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Monday, August 26, 2019

Fall Home Improvement Projects

Now that summer’s coming to an end, you can start planning the home improvement projects you want to tackle in the fall. Cooler temperatures make fall the perfect season for all those chores around the house you didn’t quite finish (or even start!) because of the summer heat. Take advantage of the nice fall weather to work on indoor and outdoor home improvement projects before winter starts.

Indoor Home Improvement Projects

Building materials are at their best when installed in moderate temperatures: Too much heat cause building materials like wood to expand, leading to misaligned joins during construction, while cold and wet weather causes materials to rust and corrode. Plan your construction work during the fall season to make sure all building materials stay sturdy and strong.  

Now that it’s neither too hot nor too cold to open your windows, the extra ventilation also makes cleaning with harsh chemicals safer, and you won’t have to sweat through the following tasks when you start them in tolerable temps.

Clean the Carpets

all your windows to make the chemicals in carpet cleaners clear out faster. The cool air will help dry your carpets, too.

Replace Windows

Prepare for the cold Boston winter by installing energy-efficient windows that keep chilly drafts from entering your home. Glass with multiple panes, spacers, or filler gasses will prevent frost from gathering on your windows, keeping your interior warm in freezing temperatures.

Add Insulation

Like ineffective windowpanes, thin insulation lets more cool air inside your house than you want. Add insulation to the attic (aim for a depth of 10 to 14 inches) to make sure your home keeps warm air in and cold air out. A home energy audit can show you where you need to add caulking and weather stripping too.

Check Your Furnace

Effective furnaces prevent pipes from freezing or bursting in extremely cold weather. Check your furnace to make sure it’s in good working condition.

Fireplace Repair

Hire an experienced chimney sweep to check your hearth for creosote and chimney blockages so you can safely huddle around the fire this winter.

Outdoor Home Improvement Projects

Outdoor improvement projects are just as important as the indoor ones! Take advantage of the crisp fall air and complete the following projects before heavy rain and snow make working outside nearly impossible.

Power Washing

Power wash the outside of your house before moving on to painting or any other exterior repairs. You’ll prevent mold and make your home look extra sharp—you might not even need to paint the exterior after giving it a good wash.

Exterior Paint

If you do decide to apply a new coat of paint, you’ll not only polish your house but protect its siding and trim too. Put a fresh coat of paint over areas that will be covered in snow to prevent water from seeping through.

Roof Repair

Investigate your roof to make sure small leaks don’t turn into big ones come winter. Experienced roof crews can assess leaks and fix them properly so everything inside of your house stays dry.

Check Up on Gutters, Driveways, and Sprinklers

Heavy rain and snow can negatively impact your gutters, driveways, and sprinklers if they’re not in good shape. Take a good look at your gutters to make sure they’re not clogged with debris—you can install mesh guards over them to keep water from overflowing. You should also fix cracks in your driveway and sidewalk so they don’t expand in freezing temperatures. Lastly, hire a plumber to winterize your sprinkler systems to prevent freezing and bursting.

Tackling Fall Home Improvement Projects

Fall is the perfect time to get your house in great shape before long winter months get in the way. Roll up your sleeves, bust out the toolbox, and finish all those chores you put off during the fun summer season. With a little bit of hard work, and maybe some help from professionals, your home will look great and stay comfortable in harsh winter weather.

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