Homeowners everywhere sometimes have a moment when they look around and think that maybe their home could use new windows, or maybe a new roof. Homes get old, just like we do, and when they start to wear down we have to call in professionals and technicians to fix them up. Just like you would give yourself a makeover once in a while, trying on some new jewelry or a new makeup routine, you also need to treat your home to replacement windows or new appliances every once in a while. So, how can a homeowner know that their fantasies about new windows are actually a sign that the house needs a once over, and not just the hankering of someone who’s tired of looking at the same four walls? Here are some signs to look out for.
Your gutters keep getting clogged, and your roof is leaking.
If you’re spending half your time climbing a ladder to clean out those gutters, or if you keep finding those dark, damp spots on your walls (a telltale sign of a leak), it’s time to call in the pros. The roof over your head truly could not be a more crucial part of your home’s overall structure, and if you need a new roof it’s better to act fast. If you don’t take action when your exterior siding and your roof are failing, soon your structural beams will be rotten and the whole home may not be livable. Not to mention that leaks are a favorite spot for black mold to grow, and that stuff is literally poisonous. Call some professional contractors, and get the new roof or siding taken care of as soon as you notice a problem.
Your windows are letting a breeze in—when they’re closed.
It’s great to open a window to let in a breeze, but if your windows are closed in the wintertime and you still feel air leaking in that’s bad news. New windows will keep your home the temperature you want it to be, and all-season windows will do that all year long. Plus, putting in all-season windows will keep your energy bills low because you won’t be running your air conditioner to cool all of Kalamazoo, or wherever you live. If you do live in the Kalamazoo area, there are some great pro window contractors in Kalamazoo whose services you can take advantage of for window replacement or installation of all-season windows for your home.
Your appliances aren’t working as they should.
So you’ve decided to do your part for Mother Earth—that’s great! By repairing your old appliances you’re keeping them out of the dump, and that’s much better for the planet. Of course, most people don’t opt for oven repair, dishwasher repair, dryer repair, or washer repair—they just buy new. That’s why those people don’t know that when you’re hiring a technician it’s always best to find a local person to take care of your appliance repair needs. So, for example, if you live in Red Bluff and your washer isn’t working, you might do a quick Google search for “appliance repair in Red Bluff, CA” and find appliance repair pros who are right nearby.
Local technicians will know where the best local suppliers are, and they’ll know if they can source cheap but perfectly serviceable parts at local pawn shops. For example, Maxferd (maxferd.com) is a pawn shop with lots of convenient locations in the State of California, and a local appliance repair technician would know that and would be able to save you money by sourcing microwave repair parts less expensively.
You’re expecting a new addition to the family.
If you’ve got a little one on the way, this may be the time to remodel your house a bit. There are plenty of reasons why a new baby will entail a home improvement project. Maybe you don’t have enough space, or maybe the dishwasher isn’t working well enough to clean your baby bottles. Of course, when you’re pregnant you don’t have a great deal of time to hem and haw about whether to change your old windows or put a wall in to make one room into two. If your home is too chilly for the baby, get new windows now. If you need more space, you need that wall, and you need it before nine months are up. Actually, while this might sound stressful, it’s a great opportunity. This “deadline” might push you to get those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off done, whether it’s refrigerator repair or contacting a local window company to keep the baby warm.
It’s not always time to redo your home, but if it’s not keeping you safe and comfy it’s definitely time. Update your home’s windows, get your roof and gutters checked, and ask a technician if fixing up your stove or washer is an option.