Whether you’re a new homeowner looking for a fall home improvement checklist, or you’re an old time homeowner that just wants a fall to-do list for your home in order to remember everything that needs to be done, you can find what you’re looking for here. These five projects will improve your home and also boost its value. Check them out!
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” - Benjamin Franklin
Repair or Replace Your Roof
I know this project usually comes as home maintenance, but we can also have it as home improvement - and one that will boost your home’s value! If your roof has leaks or gaps, those will create a huge problem once fall rains start, even worse when the first frost comes.
On the other hand, if your roof is already old, consider getting it replaced instead of just repairing those gaps. Investing on it now will prevent headaches in the future, and cut down maintenance costs. A new roof is great to boost your curb appeal, too.
Repair Driveway Cracks
No matter how small a crack may be, once a winter frost get to it, they’ll become much worse. So, getting them fixed before that happens is a important thing on a fall home improvement checklist. Not only the driveway, but also walkways or any hardscape features you have in your home.
A driveway repair service costs about $815 in Austin, TX, while in Portland, TX it costs an average of $797. Since prices can vary from city to city, you’ll need a local professional to give you a more accurate estimate.
Plant a Tree
This may sound weird at first, but the reason fall is a great time to plant trees is because they’re dormant during the season. That way, when you plant a tree during fall, it allows their roots to grow and settle before the ground freezes. Once the hot weather comes again, the tree you’ve planted this time of the year will then start growing much stronger.
More than that:
If you plant it with the right planning, a tree can help you save energy by blocking cold winds in the winter and providing shade during summer.
Check the Heating System
Everything you do to improve your home during fall has an ultimate goal: getting your home ready for winter! Checking the heating system is a part of that as well, you’ll want to:
- Have a professional check the furnace
- Inspect for any cracks, rust, or other damages
- Look for leakages, holes, or blockages
In addition to that, you can consider updating your whole heating system for a more energy-efficient one, to shrink your energy bill.
Inspect and Clean the Fireplace
Along with inspecting the fireplace to make sure it’s working properly, you also need to have it cleaned it completely, both inside and out. Contact a professional to do this service, to help keep a safer home by preventing chimney fires.
Bonus: take this opportunity to give your living room a new look as well. You could paint the fireplace a new color or invest in a new built-in fireplace seat!
Get your home inspected and find out what work your home needs this fall - get a free quote here!
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