Spring is here and for Seattle homeowners this makes for a great time to consider home improvements. This means more than just planting new gardens and getting ready for summer. Home improvements in Seattle involve accounting for the area’s unique weather. So, you need to be sure to check the exterior of your home. Here are three recommendations for key areas to inspect, and maybe a couple of thoughts to make sure your home’s maintenance is up to date.
Exterior home improvements in Seattle
#1 Roofs, Gutters and downspouts
Winter rain, snow, and hail throughout the Pacific Northwest make for some pretty damaging conditions. So, be sure to visually inspect your roof. Keep spring rains out of your attics by looking for missing, damaged, and worn roof shingles. Even with our typically mild summers, the sun can be brutal on your roof, so inspect early in the season.
Be sure to check and clean your gutters to keep the water flowing off and away from your home. Downspouts should drain away from the foundation or into sewer-linked drains. By ensuring proper drainage, you’ll save yourself a ton in maintenance costs over the life of your home.
Keeping it all in
#2. Windows and Doors
With the cold of winter gone, now is the time to inspect the area around your windows and doors. Probe around these openings. Look for cracks, loose boards, damaged seals, and failed caulking. Then, get it fixed. If you have access to an inferred camera or thermal scanner, they can help you detect air leaks.
In any case, your goal should be to prevent water and air infiltration and further damage. And don’t forget to check the condition of the doors and windows themselves. If your windows are 20 – 25 years of age or if your exterior doors are approaching the 30-year mark, you need to accept the fact that they may be on their last leg. It’s likely time for an upgrade.
Interior home improvement ideas for Seattle’s Inclement Weather
#3. Kitchen and Bath Remodels
For most Seattleites the winter was spent holed up and trying to keep warm. All that time inside will eventually draw your attention to the aesthetics of the interior of your home. That may lead to new fixtures in the kitchen or a bathroom remodel.
Kitchen and bath upgrades make for great springtime projects. We know we want to spend time getting things done outside, but the spring rains often make scheduling a general contractor difficult. So, by focusing inward, you can make those rainy days productive days.
Decision on home improvements for your Seattle home may be easy, as often times, they seemingly get made for us out of necessity, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be fun and uplifting. Take the opportunity to choose a new color, style, or design that matches the new year or your favorite, latest trend.
Find a good local contractor and get help with tedious preventative maintenance or, better yet, have them design that new living space you’ll love. In the long run, you’ll wish you did it sooner.Share