Preparing Your Home for the Coming Year
It’s almost 2021 everyone! Can you believe it? We love creating content for the Valley Windows blog come December because there are key themes that we always want to ensure that we hit – gratitude, celebration and preparation. We’ve hit on the first two a wee bit and will continue to do so, but today’s post is all about preparation.
Preparation can mean different things to everyone. Some dread it, some look forward to it, some see it as a nuisance and some see it as a necessity. Consider us the latter on both counts – we love it, we live it and we will always impart whatever we’re learning to you – our valued community of customers and readers. If you’re just joining us now, we will make the bold statement that you are closing out the year in style. And if you’re a loyal returning visitor, then we hope you’re nodding your head and echoing that sentiment.
So, how do you prepare your home for the coming year? Let us count the ways. We actually love sharing this post on an annual basis because there are reminders that bear repeating and there are always new tips and tricks that we’re on the edge of our seats to share. Here’s our brief and (NOT) all-encompassing list as we wind down the year and kick off a new one:
1. Take a day and do all of your seasonal, quarterly, heavy-duty home maintenance. Get all of the family or your household involved and make a day of it (or at least an afternoon). These are the tasks that you don’t need to do on a weekly basis, or even a monthly basis. We’re talking about power washing your outdoor social spaces, cleaning up any peeled paint and applying new coats… this level. There’s nothing better than checking this off as you head into 2021.
2. Make a list of the projects that you want to check off. Now, take a look at it and determine what’s reasonable, what would be a ‘nice-to-have’ and what may need to be shelved BUT planned for (especially financially). Home renovation projects shouldn’t sneak up on you and if you know what you’d like to plan for, you’ll be far less stressed on every level.
3. In parallel, it’s time to look at that budget again. You should be doing that on a regular basis, but if you’re going to be thinking about big projects ahead, your finances should be all lined up. You don’t want to be surprised by the hidden costs that contractors may surprise you with. When in doubt, give us a shout. We can walk you through expected ballpark costs for some if not all of the jobs of which you’re thinking.
4. Finally, take a break. Literally, take a day to just appreciate everything and everyone around you. We’re not biased, but we really want you to make this day about your home. You’ve put blood, sweat and tears into it and it’s been through a lot this year. Bring it on, 2021. Your home is ready.