If you're like most homeowners, your to-do list is constantly growing. The longer it gets, the harder it is to start working on those projects. The easiest way to start tackling your list is to make a plan.
Breaking your to-do list down into smaller parts will make it more manageable. Organize your projects:
- Interior and Exterior—If you live in an area where winter means cold temps and snow, time is limited on completing those outdoor projects. Your indoor jobs might also need more immediate attention if they're temperature or weather-sensitive.
- Essential and Optional—There are likely some items on your list that must be done right away to avoid major problems. Others may just be an annoyance or less critical that can wait.
- Expensive and Budget-Friendly—We all need to follow a budget for day-to-day living. Before starting a project from your to-do list, you'll want to consider if it fits into your current financial plan.
- Safety and Convenience—Keeping your family safe is easier with today's high-tech products so you may want to move those items up on your list. Life is easier with today's high-tech conveniences, so those items may be tempting to schedule sooner instead of later.
- Maintenance and Repair—These projects are closely related. If you forego regular maintenance on many of your home's components, breakdowns are going to happen.
- Aesthetics and Money-Saving—Sometimes those projects that make your home look better will provide a perceived value when you sell your home. Other to-do items will save you big money on utility bills so should be a priority.
Now that you've got several smaller lists assembled, you'll want to set an order of priority. While you're at it, think about which things you can do yourself and which ones you'll need to contact a professional technician to handle. In many cases, the pro can do your job faster and more efficiently than you can. You'll also save the cost of buying specialty tools and time searching for parts or materials.
Let's review each category and give you a few ideas on what to address first:
For those of you who live in an area of seasonal changes, you'll want to tackle exterior work before the snow flies and interior work before you have to turn on the furnace. These can be DIY-projects or handled by a handyman.
- Caulk and Weatherstrip—your windows and doors are a major source of air infiltration and heat loss during winter months. Make sure those leaks are sealed up tight. Caulk exterior gaps along trim and siding, choose rubber, vinyl, or silicone weatherstripping for windows, and add a weather-resistant door sweep.
- Plastic Window Insulation—find kits at your local hardware store to seal windows tight while still being able to see clearly through to the outside.
- Window Treatments—why not add some beautiful window dressing with insulated draperies to keep the cold air out while enhancing your room's decor?
- Furnace Maintenance—now is the best time to have your furnace serviced. Your HVAC contractor will check to make sure it's in working condition, change the filter, and lubricate all moving parts so you won't be left in the cold on a frigid winter night.
- Thermostat—while you're at it, consider replacing your outdated thermostat with a digital, programmable model or a high-tech Wi-Fi unit. Both styles provide efficient methods of adjusting settings (with a timer or app) while you're away from home—saving you money each month on your utility bills.
If your appliances are a few years old, it's essential that you have regular maintenance performed to keep your important equipment operating at peak performance. Make sure that leaky dishwasher is repaired before you end up with a flooded kitchen, or worse.
If you're due for something new, make sure you choose Energy Star dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, and ovens to cut your energy bills dramatically. Hire a professional technician to install your new appliances. They'll bring all the proper tools and connections for a trouble-free installation.
Looking for more money-saving ideas? Change out your old incandescent light bulbs with new LEDs. They use up to 75-percent less energy and last up to 25 times longer than regular light bulbs.
Consider adding motion/time-sensitive switches in the bathroom, children's bedrooms, garage, closets, and rooms that aren't used often. An electrician can quickly and safely install these energy-saving marvels—the lights turn on when you walk into the room and off when you leave.
We've all learned how important it is to keep a clean home through surface disinfection. Minimize viruses and bacteria growth with a thorough cleaning or hire a professional household sanitization company to keep your family safe and healthy.
Your To-Do List Experts—Puls Can Help Check Off Those Projects
Don't let your to-do list overwhelm you, Puls has got your back. We've got skilled professionals ready when you need them to do everything from hang your TV on the wall, to set up your Smart Home components, to fixing your broken garage door, to replacing a leaky faucet, and more.
We take great pride in making your life easier. Convenient online appointment scheduling ensures our vetted technicians show up at your door when you need them. Affordable prices without hidden fees help to get things done without exceeding your budget. Our peace-of-mind warranty guarantees our work is done right.
It's time to stop procrastinating and start tackling your growing To-Do list. Contact Puls today to check those items off the easy way.