Exercise patience: This year more than 5.4 million homes were sold by the end of August, according to the National Association of Realtors. Before making any major renovations, it's a good idea to live in a new home a while to see how the space is meeting your needs.
Did You Know
Find gaps or leaks by lighting a candle and holding the flame near closed windows and door seams. If the flame flickers, air is moving through the seam where there is a gap. Fill those gaps with caulk or weather stripping to form a better barrier against the cold.
When water gets into cracks in your sidewalk or driveway and freezes, it can expand, creating a much larger crack come spring. Over time, large cracks will eventually turn into damaged concrete, requiring complete replacement. Tiny cracks that appear shortly after the concrete is poured are not a problem, but those that appear over time and continue to grow are good candidates for repair.