Your Question: What Are Some Home Improvement Projects That I Should Take Care of in the Fall?
Professor Tate Answers:
Home maintenance is a year-round job. It’s not something you do once and then don’t worry about ever again. If you want to make sure that your home continues to stay in good shape and does not succumb to the elements or become unappealing to prospective buyers should you decide to sell, then it’s important that you stay up-to-date with your home improvement projects.
Autumn is a great time for home improvement! There are 4 areas of home maintenance that are particularly good to address in fall.
1.) Roof Inspection.
You may not be aware of a leaky roof until autumn comes and goes, since more precipitation tends to fall in the warmer months. But waiting til the winter time to check out your roof would be a big mistake, as it could lead to very costly damage.
You’ll easily be able to identify leaky roofs simply by looking for stains on the ceilings inside your home. When you see a stain, you’ll be able to figure out the location of the leak on the roof and make the needed repairs. After a strong rainfall, inspect your ceilings for any signs of leaking. If you find any leaks, get them taken care of immediately! You do not want to let the leaks to continue into the winter months and be the subject of strong rainfall and snow.
2.) Clean the Gutters.
This job is one that you definitely don’t want to neglect. Leaving your gutters clogged with leaves and other debris could cause some serious damage to your roof, which could extend all the way inside your home. After clearing your gutters, use a hose to run water down them to make sure everything is functioning as it should.
Depending on how many trees you have around your house, this might be a job you have to do twice in the fall.
3.) Inspect Windows and Doorways.
This is something you definitely want to do before you’re in the throes of winter. During cold winter months, many homeowners turn up the thermostat, not suspecting leaks to be the issue. This can be very expensive over the course of the winter, so make sure you inspect for leaks beforehand!
On a windy fall day, place your hand by windows and your external doors to see if you can feel any drafts. Seal the cracks up as soon as possible!
4.) Clean Up Your Patio.
We love to hang out on the patio in the summertime! This can result in a lot of wear and tear on our patio furniture, cracks in sidewalks, and stains on the grill. All these things could be addressed as you’re cleaning up the patio and storing things away for the winter.
Having your projects done ahead of time will help you to avoid costly problems when winter comes.
You asked, now you know!
-Professor Reel S. Tate