January may be cold, but it’s also full of possibilities. With the new year upon us, it’s time that we start those checklists again and get to work on ourselves and on our homes. Here are 8 things you should do to give your home some TLC in January.
Time to protect your pipes from freezing. Did you know that frozen pipes can burst, which typically leads to very expensive repairs? And we all know that a trip to warmer climate is a great thing to do this time of year, but before you do, be sure to have someone set your water to a trickle in your house. This helps to prevent your pipes from freezing. And if you haven’t done so yet, you may want to consider insulating any exposed outdoor pipes.
Time to test your smoke alarms. This should be done monthly, but if you haven’t done this lately now is a good time. This is very important during the winter due to the use of heaters, etc. Be sure to use the test button on each device. If a device needs new batteries, be sure to get them changed. If it needs replaced, then it’s best that you find out this way than the alternative. The same steps could be taken for a carbon monoxide detector.
Bring some light into your home. Did you know that the amount of light you get in your home can actually improve your mood? That is why it is important to have more light during these winter months. You should also consider decorating with bright colors for a brighter look. This can even look good in the summer months. Let us know if we can assist you in remodeling to brighten up your home!
Check/create your home plan. The year has just begun, and what better time to plan out the way you want your home to look. If you are considering getting remodeling done, then now is the time to plan. You should also take into consideration your decorating plans. This can save you a boat load of time when it’s time to change those decorations!
It’s time to check on your homes exterior. After each winter storm, it is always a good idea to inspect your home for issues with paneling, downed trees, or other forms of damage.
Test your sump pump. Now is a great time to test your sump pump as excess snow can allow for a lot of water to build up in your basement. Slowly pour a few gallons of water into the hole to be sure the pump turns on. These typically last 10 years, but you don’t want to be caught without one.
Clear your porch and entry of snow. This is because snow and mud can damage your entryway floors. A great idea is to place mats both outside your entryway door and inside.
Change your fan settings. If you have ceiling fans, this is a good time to switch them to run in reverse (clockwise). This will push the heated air down.