Winter Home Maintenance & Upgrades

December 18, 2020 03:44 PM

home_maintJust because it’s been a mild winter, doesn’t mean we can forget about winter home maintenance and other improvements that need to be done. Now is a great time to pay special attention to things that may need improving around your home — from general maintenance needs, to appliance upgrades and full-scale remodeling projects.

Here are a few ideas to get you going:

Start with the basics

Some simple, inexpensive things can keep items in your home functioning well:

  • Change out the water filter in your refrigerator
  • Clean out drains in sinks and tubs to help avoid clogs or damage
  • While it’s still cold, check the roof and gutters for “ice dams” that prevent appropriate water drainage
  • Take a home inventory — or update your existing one — to be sure you have enough insurance to cover potential loss of or damage to your belongings
  • Replace furnace filters with high quality filters

This spring, consider bigger improvements

Is your house meeting your day-to-day needs? Some projects that can make your house more livable for your family — or which may even add value if you plan to sell in the next few years — could include:

  • Replacing windows, furnace, and/or appliances with new ones that are more energy-efficient; upgraded insulation can help, too!
  • Replacing the roof
  • Putting in new flooring, whether it’s an upgraded carpet, or sleek hardwood
  • Repairing cracked sidewalks or driveways
  • New landscaping for improved curb appeal
  • Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom to add space, improve aesthetics, and/or enhance functionality
  • Adding on a deck or screened patio

Horizon Bank can help turn your imagination into reality

If you’re considering taking on a larger project, but don’t want to spend all your cash reserves consider a loan personally designed to fit your unique needs.

We can help you determine which projects might benefit you the most, and find ways to help you fund the work. Sometimes a simple home improvement loan is an easy way to add life — or space — to a home you already love!