Fall is upon us. The days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing color. This season is great for making memories with loved ones. However, it’s also a good time to tackle some important home improvements. While raking leaves will be a priority, don’t forget about other chores.
Paint your home’s exterior
Fall, with its mild temperatures and low humidity, is the best season to paint your exterior. You can do this yourself if you have the time. If you have a multi-story home, it is worth hiring a professional to help you. This project will give your curb appeal a significant upgrade, and painting your home’s exterior can have a return on investment (ROI) of up to 51 percent. Focus on the trim and touchups if your entire house does not need to be painted.
Prep your fireplace
A professional chimney sweep should inspect your wood-burning fireplace at least once per year. Professional chimney sweeps can clean your chimney’s interior to remove common causes of house fires, such as creosote and soot. A professional will also inspect your chimney to ensure that the damper and chimney cap are functioning properly, as well as any damage to the masonry. This is the perfect time to clean and check that your gas or electric fireplace is operating properly.
Clean your gutters
Your gutters are responsible for draining thousands of gallons each year from your home. However, they can get clogged with leaves and dirt. This could lead to water backing up onto your roof, or even inside your home. It is important to clean and inspect your gutters. To avoid leaves ruining your hard-earned work, you may wait until the fall to do this job. Or, you can put in a mesh guard to prevent leaves, twigs and other large debris blocking the gutters.
If you have gutters that are older, it may be worth replacing them. This is a practical upgrade that will improve the curb appeal of your home.
Prep your furnace
With winter approaching, autumn is the best time to prepare your furnace for the colder months ahead. You should change your furnace filter regularly. Any debris in the filter could reduce airflow and lead to energy deficiency. To ensure your heating system is ready for winter, it’s a good idea to have it checked by professionals in fall.
Seal drafty areas
Gaps between door frames and windows can allow cold air into your home, increasing your heating costs. These drafts can be blocked by weatherstripping and caulking around your home. A simple way to find drafts in your home is to hold a candle high up at various points around the door or window and watch for any flickering. It is also possible to improve the insulation in your crawlspace or attic, which are areas where heat can escape from your home.
Organize your garage
Your garage can become a storage area for many outdoor items such as patio furniture and lawn care equipment. You can organize your garage to avoid clutter. To make the most of your wall space, add shelves and cabinets to increase floor space. Make sure that the storage you choose can hold the weight of any items you add. Ceiling hooks can be used to store bikes and other items out of reach.
Make this fall productive by adding these home improvements to your to-do lists.