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Spring Fever Brings Home Renovation Ideas

With the warm February temperatures we are having, many people are getting outside and working around the yard.  That time outside gave many people a chance to think about Spring and Summer projects.  If one of those projects includes an addition to your home, you’ll want to start talking to your contractor now.

There is a lot of planning that goes into renovations and additions to your home.  Most projects will require architectural drawings that can take time to be prepared and approved by your local codes office.  It’s important to give enough time for preliminary items to get completed so projects can be started and/or completed on your timeline.

It’s important to remember also that contractor’s schedule starts getting busier when warmer weather hits.  Most contractors complete work in the order the contracts are signed.  So, getting your project planning started early, gives you a better chance of getting your work completed sooner than those who didn’t.

If you’re unsure what items will be required for your renovation project, contact your contractor.  They will guide you through the entire process and make sure you’re happy your renovation or addition.

Spring Cleanup and Repairs

springIt’s that time of year when the weather starts to get warmer and you can’t wait to get outside and begin cleaning up around your house.

As you walk around your property, be sure to take note of the condition of different areas of your home for any needed repairs or maintenance.  Are there any areas of your home that will need painted this Spring?  How does your siding and shingles look?

With the cold winter that will soon be leaving us, a lot of people have had issues with ice damming.  You may have thought those icicles hanging along the eaves of your house looked pretty.  However, they tend to cause problems because the same conditions that allow those icicles to form, also lead to ice dams.  An ice dam is a thick ridge of solid ice that builds up along the eaves of your house.  These ice dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles and can cause water to back up and come into your house.

The issues caused by ice damming could result in peeling paint, warped floors, stained and sagging ceilings.  You would probably also find soggy insulation in the attic, which would have lost its R-value and will become a magnet for mold and mildew.

You want to inspect your home thoroughly now that the weather is getting warmer so you can get ahead of any issues that may have been created from ice or winter weather in general.  Getting ahead of any issues now can prevent problems as a result of those Spring showers that are just around the corner.