When you think of home remodeling, your sights might be solely set on improving the form or function of a space or increasing your home’s resale value. As good of reasons to undergo a major home project as those may be, don’t underestimate the value some remodeling projects can have in keeping your house safe, secure, and stress-free.
As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is certainly the case when it comes to your home. It’s why regular maintenance and routine inspection of everything inside, outside, and surrounding your home is crucial in helping to avoid a major disaster. Remodeling projects focused on damage prevention can serve the same purpose, and because they tend to be of smaller size (and often requiring smaller budgets) than a major bathroom or kitchen renovation, the fall season is a great time to tackle them.
The following is a roundup of fall remodeling projects to help prevent home damage, while likely also saving you money in energy bills and increasing your comfort level.
You already know drafty windows likely mean you’re spending more money to heat and cool your home. It also causes your furnace to work overtime (and potentially shortening its life!). But those old panes may cause other home pains in the way of moisture. Leaking windows, or windows that are constantly wet due to condensation, can lead to rot both in the window structure and the surrounding wall. Caulking and weatherstripping may help minimize or eliminate the moisture issue. But if you can’t get ditch the damp, new windows could be a good investment in protection.
Appliances are supposed to make life easier, not put it at risk. However, old or malfunctioning appliances have the potential to cause fire or water damage. If your appliances are showing signs of wear and tear or simply not working as efficiently as they once did, and maintenance is no longer helpful, consider replacing the old units with ones that keep safety, not to mention energy savings, top of mind.
A home’s roof can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years, depending on the material used and weather conditions. No matter what its age, regular roof maintenance is key to getting as much life from your home’s overhead coverage, including replacing shingles and keeping gutters clear. Pushing a roof’s limits could lead to a lot of costly interior and exterior home damage. This kind of remodeling project is typically worth the money. Take into consideration mounting costs that could come from damage caused by a roof that doesn’t do its job.
A cold (not frozen-solid) ground can create stable conditions to tend to any issues with foundation. Including foundations with cracks, crumbling, or beginning to sag. The earlier you can address the issue the less damage your home may undergo. Avoid buckling walls, sinking floors, a wet basement, and warped ceilings and repair your foundation this fall.
Just about any remodeling project you do this fall season will be of benefit to your home. Choose projects that are less about aesthetics and more about protecting you and your property. The time and effort can equate to peace of mind.
Noticing that your property may have suffered water or mold damage while completing a fall remodeling project? Not to worry, our trained team of water damage and mold remediation experts are available 24/7 for emergency and non-emergency restoration and repairs. Don’t let damage sit over the winter either. This will only make for costlier repairs come spring, or worse a disaster to occur during the middle of winter!
A&J Property Restoration DKI provides disaster restoration services for homes, businesses, and commercial buildings around Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, and surrounding Dane County Wisconsin areas.