Spring is here, and it’s time to start planning your home improvements so that you can relax and enjoy the summer. The following are some ideas for specific things you can do to not only protect and secure your home through the fall and winter, but also to increase your Madison Park home’s value.
Upgrade Windows: Many homes in Madison Park are older construction and don’t have the eco-friendly and energy-efficient upgrades that new construction have. If your home still has single-paned windows or poor quality dual-paned ones, it’s definitely time for an upgrade. Some window types to consider include insulated windows that improve energy efficiency, gas-filled windows that improve thermal resistance, or windows with low-e coating to prevent heat transfer in or out.
Chimney Inspection & Waterproofing: If you have a working fireplace, you should really have your chimney inspected once each year. It’s very hard to tell whether your system is damaged or there’s a build up of creosote (read: fire hazard) unless you’re a chimney professional. Chimney damage is best repaired during the spring and summer months because the job requires dry conditions, so for Madison Park homes, you’ll want the inspection sooner rather than later to allow optimal time for repairs before service providers are booked up for the season.
Replace the Roof: This may not apply for some, but spring and summertime are the most ideal seasons for roof replacement in the Seattle area to maximize work time and get the job done sooner, without waiting for the rain to stop. Replacing your roof in the warm and dry time of year also minimizes the chance of moisture damage to your sub-roof. Even if your roof doesn’t need replacement, it might be time for a good cleaning.
Give Your Yard a Facelift: Spring is all about planting and reviving the life in your green spaces, and there’s no better time to enhance your home’s curb appeal as well as create some new outdoor living spaces than this season. Whether it’s some basic landscaping to create some more interest from a boring grassy backyard, to adding a firepit area or outdoor kitchen, the options abound!
Test Your Home’s Air Quality: Even if you don’t have noticeable presence of mold, there are other particles or odors that can cause mild to severe health problems for you and your family if they are left untreated. Have your home’s indoor air quality tested to ensure the most healthy environment for you and your loved ones.