Fall Home Improvement Projects

Now that Summer has come to an end (sigh), you may be spending more time at home. Which means you may be thinking more about the improvements that can be made to your home. Here are some projects (a combination of DIY and professional jobs) that you can focus on this season.

  1. Focus on the exterior. Your home's curb appeal is the first thing anyone notices when they come over (to visit or to tour the house), so make sure it makes a lasting impression. Take a look at your house. Does it need a new paint job, or a few touch-ups? If you're looking at a few touch-ups, you can make it a DIY project for yourself this fall. If you think you're home needs a full coat, then consider calling some professionals. If you're thinking about selling in the next few months, now is the perfect time to get your home's exterior looking great. 

  2. Paint the front door. If you've spent time, energy and money painting the exterior of your house, don't forget about the front door. Or if you home didn't need any exterior work, the front door can have all of your focus. A freshly painted door makes a statement. It helps your home stand out on the street, and creates an inviting welcome into the house. Fall temperatures are perfect for paint setting.

  3. The Deck. Summer was perfect for entertaining and lounging on the deck, so take some time to maintain your deck for the next patio season. If you notice any structural damange, you'll want to consult with professionals, but if your deck is just a case of a new stain, you can do it yourself. For potential buyers, a deck can really make or break their impression of the home, especially if they see it and think it needs to be replaced asap.

  4. Gutter maintenance. Falling leaves are synonymous with Autumn. And where do they land? Your gutters (or eavestroughs). Cleaning the gutters is a general maintenance task that improves your home and prevents potential foundation damange in the event of rain overflow. It really doesn't take too long to complete this DIY task, but if you're a little squeamish with heights, it won't break the bank to outsource.

  5. Check your windows. With winter on it's way, now is a great time to check the condition of your windows. If air can find it's way through cracks, it could impact your insulation and utility bills. 
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