Monday, July 25, 2016

7 DIY Home Improvement Projects For A Rainy Day

If you're like most homeowners, you probably developed a list of home improvement projects as soon as you moved in to your new home at the Lake of the Ozarks - and just as immediately, you probably realized that this list will be unending. As you scratch certain tasks off your list, you will inevitably add new ones. This is a good thing, because it shows that you care about your property and are willing to put in the time and effort required to keep it in good condition.

Home improvement projects are a great way to keep your home in good condition and, when performed correctly, add value to your Lake of the Ozarks home in the process. With so much rain in the forecast for this coming week, Fran Campbell Team is here to help you make the most of your time by offering this quick list of rainy day home improvement suggestions.


1. Check For Leaks
Leaks are often some of the most detrimental issues homes can develop. If left unchecked, water that leaks into your home over the course of several months can cause extensive (and expensive) damage. During the rainy days ahead, take the opportunity to check your home thoroughly for any unwanted water that may be coming in and take steps to remedy it.

2. Install A Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperatures for your home for different times of day. For example, you can set your home to be a little warmer during the day when everyone is away at work/school and a little cooler in the evenings when everyone is home. This way, you're not paying to keep your home unnecessarily cool when no one is there to enjoy it - a great way to save you some extra money in the long run.

3. Evaluate The Gutters
When is the last time you took a close look at your gutters to see how well they were functioning? The next time it rains, step outside to see how the water is running off your roof. If it is flowing through your gutters and into the downspouts, all is well. If it's pouring off the roof in other places, it's a good sign that your gutters and/or downspouts probably need to be cleared of debris.

4. Enhance Indoor Safety
When it comes to your safety indoors, alarms are your first line of defense. Since it's too rainy to do many outdoor projects, now is a good time to replace all the batteries in and test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide meters. If you have a home alarm system, you can take this time to test it as well.

5. Organize Storage Space
Storage space is a valuable commodity in any property, and your home is no exception. Closets, crawl spaces, and other storage areas tend to get rather overrun with time. Every so often, it's important to go through these storage areas to get rid of unneeded belongings and organize them. Organizing your storage spaces will make them seem bigger and make it easier to locate specific items.

6. Touch Up Paint
Even the best paint job won't last forever. Eventually, your walls will need to be retouched. Rainy days provide the perfect opportunity to touch up your walls to cover up any nicks, dents, or repairs. If you're feeling really ambitious, you can always take the opportunity to repaint certain rooms as well.

7. Switch To Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
While your HVAC system may be the primary contributor to your high electric bill, it's not the only culprit. Standard incandescent light bulbs use a lot of energy and can contribute to a high energy output over time. It may be worth putting in in the initial investment to convert your home to energy-efficient light bulbs such as LEDs. Most experts estimate that a single LED bulb will save you anywhere from $20-$40 in its lifetime.

Make The Most Of Your Rainy Day!
With so much rain in the forecast for this coming week, it's important to take advantage of the opportunities the rain provides. If you are planning on selling your Lake of the Ozarks home in the near future, performing home maintenance tasks such as these is especially important. Even if you aren't planning on selling any time soon, keeping your home in good condition will make living there more enjoyable in the meantime and make it easier to sell down the road. 

If you are thinking about selling your property at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact one of our real estate agent in Osage Beach MO. We would be happy to help with the process!

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