Fall is a great time to work on home projects that you postponed during the hot summer months. These fall home improvement projects will make your home look better and feel more comfortable. Here are 7 rewarding tasks you can do this fall.
Get Started on These 7 Home Improvement Projects
1. Upgrade Your Heating and Cooling Systems
If your HVAC system is over 15 years old, it may be time for an upgrade. HVAC systems have gotten much more efficient in recent years. As your HVAC system ages, it has to work harder to keep your home at the right temperature. Performing an upgrade will lower energy costs and prepare your home for winter.
2. Replace Your Roof
One of the more expensive fall home improvement projects is a roof replacement. Roofing contractors tend to be less busy during the fall, making it easier to schedule an appointment. If you have been making multiple repairs to your roof, it’s definitely time to have it replaced.
3. Power Washing
How many years of dirt and grime have collected on the exterior of your home? Power wash your home to remove most of that build-up. You can rent a power washer and complete this task yourself or hire a professional. It’s a relatively low-cost project that makes a significant difference for your curb appeal.
4. Replace the Windows for an Energy-Saving Home Improvement Project
Old windows are less energy-efficient. If your windows have single-pane glass or air leaks, it’s time to replace them. New windows will lower your energy bills and make the house more comfortable year-round.
5. Paint Your Exterior
An exterior paint job is a fall home improvement project that you can scale depending on your budget and needs. Painting the door is an afternoon project that gives a great return on investment. Painting the trim around the house takes a bit longer, but is well worth the time and materials. If your house’s color scheme is outdated or if the paint is in poor condition, hire a professional to give your whole home a new coat of paint.
6. Repair and Refresh the Deck
Even with routine maintenance, decks deteriorate over time. Fall is a great time to replace rotted boards and to restore the deck’s finish. While working on your deck improvements, make sure the rails are tight and secure. If the deck is in overall poor condition, it may be time to replace it.
7. Cleaning the Gutters is an Important Home Improvement Project
A simple, yet critical, home improvement project to complete twice a year is cleaning the gutters. Clogged gutters allow rainwater to pour against your foundation, causing the ground to erode and water to seep into the basement or crawl space. Clean the gutters after the leaves fall and before the snow starts. You can do this job yourself or hire a company to do the work for you.
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