Fall is a great time to tackle a few household chores and make sure your home is ready for the change in weather. If you’ve been holding off on some home maintenance projects because the summer heat was too hot to handle, now is the time to take care of some fall home improvement projects.
1. Check the gutters and make sure they’re clean.
Gutters can be a pain to clean, but they’re crucial in keeping hundreds of gallons of water from collecting and causing all kinds of damage. Make sure that your gutters are working properly and clear of debris. You may also want to consider installing gutter guards that will protect the gutters from collecting more debris in the future.
2. Prepare your lawn for fall and winter.
To keep your lawn healthy all year round, you’ll want to rake and aerate. It ensures that your lawn and garden beds don’t suffocate. Next, you’ll want to winterize your grass, trees, and shrubs, so you’ll greenery can rest and be ready to bloom again next year.
3. Give your windows a little love.
Your energy bill can increase if your windows are causing heat to escape. Before the cool weather kicks in, make sure the locks are working properly, inspect the weather stripping, and check the sealant or caulk to see if anything needs to be touched up or replaced.
4. Touch up your exterior paint.
Fall has plenty of warm days that give you time to touch up the exterior paint — prolonging the life of your siding and trim.
5. Inspect your roof.
Winter weather can aggravate any roofing problems, so get in front of any trouble by having your roof inspected. Check that your roof doesn’t have any leaks, and replace any shingles that are cracked, missing, or curling. Regular inspections and maintenance of your roof will help prolong its life.
6. Make sure your heating system and chimneys are ready for fall and winter temperatures.
You may be ready for sweater weather, but your home may not. Have your chimney inspected by a professional, check your heating system thoroughly, and inspect any smoke/fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Taking simple steps to maintain your home and prepare it for the changing weather can prolong the life of the items that make your house a home. Spending a few dollars now can save you thousands of dollars in the future, so be sure to tackle these fall home improvement projects.
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