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5 Home Improvement Projects to Do Before The Snow Falls

Icicles on windowExperts are projecting major snow falls in Vermont and New Hampshire this winter. You may be thinking about what interior projects you want to tackle  in the coming months, but there’s still time to tackle a few exterior projects that will protect your home during a harsh winter and ensure your home looks its best come spring!

Whether you plan to sell your home in the spring or want to live there for the next 20 years, these projects will pay off.

1. Replace Windows – The weather may be colder but that doesn’t mean you can’t still replace the windows in your home. In fact, replacing windows now can save you on heating costs this winter. Not to mention the improved curb appeal and selling value of putting in brand new windows.

2. Trim Trees and Bushes – Cold weather is a great time to hire a tree trimming company. When the ground is frozen they have an easier time of reaching the intended area with heavy equipment. It is important to trim trees before the winter to avoid having branches and trees fall on your home during storms. Additionally, your yard will look better cared for come spring.

3. Fertilize and Weed – Gardening season may be over but there is a lot you can do to make sure your grass and gardens have the best shot after the snow melts. Take time now to fertilize trees, shrubs and grass. The last minute fuel helps them survive the cold temperatures. You will also want to clear all weeds and leaves away from your garden plots. Leaves and weeds can suffocate your perennials and prevent them from coming up next year.

4. Upgrade your Heating System – If your heating system is old, a new one could save you 30%-40% on heating costs. Not to mention the tax credits that may be available for a qualifying upgrade.  If your system doesn’t need to be replaced there are still several things you can do to make sure your system is performing well and help you save money on your heating costs. These tips from Simple Energy NH can help!

5. Improve your Entrance – According to an article on This Old House, people make a decision about a home 7 seconds after entering. That means a beautiful front door and curb appeal go a long way. Fall and winter is a great time of year to upgrade your front door and entry way. A new door that is well insulated can help keep the heat in this winter and come spring you’ll have great curb appeal if you decide to sell.

Many people wait for spring and summer for their remodeling projects but contractors are typically their busiest at this time. Tackling a few of these projects in the fall and winter will give you immediate satisfaction and protect your home from harsh winter storms. Your contractor may even reward you with better pricing for projects scheduled in the off season.

If you’re considering selling your home in the spring real estate market you still have plenty of time to get things done before you list! Spring is a busy time for buying and selling homes. At Title Mortgage we encourage our clients to take the stress out of spring by organizing their financial documentation, completing a mortgage application and scheduling home updates over the winter before listing their home in the spring and buying a new one.