Winter is coming — and so are frost, snow and wind. Before wet weather takes over (and pros’ schedules get packed) take on a little preventative home maintenance, like dealing with a risky roof before it leaks. Here’s your home touchup roadmap. Happy hibernating.
Prevent roof damage and leaks
Prices range from $160 to $715
Demand for roof repair skyrockets when the weather gets worse, driving up prices with them. “Our cost of labor per square can fluctuate from $40 up to $70, depending on the season,” shares Eric Keto of Keto Roofing and Construction/DFW Gutterdome. Shingle costs can also be lower in the off-season, so it definitely pays to plan ahead. And you’ll shore up any weak spots before rainy days do further damage to your roof or cause leaks.
Keep moisture out
Average national cost for exterior painting: $2,500
Prices range from $1,000to $3,000 and up
Paint when the sun is out, the wood is dry, and you’re not in panic mode trying to keep moisture and termites out of exposed wood. Jacob Snitily of Illusion of Kolors recommends making sure your contract includes prepping the house prior to painting.
Prep work can include pressure washing and scraping off old paint and dirt, caulking, and sealing raw wood with primer. Without this work, your paint can start peeling. Also confirm what type of paint will be used on your home, as quality can vary greatly within a brand’s different product lines.
Repair your drywall
Prices range from $100 to $445.
Drywall is the finishing layer between the bones of your home and the interior paint. If you’re seeing bubbles in there, you may have a leak. Drywall installations can get messy, so you’ll be better off taking care of the issue before wet weather makes matters worse. A professional will remove damaged parts and install a fresh layer, and some can even repaint the new drywall to match the rest of the room.
Chris Roy of Roy Brothers Drywall recommends looking for a drywall installation specialist, not a general contractor, since you could pay more in the long run if the work is subcontracted to a specialist anyway.
Haul junk away
Prices range from $75 to $235
Getting rid of junk creates a safer environment inside and out when wet weather, winds and snow are on the way. Decrepit cars, lawn waste, old mattresses, tires, paint, mildewy boxes in the shed—nothing is too much for junk removal specialists, who use professional hauling equipment and safe handling techniques.
Many pros price per cubic yard, with heavier materials at a higher price point due to the added challenge of removing and transporting the weight. “Let the specialist know about stairs or obstacles to access in advance to get the most accurate quote and always be sure to include pictures,” recommends Jennifer Kendrick of J.N.J Homeworks.
Prices range from $90 to $230
It’s important to remove pests before winter weather arrives. All that dampness and snow will drive them deeper into your chimney, foundation, attic, crawlspace, or garage. If you see any signs of an infestation, chances are they’ve already gotten comfortable in your home.
Pest control professionals handle everything from termites and bed bugs to raccoons and rats—they can even trap and remove bat colonies or bobcats. Some species, like cockroaches or rats, may require return visits to completely eliminate the population, explains James Barnett of Drop Shot Pest Control. This will have a higher price at the outset, but mean a no-pest outcome in the long run.