Winter is coming in fast and we’re all starting to look at how we can prepare our homes for the harsh weather to come. We are also trying to limit our spending, and we are more environmentally conscious than ever, so we could all use a little support when we are doing work on our new home.
Take A Deep Breath
Ask yourself what you want your home to look like in six months’ time. Make a detailed list of all the improvements that you want to make. Create a timetable for each of the improvements and identify what is feasible. Draw up a budget that you can afford. Set a firm deadline for the end of work. Research local contractors if you need one. Be clear with them on your budget and your timetable.
Plan For The Weather
Research the local weather conditions in the area that you are moving to. Remember that extreme weather events are on the rise across the nation and that you need to prepare for events such as the ice storm in Texas earlier this year. Find out if your home already has the proper insulation and double glazing you need for the colder weather. Consider insulating your pipes if your area is prone to hard frosts.
Give Yourself Wiggle Room In Your Budget
Start saving now to avoid running into financial difficulty. Identify any costs in your monthly budget that you can cut. Talk to your home loan provider about refinancing your loan to free up some extra cash. Remember that this will consolidate your debt under a better interest rate. Visit the Home Loan Expert to find out more about refinancing and other mortgage options.
Talk to your contractor about using recycled materials to cut down on your carbon footprint. Use LED lightbulbs on your project as they create less waste energy. Look for new appliances for your bathroom and kitchen because they have a better energy rating. Make sure that you dispose of any waste materials carefully and that you recycle as much as you can.
Ask a friend or family member to help you if you are doing any home renovation or construction work by yourself. Find out where your wiring and piping is before you start any new project. Switch off and unplug any appliances that are in your workspace. Buy proper protective equipment, including gloves, boots, and safety goggles. Keep your work area clean and clear to avoid any accidents. Call a professional if your work is going to involve moving or replacing appliances that use gas.