As spring quickly approaches and our properties begin to thaw out, you may be looking forward to working on your home's exterior: but the best time is actually before spring. When the ground is frozen, and there are fewer insects in the air, this is the perfect time to get a start on creating the ideal summer property.
These are the best changes everyone should make to ensure their property is ready for another amazing year.
Updating Your Storage for Supplies and Machinery
Many of us treat our garages as our only chance for storage: but as long as you have more land, there's room for storage. To get more use out of this storage, a great option is to look into large shed kits. Sheds can look stylish, fitting in with the aesthetic of your house without having to be physically built onto it.
Before building, consider how much storage you need, and be sure to add a little extra space so that you can grow into it. Some try to limit how large their sheds are, in fear of growing clutter: but it's better to have extra room than to run out right after building it.
Getting Your Roof Replaced Before the Rush
Spring and summer are the heaviest seasons for roof replacements, mostly because many don't realize this is a service you can have performed year-round. Unfortunately, this leads to long wait times and rushes in the spring and summer, which can make getting this service performed more stressful than it needs to be.
Instead, look into long-lasting roofing materials, like slate roofing, and try to get it installed before the first green sprouts of spring come in. This will save you from worrying about the lines and give you a chance to get it out of the way so people aren't having to work on something so major when you'd rather be working on the green aspects of your property in the spring.
Designing and Laying Hardscaping For Your Property
Hardscaping, or creating paths, walls, or designs with manmade features, has become a major part of property design in recent years. Homeowners are realizing it's an awesome way to divide their lawns into usable portions and even create pathways. Unfortunately, when you lay this in the summer months, you have to deal with plant life, animal life, and everything else that can get in the way. However, when the ground is still frozen in the spring, you can take your time and lay things more purposefully.
Although hardscaping isn't the only way to divide up your lawn in an appealing way, it's a great option for anyone who wants it!
Adding Gorgeous Details to Your Landscape
Details can make or break a home. Some of the best pieces in the landscape are structures like pergolas or functional areas like rain gardens that will absorb any extra moisture from your property. Take the time to plan what you want your garden to look like in spring and summer so that in the winter, you can create the blocks that it will grow from.
Even adding a gondola or a space for growing edible plants can be a fantastic way to spend your winter so that the soil, or location, is ready once the ground thaws.
Digging Up Any Plants You Don’t Like
It's not uncommon for people to want to dig up plants they don't like in their lawns. Unfortunately, in the summer doing this can lead to dealing with insects, endless leaves and weeds, and everything that makes it something that you'll procrastinate on for as long as possible. So instead, taking on these problematic plants while they're dormant and the ground is more solid is a great way to get them out of the way.
Whether this means cutting out a century plant that needs to be removed or removing a raspberry bramble that takes over your property every spring, taking care of it in the winter can stop it from being a problem in warmer months.
Updating Portions Of Your Property That Leave Insulation At Risk
Insulation is vital to ensure the interior of a property is safe from insect life, moisture, sound, and temperature fluctuations, so we must do everything we can to protect this portion of our properties. To do this, check that your soffit panels, siding, and roof are all in fantastic shape.
Watch how rain falls around your property to ensure it's not standing too close to the house since this can sink into some insulation and cause mold or rot. If you notice any part of your home is open to exposing your insulation: take care of it quickly.
Your Home’s Exterior Is Vital to its Interior
Although some mistakenly assume that any work on a home's exterior is automatically going to be strictly aesthetic, it's important to realize the work you do to your property's outsides affects the interior as well. So from updating your roof to designing a property that doesn't allow standing water, take the time to create a property you'll be proud of!
Andrea Erickson is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the real estate industry. Andrea is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.