Bob Vila says it’s time to get your home ready for the winter. When Bob Vila speaks, we listen. Plan your home improvement 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.

One of the last places in the home many people think about remodeling is their garage. We all have lots of “stuff” and it often sprawls over the garage. But with the huge variety of products available today for finishing the floor and installing storage space, getting your Fort Collins garage remodeling done by a professional will provide storage solutions you might never have considered.

But first things first. Think about the floor. If your garage floor is like most, it is concrete and stained and maybe cracked and worn. It really needs an update. There are so many solutions these days that it might be difficult to pick the right one for you. Some options available include:

  • Paint the floor. Sounds pretty simple, but it won’t hold up very long and might not be worth the time and effort.
  • Epoxy paint the floor. This coating can last for decades. It’s more labor intensive, but can be done over a couple of days, considering the drying time involved. It consists of prepping the floor surface, coating with an epoxy and scattering paint or quartz chips over the surface. It’s easy to do team logos or other designs with this type of coating.
  • If your floor is in bad shape, a concrete overlay might be the best solution. A thin layer of concrete is laid directly over the old surface. Colorants and embossed designs can be added and the new surface can be polished or epoxy coated after the proper curing time.

After dealing with the floor, it’s time to consider storage options. Everything from ceiling and wall hanging racks to specialized storage units to conventional cabinetry can be used to corral your tools, your sports equipment or your kid’s toys. For instance, you can find numerous lift systems that raise your bicycle, canoe, kayak or ladder from floor to ceiling with ease. This frees up floor space and increases the storage capacity in your garage. A little research will show you more items than you can possibly imagine. The next trick will be remembering to put all your gear away in it’s proper place after you use it!

If you are ready to consider options for a Fort Collins garage remodeling, contact us to brainstorm the best products for your storage needs. The design possibilities are almost endless but the storage space you create will make you wonder why you didn’t do it years ago.

Yes, spring is just around the corner—and with our weather, there are many days when you feel that it’s already here! It’s time to tackle all those “preventive maintenance” things that are needed to keep your home in good shape. The items on this checklist can easily be handled by a one-day visit from our Fort Collins Handyman, so give us a call and let us help!

Our Fort Collins Handyman Services Include:

  • Attic – check and clean your attic’s power vents, as well as inspecting all screens for damage before birds start hunting for spring nesting spaces!
  • Exterior of the house – check for any holes in the exterior wall surface, through which animals might enter the fabric of your house. If you removed any downspout extensions for the winter, now is the time to reinstall them.
  • Decking – spring is the time to refinish your decking—providing it’s been dry for a few days—so that your deck is sealed before the sun hits summer strength.
  • Air Conditioner or Evaporative Cooler – last fall you probably were more focused on Thanksgiving than on giving thanks for this machine, but now would be a very good time to clean and prepare your machines for the summer. Take time to make sure there’s no damage to lines or insulation.
  • Outdoor structures – was there snow, ice or wind damage to any part of your outdoor living space this winter? If so, we can fix it.

So are you ready for spring, Fort Collins? We’re glad to help, so contact us today and schedule a visit from our handyman!

Whether we realize it or not, our bathrooms are very important places. Just 30 years ago, it was fairly common to have a separate space for dressing and getting ready to go out. However, the idea of a “dressing room” in our homes went the way of the Dodo in the 70′s. Nowadays, our bathrooms are the primary area for preparing for the day, or night. Consequently, good bathroom remodeling design is now far more important than it used to be.

While remodeling your entire home may not be necessary, changing the look of your bathroom can have a profound effect on the overall feel of the house. To get the most out of a bath remodel in Fort Collins, think about how you want the bathroom to feel. If you want it to be a functional, modern space, look for general contractors in Fort Collins who specialize in that type of work. Or maybe you want to make your bathroom a softer, more calming space. Look for examples of that type of work when viewing potential contractor’s portfolios. Not to toot our own horn, but bathrooms tend to be one of our specialties. You can check out our portfolio by clicking here. Whatever design path you choose, your bathroom redesign could make that space your favorite room in the house. For more information or to schedule a completely free estimate, give us a call at 970-402-2099.

Happy home improving!