Last Updated May 10, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider
What are the top jobs for winter? Keeping the house warm is one of them, but don't neglect your garden, either. These are some winter jobs to think about that will be home improvements you will appreciate.
Heating is probably the number one priority in the winter months. Does the heating provide enough heat to keep the home warm? How much does heating cost you? If a heating system costs too much, it could be for two reasons. Either the system does not have enough capacity to heat the home adequately and has to overwork or in some cases, the system might have too much capacity.
There are many heating options to consider. The latest in heating system design and options covers all types of home heating. Some options the article explores are:
For whole home heating, floor heaters or ducted heaters are best. Floor heaters should be installed when building to save money, but ducted heaters can be retrofitted into a new home. Space heaters are good for small areas, but cannot heat an entire room. Wood, gas, isopropyl alcohol and ethanol heaters offer heat and the warm glow of a fire.
Don't forget heating for outdoor spaces, too. Read Heating ideas for your outdoor space for some ideas. From radiant heaters to an outdoor fireplace, you'll find many ideas for heating an outdoor space.
Heating and cooling are no good without insulation. Both heating and cooling costs go up if you don't have insulation because of heat and cooling losses. It's really a waste of money and insulation is fairly inexpensive and will pay for itself over time with savings on heating and cooling.
Choose between a variety of types of insulation:
Each of these types of insulation can make the home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Reflective insulation reflects heat and cold to the outside of the house, but it should be combined with batt insulation and many types of batt insulation have a reflective side. How much does insulation cost? covers the costs of most types of insulation, but you may need to get quotes from insulation installers for an accurate quote for your home.
Pest control isn't for the summer months only. Vermin look for warm places in winter and a ceiling cavity is perfect for them. Cockroaches, ants and other pests don't take a break in winter, either. Winter pest control is essential, especially since you will be spending more time in your home during the winter months.
A pest control expert is the best person to call for any type of pest control. They know how to treat the home and keep pests from coming back. If you have vermin in the ceiling cavity, they will either remove larger vermin such as possums or kill rats or mice. They will come back to remove the vermin they kill, because rats and mice often stay in the ceiling cavity and their carcasses can smell. How much does pest control cost? includes the costs of most types of pest removal and mentions green alternatives to traditional chemical treatments.
Gardens need care as much in the winter as in the summer. For example, lawn soil can become compacted and water and nutrients cannot reach the roots. If you aerate the lawn, it will be ready for spring and you will have a greener, healthier lawn.
That's not all you need to do in the garden in winter. 5 maintenance tips for your winter garden recommends more and don't forget you don't need to wait until spring and summer to have flowers. Many native flowers can bloom in winter and add colour to your garden. Flowering plants that love to grow in winter goes into plants for every Australian climate.
Do you leave the vegetables for the summer months? Read Vegetables to Grow in Winter to find vegetables you can grow during the winter months in any Australian climate. You can grow a variety of vegetables even in a colder climate and find vegetables to grow in temperate, arid, subtropical and tropical climates.
These are some of the top jobs for winter, but you may think of many more. Winter is a great time to have house cleaners come in and make the house tidy. When they are done, you have less housework to do and can easily stay on top of house cleaning chores.
A handyman can come to your home and do many jobs that will make the home more comfortable. For example, they can seal the windows so cold drafts don't come into the home. Get quotes from handymen (or women) in your area and choose one that can do anything you need them to do. Many handymen have extensive experience in a variety of jobs. The one thing most handymen cannot do is work that requires a trade licence, but some still keep their trade licences active, so try a handyman first and see what you find.
If you need a tradesperson, you can find them all on Home Improvement Pages. You will get three quotes from tradies in your area and can choose the most reasonable offer or the tradie you feel can do the best job. When you ask for quotes, describe the job in as much detail as possible. This will enable you to get more accurate initial quotes, but a tradie may need to come to your home and inspect the job before they give you an accurate and firm quote. If you give them enough information, the difference between the initial quote and the final quote will be minimal.