With wind, snow, rain and ice out of the picture you can tackle the home improvement projects you’ve been putting off all winter.

Replacing your windows

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One popular project to carry out in the spring is window replacement; with the lack of rain at this time of the year, professionals are able to keep the moisture out during the installation process. It pays to have mild weather during the installation itself to keep the temperature in your home from plummeting.

Replacing single pane windows with double glazing will also make you money in the long term by regulating the temperature of your home. It will help your home stay cooler in summer and warmer in the winter – win-win!

If your home has sash windows and you want to maintain their character, you can add bespoke secondary glazing. This will copy the window’s structural line and can prevent heat loss by up to 70%. 

It's worth remembering that upgrading your window's performance is just part of the puzzle and it's worth taking a look at other ways you could make to your home more sustainable.

Check on the roof

With little or no rain in the air, spring is the perfect time to check on your roof. The snow, ice, wind and rain it has endured over winter means it might need patching up now.

Giving your roof a health-check will be a good chance to make sure no tiles have blown off or become loose. But if you want to look at this yourself, remember to always put safety first. AXA have put together this useful guide explaining how to health-check your roof safely and, if in any doubt, call in the professionals.

Keeping your roof in good repair now may well save you a headache down the line.

Paint the outside of your house

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The façade of your house should be painted approximately every 10 years. Employing an expert who has the right tools for the job will leave you with a much more professional finish.

Again, avoiding the rain and ice is key for this job and so summer is the perfect time to commission this kind of project. Indeed, most of the damage to the exterior of the house happens in spring and so summer is the perfect time to repair. During the spring, rain can damage the façade and the paintwork. Professional painters can examine the exterior for any issues and fix them before painting the home. Repairing the damage will ensure that the house looks great and is in excellent condition.

Spruce up your garden

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Spring is the time to get your garden ready for a summer of outdoor fun. However, tempting as it is to just drag your barbecues out, dig the paddling pool out of the shed and jet wash the sun lounger, there is more you can do to make the most of your garden. We like to think of a garden becoming an extension of your living space. As well as looking after your lawn and planting some new flowers, you may therefore want to employ a tradesperson to put down some new decking or lay a patio.

The only downside to carrying out these projects in spring is that everyone else is starting to have the same idea. The wait times for firms to carry out projects might be longer than the annual average. Right now, the construction industry is also facing materials shortages, which can have the knock-on effect of causing further days (as well as pricing fluctuations that it's worth being aware of). 

Get in touch with an FMB member today to have an initial chat. Whatever you do, don’t trust a building firm that says they can start work tomorrow. Expect to wait some time for a good builder and if you have to put off some jobs until next year, so be it. Don’t risk a bad experience with a dodgy firm.

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