If you are among the many people who fell in love with the ambiance of an old house, there are DIY ways to restore the original windows. Consider the following reasons restoration might further the peaceful enjoyment of your home.

Handy DIY Homeowners Can Restore Old Windows 

If you possess some carpentry skills and a good set of tools, there’s a good chance you can effectively complete this project over a lot of weekends. Old homes typically have wooden casings that are relatively simple to remove. And if they are already painted, versus a natural wood finish, there’s no reason to worry about cracking or chipping casement lumber.

Once the original models have been removed, you can cover the opening with a standard plastic insulating wrap or a sturdier material if needed while you work on restoring the older windows.

Homeowners Can Improve Old Window Energy Efficiency

One of the driving reasons that property owners replace old windows stems from a perception energy efficiency cannot match newer models. But how much energy efficiency is enough, and can you upgrade the originals?

Starting with the drafty casings, a wide range of insulation options remain available. Spray foam ranks among the most popular and effective products for closing air gaps. DIY homeowners can also tuck fiberglass insulation into spaces to shore them up.

The top reason many homeowners give up on older windows involves glass as thin as 1/16 of an inch. Modern replacement windows typically employ thicknesses of 3/16, as well as double- and triple-pane options. That may seem like a huge difference, but older window panes can also be removed and casings fitted with new and thicker glass.

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Moving to a new home can disrupt your routine at any time, but some times of the year are better than others for relocating to a new home. You’ll get the most from the experience and enjoy a more seamless move if you plan things for the right time of year and allow yourself enough time to complete the process. The best timing for one family may be completely different than the ideal timing for another. Here’s how to tell which times of year are best for your family. 

Families with School Aged Kids

Unless your move will be within the same school district, your kids will likely have to change schools. Because of this and the adjustment time needed to fit into a new classroom, most families time moves to coincide with summer vacation. This ensures your children have a chance to get comfortable in the new home and neighborhood before plunging into a new school as well.  According to experts at Parents magazine, moving during the holidays or a similar long break can work as well, as it will give your kids a chance to make friends right away. 

Singles — Moving on your Own

Your best time to move will be independent of the school year (though you might find more homes on the market to choose from while school is in session). Choose a time that aligns with a down time in your industry or at your workplace — long weekends or industry-wide holidays can help you make the most of your time off and give you the most time to settle in your new place. 

Retirees — Moving Out of the Empty Nest

If you no longer have kids at home, you won’t be constrained by the local school schedule — you may actually find that shopping while school is in session puts you at an advantage, as families are more likely to wait until spring or summer to begin shopping. If you are moving locally, planning your move around family helpers can work; if you are hiring movers, you have a lot of freedom when it comes to picking the right time. If you live in an area with harsh winters or overly hot summers, avoiding these times may make it more comfortable to settle into your new place and begin caring for the property — beyond that, the choice is yours. 

Make the Most of your Moving Time

No matter when you decide to move, planning ahead and preparing early will help you make the most of the process. You’ll love settling into your new home when you are not stressed by a looming school deadline or other significant milestone and get the best possible start in your new home. 

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