Fall is here and it is the perfect time to tackle those home improvement projects you’ve been wanting to get to before winter hits. There is something about the changing of the leaves that gets in the mood to organize the garage, clean the house, and prepare for winter. Here are some fall home improvement projects for your weekends.

Checklist of Fall Home Improvement Projects

Paint the Exterior

A fresh coat of paint will make your house look brand new. If you want to repaint, do it while the weather is still nice so the paint has enough time to dry. If you don’t have the budget or time to repaint, pressure-wash your home to freshen up the exterior.

Clean the Gutters

Cleaning your rain gutters removes debris and dead leaves that would clog the downspouts. Water damage can occur when gutters don’t drain properly. Make sure they are clear and free from leaves so water can flow away from the home instead of damaging the roof, siding, or foundation.

Fall Home Improvement Projects Include Preparing Your Deck

Prepare your deck for winter by cleaning it. A pressure-washer will may quick work of this task. Check your deck for any cracks or splintering wood. Sand or replace damaged boards and seal the deck to lock out moisture. Empty and store any planters or pots that might crack from the cold. Store them in your garage or garden shed for the winter. Clean and cover any patio furniture. Bring any cushions and the patio umbrella indoors during bad weather.

Inspect the Roof

The roof is a vital part of your home’s structure. It should be inspected yearly along with your furnace and chimney. The tiles or shingles should all be intact with no holes that could allow rainwater to seep in.

Check all Smoke Detectors

You should test your smoke detectors monthly, especially if your home has a fireplace or furnace. Make sure they are working and replace the batteries at least twice a year. If you have carbon monoxide detectors, you should check them as well. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies.

Check and Seal Windows as One of Your Fall Home Improvement Projects

Windows can let in cold air if they are not properly sealed. Apply fresh caulk around all of your windows to keep the cold air out and the warm air inside. If you have storm windows, make sure they are clean and in working order.

Check Your Portable Heaters

No matter what type of heating system you have, it should be inspected and prepared for use. Space heaters used in your living spaces should be examined for signs of damage and discarded if faulty. Clean space heaters well before using them for the first time.

The beginning of fall is a great time to start your preparations for the colder winter weather. Your home will be warm and cozy with a bit of work in the fall.

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