The leaves are changing, and the weather is getting cooler, but now is the perfect time to tackle some home improvement projects.
From painting to power washing, there are several things you should do this fall to make your home look its best.
Paint the Door
A freshly painted door can significantly increase the curb appeal of your home, especially when the job is well done. Fall is the perfect time to give your front door a fresh coat of paint since the weather isn’t too hot.
The mild weather of fall allows for quicker curing time on paint plus you won’t have to beat the summer heat to get the job done!
After the heat of summer and rains that spring brings, fall is a great time to power wash your home to give it a nice shine.
If you decide to DIY this project yourself, be sure to use the proper solution and settings for your home. Otherwise, you could damage the mortar and stone of your home or chip the paint.
Replace the Windows
Single pane windows are one of the biggest contributors to cold drafts in the cooler months since they insulate your home poorly. Consider replacing single-pane with double pane windows. While this won’t be an improvement project you can visually see, it will save money on your energy bills.
If you aren’t going to replace your windows, fall is the best time to caulk them and your doors for better insulation.
Improperly sealed windows and doors can allow water, bugs, and drafts to enter your home through small cracks and crevices that are difficult to see.
Wooden stairs, decks, and railings should be repaired in the fall. Ice and snow can do a number on wood, so repairing and sealing the wood aspects of your home before winter hits will help prevent damage.
When water gets into the small crevices in wood and freezes, it expands which creates larger cracks you’ll have to fix later on.
Painting the exterior of your home is beneficial for more than just looks.
A fresh coat of paint helps seal the exterior from the coming cold and wet weather of winter.
A new coat of paint also helps protect the wooden aspects of your home. Fall is a great time to do this since the weather is mild and the crisp, cool air helps the curing process of paint.
Paint Your Bedroom
If it’s been a while since your room had a new coat of paint, fall is a great time to do so. Grab a color that will give you feelings of happiness and warmth so you can beat the winter blues in your newly painted bedroom.
Prep the Fireplace
If you have a fireplace, it should be regularly maintained. Each year before you put it to use, you should have the chimney cleaned.
Using your fireplace without getting the chimney cleaned poses a serious fire hazard so if it has been at least a year since you had it all serviced, you should do so this fall so it is safe and ready for winter.
Enclose the Patio
Harsh winter winds shouldn’t deter you from enjoying your patio year-round. Enclosing your patio will give you access to it year-round without being exposed to the elements of the seasons.
While you can do this project yourself if you have some knowledge of building, it is best left to the professionals so you can get the job done right.
Examine the Floors
If you have hardwood floors, the humidity from summer can cause wear and tear. With the busy holiday seasons approaching, you’ll want to repair your floors before you have a house full of guests.
Scratched and dull boards can simply be sanded and refinished, but major damage may call for replacing the board entirely.
While these home improvement projects can be completed at any time of the year, fall presents the best environment for them. There’s no heat of summer to deal with and you’ll beat the cold days of winter.
Many of these projects serve to better prepare your home for winter as well, such as inspecting your fireplace and cleaning the chimney.
Fall is also a great time to replace your single pane windows with double-pane windows to reduce energy costs and insulate your home.
Beat the winter blues with a fresh coat of paint in the bedroom and increase the curb appeal of your home by painting your front door.
Complete these projects and your home will look its best for the upcoming holiday season.