There are a number of things that you have to keep on top of throughout the year as a homeowner. Minor repairs are almost always popping up, and being proactive when it comes to matters like saving energy is essential when you are the one footing the bill. Any seasoned homeowner will be able to tell you that there are certain projects that can only be tackled during particular times of the year. This means that you will have to keep an eye on the calendar if you hope to keep your home running smoothly all year long.
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Why tackle these problems in fall?
The harsher temperatures and conditions of winter make it nearly impossible to perform most exterior home improvement projects. Because of this, there are several home improvement projects that you should really look to tackle during the months leading up to winter.
If you are currently looking to get ahead of your home improvement to-do list before the extreme weather of winter arrives, here are a few things that you should prioritize this fall while you still have milder weather to work with.
· Clear Out the Garage
Throughout the course of the year, your garage has likely become a bit of a dumping ground. All of the unnecessary and unneeded items that tend to surface throughout the year tend to simply pile up in the garage before you even realize what is happening. Since winter weather typically means that you can no longer do most projects outside, you will likely want your garage back for the colder months of the year. Before winter sets in, then, you should take the time to clear out your garage and reclaim that space.
· Purchase Tools Ready for Winter
Clearing out the garage will help with this step, as it gives you a chance to check in on all essential winter equipment that you will want to use during this time of the year. You don’t want to wait until after the first major snow has fallen to discover that your snow blower isn’t working properly anymore. By purchasing all the tools you need ahead of winter, such as a snow blower, you will ensure that you won’t be left without by the time the first snowflake falls and everyone is rushing to buy their tools.
· Paint Your Exteriors
If you have been waiting for the right time to add a fresh pop of color to the exterior of your home, now is the time to do so. Once the intense heat of the summer wears off, and the milder temperatures of fall have arrived, you can paint your home’s exteriors without risking the quality of your final product.
Moreover, you won’t be able to take care of this project once the real winter weather sets in. This means that you would have to theoretically wait until spring to paint your exteriors. If you want your home looking its best for all of those holiday guests, fall is the ideal time to get painting.
· Weather Proof Windows and Doors
Your energy bill is going to take a bit of a hit this winter, no matter what you do. However, weather-proofing your windows and doors can go a long way to helping reduce the impact of winter on your energy usage.
Make sure that you caulk all windows and ensure they are properly sealed. Check the lining of your doors and windows as well to see if any replacements need to be made prior to winter.