The fall weather in Iowa is ideal for spending time outside with the family for barbecues, tailgating, and hiking. Fall is also the perfect time for home improvement projects. Your home needs to be ready for the winter ahead that is just around the corner. From checking a few things off your to-do list to tackling larger projects, this is the perfect time to get going on home improvement projects. Here are a few ideas from your friends at Iowa State Bank:
•Install and maintain pathways. With winter coming up, it is a good time to consider laying a new path to your front door. Not only will your home feel more welcoming, it will also be safer to get to your door during the colder months of the year. If your pathway is already installed, maintain it by patching rough spots.
•Weather-proof your doors. During the winter, door are one of the key places you lose heat. If you live in an older home, this is especially important. Not only will weather-proofing keep the cold winter air out, but it will keep your heat in, possibly saving you 10-30 percent on your energy bill.
•Freeze-proof exterior faucets. Living in Iowa, we know how cold it can get in the winter months. Be sure to take care of your hose faucets by replacing them with freeze-proof options. The small amount of time and money you spend doing this now is far less than the time and money you would have to spend for a burst water pipe.
These are just a few ideas; what fall improvement projects do you have in mind to prepare for winter?
This blog post from Iowa State Bank is part one of two in our series on home improvement projects to do this fall. Stay tuned as our next home improvement projects post will be in October. In the meantime, turn to Iowa State Bank if you need help with financing your home improvement project. We offer consumer loans for the project you have in mind, so talk to one of our Loan Officers today for details.