It is important to think any practical way when planning any type of home improvement project in the future. The more practical your home improvement project, the easier it will be and the better we will feel. But you have to think about your investment, too, and that means really being practical. Any house that is 30 years old, or older, seriously needs to have repairs done at some point. Even though you may spend a lot and it does not bring you greater enjoyment, just think about how much more you will save later on. These home improvement ideas, all three of them, may require help from others in order to complete. Here they are.
The appropriate flow of water in your gutters is necessary. You need to clean your gutters, especially if there are leaves blocking the water flow. Blocked gutters usually occur on houses that are adjacent to quite a few trees. Gutter cleaning is an annual job for these people! If you can, block the ability of leaves to fall into the gutters to prevent this problem from happening. The purpose of gutters is to drain water, not to collect leaves! Water can overflow if the gutters are blocked causing potential problems. It is possible to flood your basement if your gutter is not clear due to the leaf blockage. Anyone that lives in an area that gets a lot of rainfall needs to be sure that their property drains the excess runoff. If it does not, your home could be in danger. Of course your home must have a positive slope leading away from your house. If you have the time and money, you might want to put in an additional underground drainage system. It is a simple process – dig a trench, drill some holes in PVC tubing, and pile rocks on top of it. The excess water will drain away from your house through attached tubing. This is not fancy but it is effective and will help ensure more water drains away from your home.
A very expensive way to insulate your house is to begin with an infrared scan which can help you determine how much insulation your home actually has. You can find services that will do this for you, but the cameras are expensive so they will charge accordingly. The camera will not be affected by the temperature of your house, or the season in which it is used. Either way, it will tell you about your insulation. To get the best pictures, wait till it’s dark. If you don’t have time at night, daytime imagery can be taken. All this camera does is show you where air is escaping from your house using thermal imagery and infrared technology. These three simple suggestions, if done in a timely manner, can improve your home dramatically. After you have lived in your house for years, you can be sure there are some things that will need to be done. One very good idea is to make a list of things to check, do or replace for your home. If you have a computer, put it on the scheduling program so that you will always be prepared.