[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Home Projects: How to Prevent Being Overwhelmed: We all know that owning a home means constantly do projects around the house. If you purchased a home that doesn’t require any major home projects and improvements, you are lucky.
Still, we have smaller improvements around the house all year round, and the list is always growing.
As a professional organizer and Stager, working in the Tri State Area for more than 15 years, I help my clients to find the best possible solutions for their home or office. Home organizing is also helping clients to manage projects the best possible way. Very often, together with my client, we create a list of home projects that we want to tackle. Planning is crucial!
Very often, my clients asks me to recommend a general contractor or other businesses for upcoming projects they desire to finish. I know a lot of them and choose best ones for my clients.
Once you become a homeowner, the number of things you need (or want) to improve increases exponentially. There’s always something to be done. But certain times of year are better to tackle specific projects, whether your goal is to save money or sanity. Not sure where to begin? I will help you to create the list so that you can be more organized and be less stressed with everything that is going on around your home and life as well.
As my favorite book: ‘”The One Thing” states, focus on thing only. That means one project at the time. Organizing your projects the right way will allow you to stay focus during the process.
Of course, when you hire someone to renovate your home, the company usually has everything under control and you have no choice but trust them with their expertise and creating best results for your home.
January: Clean your carpets and rugs
I advise my clients on putting new carpeting or cleaning them during the winter time when most people spend the majority of their time indoors. As a plus, the lack of humidity during the winter months allows moisture to evaporate quickly so wet carpets dry faster. And a clean carpet provides a healthier and better-smelling home, which is especially important during the winter.
February: Paint your home
Winter is a perfect time to do project inside the house but you can enjoy it all year round. If you’re hiring someone to paint for you, winter is a good time to do it. You’re likely to get a much better price than you’d get during the spring and summer when many people book exterior painting jobs. Again, there is less humidity in your home and that really helps with paint drying faster.
March: Clean your gutters
As we springtime into spring time, we know that it is time for outside projects to begin. Clogged gutters, which do an ineffective job of directing runoff away from your home’s foundation, which can lead to water issues in a basement or other parts of a house. All that moisture can cause major foundation problems. Depending on your gutters (and whether you have overhanging trees), you may need to tackle this task more than once a year.
April: Refinish your hardwood floors
If you’ve discovered hardwoods beneath your new home’s carpeting, wait until spring to complete this labor-intensive but trans formative task. My brother always tells me that during summer and humid months it’s not the best for floors to be installed.Wood expands during summer months and shrinks during winter. If you wait until it’s really hot out, the finish can cure too quickly and the sheen might not dry properly, which leads to a glossy, uneven finish.
May: Buy a new refrigerator
Although most large appliances go on sale later in the year, refrigerators have their moment in May, in preparation for the summer. To make room for that new inventory, the older versions usually go on sale, which can mean big discounts for consumers. Want even more savings? Consider energy efficiency (look for the Energy Star certification) and ask if you can buy the floor model. Don’t forget to haggle!
June: Freshen up your exterior
Now’s the time to wash your windows (or pay someone to do it), power-wash your siding, and install screens in your windows. Before you power-wash, be sure that all your weatherstripping and caulking is secure (and your windows are closed). Otherwise, you risk shooting the cleaning liquid into your house.
July: Fertilize your lawn
“Your lawn needs a solid four to six fertilization applications throughout the year to keep it healthy and growing,” based on my lanscaper. Fertilizing in July will give your lawn the vitamins and nutrients it needs to get through the rest of the hot summer months. Also, this midsummer application helps to prevent weeds from germinating — setting you up for less weed pulling in the fall.
August: Paint your home’s exterior
The best time to paint your home’s exterior is when temperatures remain consistent from day to day and don’t drastically dip overnight. “The real key is “to work your way around the house so that you’re always painting in the shade.” First, map out what time of day the sun hits each side of your home, then paint accordingly.
September: Replace your windows
Caulk adheres better when the temperaturze is between 40 and 80 degrees, so those glorious days of late summer and early fall are an ideal time to replace your windows. Plus, when the cold weather does hit, new windows will keep the heat where it belongs — inside your house.
October: Buy new appliances
Big-ticket appliances such as stoves, washing machines, and dishwashers debut their newest models around this time of year. That frequently means deep discounts on the old ones. Some retailers will even start their holiday sales early. Double savings!
November: Remodel your bathroom
Contractors are entering their slow season this month, so they’re more willing to jump on a small project and get it done quickly.
December:Build a deck, steps or finish a walkway
Many general contractors are super busy during from February until November. You’ll probably get a good deal, because some builders will be winding down for the winter. But adding a deck or steps onto your house when it’s cold out makes sense from a building perspective too. December is less humid, so if you’re using pressure-treated wood, it’ll dry more consistently and evenly. Also, the hot sun won’t beat down on it, which can cause warping and cracking.
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