10 Tips To Get Your Home Ready For This Winter

10 Tips To Get Your Home Ready For This Winter

10 Tips To Get Your Home Ready For this Winter Winter is coming and that doesn’t just mean we must look out for

White Walkers. Instead, homeowners in the DFW area must prepare for the winter season and the effects it may have on one’s home. These useful tips can help provide you with great insight and useful information to prepare your homes as the winter days approach.

 

1. STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES

This can be done well before winter weather threatens your home, and will save you from the crowded stores once a big storm is in the forecast. Plan to have a week’s worth of non-perishable food items, medicine, and water on hand. If you have pets, be sure to plan for their needs too! You may never need it, but if the power goes out and you’re stuck at home, you’ll be glad you prepared.

2. PROGRAM YOUR THERMOSTAT

Not only will this help maximize comfort in your home, it can save you up to $180 a year in heating costs. Some high-end thermostats are Wi-Fi-enabled and learn to optimize temperature based on activity when people are home. Set your thermostat for slightly lower temperatures when you are sleeping and gone for the day to maximize your savings.

3. DRAIN THE PIPES

Any outdoor plumbing is more susceptible to freezing and suffering damage. This includes draining all outdoor faucets and rolling any hoses up for indoor storage. Have the pipes for any in-ground sprinkler systems blown out and shut down for the season to prevent any issues once warmer weather comes back around.

4. CHECK THE SEALS

Leaky windows and doors can be a quick escape for heat in your house. Check and replace any weather stripping that is cracked or decayed. Additional drafts can usually be fixed with caulk. Wooden window frames that are starting to decay should be repaired or replaced to prevent additional winter damage.

5. CLEAR THE GUTTERS

If clogged gutters block rain and/or melting snow, you could end up with damage throughout the home. The backed up water can wreak havoc on your walls, foundation and landscaping. If a clogged gutter freezes in a cold snap it can pull away causing damage to the immediate area, including shingles.

6. CLEAN THE GARAGE

Cleaning your garage before winter helps tackle several important tasks. Tune up and store any summer tools, vehicles, and lawn equipment along with storing patio furniture. Use this time to also check the condition of any winter equipment, shovels, and salt you may need if a winter storm comes.

7. FLIP THE FANS

Ceiling fans throughout your home can be your friend in winter as much as they are in summer. Switch the direction they spin to force rising heat back downward instead of pulling it up and away. This is also a good time to clean any trapped dust before you send it flying into the air.

8. FINE-TUNE THE FURNACE

The start of winter is a great time to replace your furnace filter. A dirty filter will make your entire heating system work harder and could lead to other problems. Along with changing the filter, it is a good idea to have your entire heating system checked and tuned up before the coldest temperatures of the year hit.

9. LAY EXTRA INSULATION

Your attic and basement are typically major sources of heat loss in the home. Adding or supplementing existing insulation in these areas can help ensure more heat stays where you want it. If there are any windows in the attic or basement, consider using window film for added insulation on top of regular caulking and maintenance.

10. PREPARE YOUR FIREPLACE

If your home has a fireplace you know the luxury of a nice, warm fire during winter. Before lighting your first fire, check the flue for any potential problems and make sure the external portion of your chimneystack is free of damage. If your damper doesn’t close tightly, the chimney could quickly become a source for losing heat when you aren’t having a fire.

With these tips, you’ll be ready to take on any temperature and enjoy a cozy winter without breaking the bank. Proper winter preparation throughout your home will help prepare you for the worst winter storms, cold temperatures and prevent future problems. Share some of your other favorite tips with us and plan your winter preparation checklist- your family and home will be glad you did!

10 Tips To Get Your Home Ready For this Winter

Plano Home Remodeler Joseph & Berry Wins 2016 NARI Annual CotY Award

Joseph & Berry Remodel | Design Build, a prestigious luxury home remodeling firm based in Plano, Texas, helped their client recreate their cherished memories with an unforgettable bathroom remodel. As a result, the May-June, 2015 project helped Joseph & Berry earn a prestigious 2016 NARI annual CotY award.Joseph & Berry Wins 2016 NARI Annual CotY Award The CotY (Contractor of the Year) Awards are presented each year by NARI (National Association of The Remodeling Industry) to its members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. The 2016 program honors projects with a finish date between December 1, 2013 and November 30, 2015.

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Plano Home Remodeler Joseph & Berry Wins 2016 NARI Annual CotY Award

“We are extremely humbled and thrilled that NARI has deemed our remodeling project worthy of this esteemed reward,” said Joseph Tsedaka. “The bathroom remodeling project for which we were honored was all about resurrecting treasured memories for our client. Our bathroom owners had one wish on mind, to relive their magical far East honeymoon all over again each and every day.”

Joseph & Berry were able to successfully restore those colors, smells, and sensations based on the client’s visual memory since their honeymoon picture album was lost during various relocation over the years. They successfully stretched their materials and used a creative approach to make do with a challenge of $25,000.

“We were absolutely thrilled when they told us that we made their most intimate memory into reality because that was our main goal,” said Mr. Tsedaka. “We also created a relaxing gateway retreat in which they can start and finish their day, and created a unique room with local orientation for future resale success.”

 

Joseph & Berry initiated new construction to extend the client’s standing shower and maximized their storage space by changing an existing Jacuzzi into a bathtub. This enabled them to create a functional master bathroom and refresh its overall look and appeal.

 

“We changed the room’s layout by installing a sink and vanity across from the bathtub to maximize space usage,” said Mr. Tsedaka. “We utilized the existing mirror and replaced the plumbing. The solid wood custom-made vanities with new granite countertops and dark solid wood shelves created multiple storage spaces.

In addition, the wood for tiles and accents was handled in a special way to seal it to maximize water resistance. Dark stone tiles were added to enhance the romantic environment, and new glass doors, luxury water fixtures including a double shower rain head and matching faucets added a high-end look and feel.

The bathroom’s overall appeal was significantly enhanced by a new light wood plank-look floor, and its texture was smoothed over by a fresh coat of natural paint in relaxing colors.”

Joseph & Berry Remodel | Design Build is a company that provides a passion for service, a dedication to excellence and the desire to provide everything their clients need under the same roof. Joseph provides the remarkable designs while Berry creates the lasting contracting solutions backed by a top professional crew to deliver bathroom and kitchen or living room remodeling, bedroom and closet reconfigurations, roofing and siding restoration, home renovations, interior design, and much, much more. We make your dreams come to life in a design that will impress everyone.

Joseph & Berry Remodel | Design Build invites you to visit their office located 2801 Regal Road, Suite 105 in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas. Call to request a consultation or a quote by calling (469) 412-1493 or toll-free at (800) 371-8970 or connect with them via E-mail (info@joseph-berry.com).

 

Additional winning bathrooms remodeled by Joseph & Berry remodel Dallas