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Now that the new year is here, it is time to get back to your to-do list of projects you want to complete. Instead of just hibernating, start to check things off your to-do list by doing some indoor projects now. That includes things you can actually do yourself in January, February and March along with the planning for those exterior home improvements slated for the spring and summer.
One of the most popular projects is painting, but many people don’t like painting indoors in the winter because the smell and toxins in paint made it uncomfortable without being able to open up all the windows. Recently the paint industry has taken great strides to make sure the toxins in paint are no longer an issue, so painting in the winter can move to the top of the list.
The volatile organic compounds, or VOC in paint contribute to that strong odor and virtually every major paint manufacturer markets a full line of zero-VOC paints, so there is no reason to wait for spring to freshen up that bedroom or kitchen with a new coat of paint. Some of the more popular paint manufacturers with zero-VOC paints include Behr, (behr.com), Benjamin Moore, (benjaminmoore.com), Sherwin Williams, (sherwinwilliams.com), Glidden, (glidden.com), and Valspar, (valspar.com).
Upgrading your flooring is another indoor project that is perfect for the winter, and that includes bringing hardwood floors back to life. If hardwood floors are dull, use a quality cleaning system such as Bruce Hardwood and Laminate floor cleaner (bruce.com).
Chuck French, owner of Crandall Worthington (800) 809-4171 in Ferndale, suggests “either the professional strength deep cleaning Poly Care (polycare.com) in ready to use and concentrate or the Bona Pro Series Hardwood Refresher (bona.com) to restore the shine.”
Don’t wait until spring to start thinking about your home’s exterior. Siding and roofing are two of the areas that you can begin researching right now.
Gary Kearns of Kearns Brothers, (888) 355-6700, (kearnsbrothers.com), explained “Last year we had a mild winter so there wasn’t any backlog for our roofing projects. But right now we already have 35 roofing jobs scheduled so if we have a stretch of extreme weather, that will back things up a lot.”
Kearns said while roofs are a necessity for many older homes, the next most popular exterior home improvement is replacing the siding.
“James Hardie siding is installed just like wood siding, so it is important to have the work done by a certified installer because it is different than installing vinyl siding,” he said. “But people need to realize that there is still a shortage of qualified contractors in our market, so that too can contribute to delays.”
Getting a new deck is another spring project that requires you to make product selections and line up contractors now if you expect to have things done before summer. So now is a great time to start visiting showrooms to select the style and color of composite or vinyl deck you want and get everything ordered for installation in the spring.
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