow off after each storm or break up existing dams to prevent further damage.
Heavy coatings of snow on tree limbs can cause breakage which may be dangerous, particularly if branches are located above a home. A broom or rake can gently knock snow off branches following a storm.
When heaters and wood fires kick in, it helps to make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. Use a test button to determine functionality and change batteries as needed.
Food can go bad when it sits in the pantry too long. Wipe out shelves, clean up and go through the fridge and freezer to make sure it is all fresh and clean. Refreshing spaces will be helpful for health resolutions.
Closets accumulate alot of excess clothes and items which get forgotten about. Start fresh by clearing out anything that no longer fits and donate other items no longer in use.
Get refreshed play spaces by adding a few new items to set the stage for little ones to play and enjoy time indoors when it is too cold to play outside.
It can be a great time of year to think ahead to remodeling the kitchen, bath, adding or taking away paint and furniture. Think about some favorite places to get inspired either online or on television. Start contacting professionals who can provide free consultations to make the projects a reality.
This may also be the time to consider whether the existing space is a good fit or if another space would be better and start the search for a home (or vacation property) which can become a home away from home.
Choice Properties has award-winning real estate agents ready to assist you with your needs when it comes to searching for that perfect property. Call us to find out how to get started on finding that vacation or permanent home of your dreams.