It’s fall – hooray!! Have you started on any home projects yet? If not, check out these home projects for fall.
This list will help you cruise through the season and get things done, before they actually need to be done (hello, time management!).
Let me know if you have any to add to the list. In the meantime, here are 6 home projects for fall:
Clean Your Gutters
Are you having any issues with waterflow around your home? Consider cleaning your gutters! During the fall months, more leaves will fall and this will cause your gutters to become even more clogged.
Before this happens and any potential leaks arise, get them cleaned out!
Add Window Coverings
Brrr – it’s getting chilly! One way to boost the heat in your home without spending money on gas or electricity? Add window coverings!
Not only does this add a cozy look into your home, but it will help you save and keep heat within your home.
It really is a win-win. There are some affordable window coverings at Target and sometimes you can even snag a great deal at Home Goods.
Have Your Chimney Sweeped
If you have a fireplace, proper chimney cleaning is an important task to add to your home winterization checklist.
“If your chimney has not been inspected or cleaned this past year, the very best time to do so is now, before the heating season,” says Marshall Peters, director of the Certified Chimney Professionals.
Fireplaces produce deposits which are combustible and can burn at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Peters. This is hot enough to destroy the chimney liner and even set your home on fire.
That is why having your chimney inspected and sweeped is so very important each fall and/or winter. Make sure you get it done before the cool weather hits!
Service Your Lawn Mower
If you have a lawn mower that you used in the spring and summer months, make sure that you get it serviced if you do not use it in the winter! Doing so will help preserve the life of the mower.
You can also add a gas stabilizer which helps, as well. Make sure when you are doing that, that you let it completely run out of gas.
Now is a fantastic time to buy! Interest rates are relatively low thanks to the economy, and a lot of people are trying to sell their homes quickly. If you are wanting to move to a new location, or if you just want to lower your mortgage payment (or move to a larger house!), now is the time.
Find a great realtor (like Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, Erin E. King MBA), list your home, and start house hunting. If you are looking in a market such as the Ortega historic real estate, Erin is the PRO for you. He is so knowledgeable when it comes to historic real estate in the Jacksonville area and he will make the process seamless!
Winterize Your Driveway and Sidewalk
Most people don’t give their driveway a second thought when winterizing the home.
However, snow, ice and salt can take its toll on concrete and asphalt surfaces. Make sure they’re ready to be put to the test with these tips for winterizing your driveway:
- Pull Weeds: If grass or weeds have sprung up throughout your driveway or sidewalk, pluck them out before fixing and sealing the gaps.
- Repair Cracks: During the winter, water can collect in and worsen existing cracks in concrete and asphalt. Use concrete caulk to patch hairline cracks and concrete sealer to fix larger gaps. For cracks in asphalt driveways, applying asphalt crack sealer will do the trick.
- Seal Expansion Joints: It’s important to seal concrete expansion joints with polyurethane caulk prior to wintertime to prevent water from seeping in and freezing.
- Clean and Seal the Surface: Before the temperatures drop below 40 degrees, pressure wash your driveway and seal it with a concrete or asphalt sealer to prevent damage from snow and salt.