8 winter prep items for your Los Angeles handyman

8 winter prep items for your Los Angeles handyman

Wintertime conditions may be much milder in Los Angeles than in the Midwest or the Northeast, but it’s still a good idea to take a seasonal approach to the maintenance of your home.

The Contractors State License Board says handymen performing work valued less than $500 do not need to be licensed. Ask your handyman before hiring whether he is licensed or not. Also ask if he is insured, as you do not want to be liable for any injuries that might happen while on your property. Search Angie’s List for more than 1,900 Los Angeles handyman services in your area.

Hiring a handyman is one way to quickly check off several items on your list when it comes to preparing your house for the cooler seasons and winter weather. Here are eight tasks your Los Angeles handyman can do.

Caulking: There are a variety of areas that might need to have the old caulking scraped out and new caulking applied. New caulking will keep various areas, including windows, airtight and waterproof. This will help keep cool air out, warm air in and your utility bill at a reasonable amount.

Cement repair: Cold temperatures can lead to concrete cracks. While your handyman is tackling other tasks throughout the home, it is a good time to have him or her repair the cracks in the driveway, an unsafe stoop or crumbling walkway. Having an even walkway will also help prevent slips, falls and injuries.

Decks and porches: Your porch, deck or even outdoor stairway may have loose boards and spindles that need to be replaced or, at the very least, tightened for you and your family’s safety. Decks and other exterior woodwork may also be due for a new coat of stain and/or sealant. This will help extend the lifespan and durability of your outdoor space.

Gutter cleaning: Fall is usually the time people climb ladders to clean out their gutters, allowing for proper flow and drainage of water. Avoid the potential for accidents by hiring a provider with plenty of experience and proper equipment for this task.

Filter replacements: Take, at minimum, a seasonal approach to replacing the filters in your heating and air conditioning system to ensure proper air flow and reduce allergens.

Holiday decorations: With the fall and winter holidays fast approaching, a handyman can help you with planning, hanging and changing out your decorations indoors and outdoors. This can prove to be beneficial when wanting to string lights or connect multiple power sources, as a Los Angeles handyman will have the right equipment and experience to do the job safely and efficiently.

Painting: The exterior of the home often is the last place to get a face-lift. Give your windows and doors a little TLC with a new coat of paint. Repairing any damage will help keep the exterior in good shape against the colder weather and elements.

Siding or stucco repair: While you’re concentrating on your home’s exterior, have the siding repaired or renewed or have the stucco freshened up. The sooner small repairs are made, the better chance you have of avoiding major repair damage come springtime.

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