Late Summer Home Improvement
We’re in the last month of summer, meaning that it’s not too soon to do some work to get your home ready for winter. These tasks are much easier and enjoyable before the cold weather hits, so it’s beneficial to do these now in late summer or early fall.
You want to clean all the dust and pollen that has likely collected on your windows throughout the spring and summer. Additionally, you want to check your screens on the windows. Make sure the screens don’t have any holes and are strong.
You also want to check to see if all your window seals are working as they should. If you put your hand near your window, test if there is anywhere you feel a draft. If you do, that means you want to fix this area, as currently, you’re paying for energy to escape outdoors.
If you are replacing any windows, windows that are double or triple-paned are more energy efficient, something that saves you money over time, even though they may cost a little more upfront. Replacing windows is one of those jobs that is typically best left to a professional in the field.
You obviously need your drain to work right all year long. Use the end of summer as an excuse to clean every drain in your house, and keep the drains in good, working condition for the next months to come.
Check to see if this is plugged. If it is, doing laundry is much more expensive. Therefore, you want to clean out the vent or the dryer hose.
Exterior of your House
Throughout the season, your house has likely collected quite a lot of dirt, pollen, and other debris. Power washing the exterior of your house can help keep your house looking great. Power washing your home or deck will remove mold, mildew, buildup, dirt, and more; it can make surfaces appear new once again. If you are power washing a deck, you want to make sure to use the right amount of pressure, not too much or too little. Too much pressure can damage your deck.
Additionally, the end of summer and the beginning of fall are both great times to do painting if you have any areas outdoors that need to be painted. You just want to choose a cooler day, so the paint can dry properly.
Late summer or early fall is when you want to clean out your gutters, especially before the heavy snow of winter arrives and weighs down your gutters.
You want to clean out your gutters of all debris. Wet leaves are a major culprit of clogging drains. Safety is important as you proceed with this, so be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands. After you clean out the gutters, rinsing them with the hose helps ensure they are entirely clear.
As you clean them out, it is also a good idea to inspect them. You want to make sure there is no corrosion, leaking or loose joints, or missing/bent hangers.
If you need a new roof, now is the time to do it. You don’t want to wait until the gold sets in. Replacing a roof is very costly, so you only want to do it if you for sure need it. Be sure to use a contractor you trust.
If you don’t have a fire pit, now can be a great time to install one. You’ll likely find that you’ll get a lot of use out of one in the chillier fall months. You can build one yourself or buy one. However you decide to proceed, you will want to set up the area to your liking.
If you have an open porch, you could consider getting more use out of it by enclosing it, thus making it available for yourself all year round. The costs all depend on whether you do it yourself or hire a professional. However, you first need to consider things like the type of windows you want or how you want the final porch to look.
While this isn’t an exhaustive list, this is a good starting place as you set about starting any end of summer or early fall home improvement projects. Do your research, and decide which will benefit your home best.
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