Working on projects around your home can be a pretty miserable task when it’s 90+ degrees out in the summer months. On the other hand, there are many projects that require you to leave your windows/doors open for ventilation, and therefore cannot be completed when it’s cold and snowing outside. Completing major projects around the house is typically less strenuous and even more enjoyable when they are completed in the fall.
Below are 5 of the best home projects to tackle this fall:
1) Clean out the gutters
Getting up on the roof and being outside all day can be miserable in the hot summer months, but you still need to make sure your gutters are not full of leaves, branches, and other debris. Making sure your gutters are clear in the fall is a good idea so that when the winter snow comes around, it can melt freely and drain properly.
2) Planting trees
Trees are dormant in the fall (and spring) so planting a tree during these seasons can be easier on the root systems. Planning is everything when it comes to deciding where to plant a tree however. Make sure to plan for how big it will get through the years as it matures, and whether or not you want it to provide shade or serve as a windbreaker.
3) Organize the garage
If you’re anything like me, the garage sometimes serves as the “catch-all” place for all the stuff you aren’t quite sure what to do with, and that sometimes makes it hard to even fit a car in there. Go through your garage in the fall and throw away or organize everything so that you can easily fit your car inside during the snowy season and not have to brush snow / ice off your windows in the mornings. Doing this in the fall will also give you a chance to make sure your snowblower is in working condition and your shovels are easily accessible.
4) Insulate your attic
If you’ve ever gone up into your attic during the summer, you probably felt like you were in a sauna. Imagine trying to complete a project in there in that kind of heat! Consider insulating your attic in the fall when the temperatures are cooler (or at least more bearable!). This is will also help keep the heat in your home when the temperatures drop below freezing, and will help save you money on your heating bill.
5) Make sure your home is sealed properly
Check around all of your exterior doors and windows inside and out to make sure that the seal is not compromised. Seal all gaps using the correct type of caulking/sealant. A silicone based product is typically the best bet because it is flexible, waterproof, and crackproof. If there are large gaps around your exterior doors, head down to your local hardware store and ask about the recommended method to fix the problem. There are all kinds of solutions designed specifically for exterior doors. Not only will this help your home stay warmer in the winter, but it’ll also decrease the amount of time your heating system needs to work, which in turn saves you money on utilities.
Have any other suggestions for home projects to do in the fall? Feel free to leave a comment below!