You might think that summertime is ideal for updating your home but fall is equally suitable. The weather is still fine until the end of October, so you should use this time to add a couple of all improvements to your property, both indoors and outdoors.
Replace weather-beaten windows
If there’s one thing we associate fall with, then that’s incessant rain. Preventing all that rainwater from getting inside your home is essential but unless the windows are watertight, this goal is impossible. Use the end of summer to replace windows that have deteriorated over time, both PVC ones and those with wooden frames.
Build a fire pit on your own
A backyard fire pit is a great fall improvement that allows you to stay outside longer during chilly October nights. There is no reason not to make the heath yourself, so as to save money and test your building abilities.
Use your property to source boulders and stone that you will place in a circle. Then place a grill bar over the fire pit’s base for safety and “barbecue” reasons. Once you’re done, all you need are marshmallows to roast deep into the night, telling stories to stay warm.
Update the gutters
They may not look like much, nor are they as exciting as a fire put but the gutters above your head ensure your property is safe against water damage. You should look to update the gutters before the rainy season starts.
Luckily, updating the gutters is fairly easy, as you can patch up tiny holes with a caulking gun. Any major failures, like a section of the gutters hanging from the roof, will require professional assistance. Keep in mind that gutters typically last two to three decades if maintained properly and cleaned regularly.
Spruce up the front door
Although the front door stands at the center of boosting curb appeal, you should spruce it up just because you feel like doing so. Buy a can of bright paint, such as yellow, light blue, green, and repaint the front door.
Fall is the ideal period of the year for this chore, as the wooden door will sustain water damage in winter. After you’re done painting the door, consider adding a door knocker or a spyhole with a chromed frame. Finally, you can add a backlight to the hose number and even alter the tune of the doorbell.
A backyard sporting venue
In fall, we all tune in to watch AFL, tennis, or basketball but why not make this season stand out by building your very own backyard sporting venue? You can choose the sport according to your athletic preferences or the actual size of your backyard.
Whether it’s a golf course, a tennis court, of a softball field, you should install LED sport floodlights to be able to play at night. Modern floodlights are remotely controlled, so your backyard will feel like a state-of-the-art sporting arena.
Rethink storage space
Since the season of scanty clothes is over, you are going to need a lot of storage space for winter jackets and thick bedsheets. Fall is the ideal time to rethink the storage capacities of your home. For instance, you might want to move the power tools from the garden shed inside the garage for safer storage.
Further on, you have the option to extend the kitchen cabinets all the way to the ceiling to gain extra storage space for bulkier items you rarely use. If your children are starting school, then the can do with drawers under their beds.
Add or repair the deck
You would be surprised by the number of homes that technically possess a deck in the back yard but it is disused due to extensive damage and poor maintenance. If this is the case with your house, use fall as an excellent period to refurbish the deck and preparing it for spring.
Changing cracked, rotten, and missing floorboards and railings should be the first step, following by painting and water-sealing the deck. If your home never had a deck addition, now is the perfect time to commission one!
If we take a closer look at a heat lost chart, we realize that the walls are the most critical area. When stripped of their insulation, they account for over a third of all energy lost! Unless you want your heating bills to skyrocket this winder, use fall as the perfect season for installing extra layers of insulation.
If your home’s walls are already well insulated, then think about insulating the attic, as heat can escape through this space as well. Finally, go down to the basement and look for unprotected hot water pipes.
These can easily freeze overnight in winter when exposed to extremely low temperatures. Coating these pipes with a thin layer of insulation will help protect you against potential water damage.
The swimming pool and seaside season might be over but this doesn’t mean that water sports are out of fashion. Updating your bathroom with a Jacuzzi or whirlpool bath is just what you need this fall! Of course, be ready for a higher energy bill in December.
The fall season presents the last opportunity for conscientious homeowners to mend stuff around the house and update the residence. Whether it’s a hot tub or a tennis field, now is the perfect time to get busy.