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​Home Repair, Maintenance & Improvement

​Home Repair Resources

Home Repair Programs Offered through the City 

The Home Repair Loan is a 0% interest loan for major repairs related to health, safety or accessibility. Thornton residents must live in their home and meet income and other program critieria. 

Help for Homes helps low-income homeowners in Thornton with minor home repairs, including accessibility modifications, plumbing repairs or electrical repairs.

Information on additional home repair assistance programs is provided in the links to the right.

Improvement Ideas and How-to

Colorado winds and weather can wear down fences. Mending a fence can help it last longer. The Fence Repair brochure has step-by-step instructions on how to fix common fence problems.  

Thornton residents can pick up one truckload of free mulch for their yards. Mulch can be picked up Monday through Friday between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 8651 Colorado Blvd. Contact the Parks and Forestry Division to find out if there is mulch available: parks@cityofthornton.net or 303-255-7833.

The City Forestry Division provides information about landscapes, xeri gardening, caring for plants and even has a discounted tree purchase program.

Habitat for Humanity offers a free Deconstruction Program to homeowners and businesses. Habitat comes to the home or business to evaluate what materials or items could be reused or recycled, and then will remove the donation items from the building and transport to their Re-Store.

Rebuilding Together Metro Denver and Handyman Matters partner to provide educational classes on fixing common home repairs or improving the home. To learn about attending classes in person click on the links to the right. 

Check out HGTV.com and the DIY Network.com for ideas for home improvements.

Energy and Water Efficiency Resources 

By making a few key upgrades you can see immediate benefits such as reductions in your monthly utility bills, improved indoor air quality, and even increased property values.  There are multiple rebates, tax credits and incentives that could make it financially feasible to make energy efficiency advances.

  • Thornton Water offers rebates and free services to help you save water.
  • The Home Energy Savings Guide by Recharge Colorado offers tips on ways to save energy in your home, including a do-it-yourself energy audit.
  • Xcel Energy offers rebates to homeowners who have purchased and installed new energy efficient improvements in their homes.
  • The PowerSaver Loan Program allows homeowners to borrow up to $25,000 for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to their home. Participating Colorado lenders include Bank of Colorado at 970-663-2999, and Credit Union of Colorado at 303-832-4816.
  • Tax credits for some energy efficiency improvements may be available for your federal income tax returns, including geothermal, solar and wind energy systems. Call Energy Star at 1-888-782-7937 for information.
  • The Colorado Energy Office provides a financial incentive to those who purchase an existing home (versus newly built) and makes energy efficient or renewable energy upgrades within 120 days of purchase. Contact them at 303-866-2100.
  • The Arapahoe County Weatherization Program provides free services to eligible low income Adams County residents. Includes energy audits, furnace and water heater repairs, insulation, and more financial assistance with paying utility bills. Call 303-636-1982.