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Home Repair Fort CollinsBob Vila says it’s time to get your home ready for the winter. When Bob Vila speaks, we listen. Plan your home repair in Fort Collins now. Get it done while the leaves fall and the candy corn flies. Then, enjoy a cozy and secure home when the temperatures drop.

Here are a few Vila inspired tips for fall home maintenance:

1. Cracks and Gaps

Check the foundation for cracks. Are there gaps around windows and doors or where wires and cables enter the home? Such gaps allow in not only cold air but moisture. Moisture build-up encourages mold growth and may freeze and cause further cracking.

2. Peeling Paint

Exterior paint that is peeling or blistered may mean the protective paint film is failing and the siding is on the path to deterioration. This is bad news that could cost a good chunk of money later if it isn’t addressed now.

3. Leaky Roof

A shoddy roof that’s taken too many hard hits from the elements may leave everything underneath vulnerable. Leaks attack home insulation, structure, electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems.

4. Clogged Gutters and Downspouts

Leaves are pretty, but if you don’t clean them out of your gutters and downspouts, you could end up with ice dams and headaches. If you don’t already have them, consider installing new gutters with leaf guards.

5. Tired Heating Systems

This may be a no brainer, but now is the time to make sure your heating system is functioning properly. Don’t wait until it conks out on the coldest day of the year. Service technicians will be busy repairing the furnaces of everyone else who waited until the coldest day of the year. You’ll have to shower with mittens and a wetsuit.

6. Wobbly Deck Rails

Expect slick conditions when winter hits. Can handrails along your deck and porch support the weight of someone mid-tumble?

Preparing for winter is a hard sell while you’re still enjoying barbecues and harvesting garden produce. However, it’s even harder to manage when you’re huddled with s’mores next to the fire. We can help! Contact us today, and we’ll do the dirty work.

Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 12:51 am.

Why is remodeling so fascinating? Home design shows such as “Extreme Makeover,” “Design on a Dime,” or the original home improvement show, “This Old House” on PBS, have always been popular. There is something about taking a home and making it new that everyone finds interesting. It may be that, secretly, we all have things we wish we could alter about our own homes or apartments, and we are living vicariously through the people who are improving their homes on television.

So, what’s stopping you, in particular, from actually making the home improvements you want? In Colorado, there are excellent general contractors in Loveland (nudge nudge, wink wink) who can help you remodel a current home into the house of your dreams. Specialists in home repair in Fort Collins can help you turn your slightly “dumpy” feeling two-bedroom, into a place you are proud to call home. All it takes is a phone call or an email, and you too can be like those people on the home improvement shows. They always look so happy when their new space is unveiled at the end of each program. There is no reason you can’t look equally as ecstatic about your own home.