September is the month of change: hot temperatures are cooling-off, the leaves are beginning to turn. Why not make your house a part of this change as well? This month is also the perfect opportunity for little projects you can tackle, some of which are necessary before the winter. If you’re looking for a time to get some work done without suffering the intense summer heat or winter cold, September is the perfect time of year. Here’s a list of some of the basic projects you can tackle during this time.
Winterize The Home
The best thing you can do for your home is prepare it for the winter. The colder temperatures of the season can wreak havoc on a house if you don’t properly winterize it. Thankfully, the steps required are small enough to tackle, especially since most are going to be outside. For example, you will want to be sure to blow out your sprinkler pipes so water doesn’t freeze in the winter and cause damage. You can also drain the water out of the air conditioner hoses. Inside, change the furnace filters to make sure your heater is ready for the cold. And reverse any ceiling fans you have in the home if you want to save some money on the heating bill.
Basic Maintenance And Home Repair
If you’ve been looking for a time to patch up some of the natural wear and tear on your home, September is a great time to do it. The temperature outside will be perfect for fixing some of the issues with the home’s exterior. If you have peeling paint, patch up the problem spots while the weather’s still warm. Pay attention to any cracks in the paint or seals along the windows. This can let cold air in during the winter and make your heater work overtime. Reseal these cracks using some caulk along the edges of the windows. If you’re handy with a ladder, this is also an opportunity for any minor roof repair. While you’re up there, take a look at the gutters to see if they already need a cleaning as the leaves start to fall from the trees. If the project requires anything greater than replacing a missing shingle or two, you should consider calling in a professional.
Make Some Upgrades
The older a home gets, the more repairs and upgrades it will need. Upgrades to the air conditioner, heater, appliances, or other things can be expensive but necessary. The fall is a good time to purchase summer appliances like air conditioners since they won’t be in demand. It’s also an ideal point to upgrade the heater if you would like to make your home more energy efficient during the winter. Some of these upgrades don’t have to be expensive. Small things like replacing your lights with energy-efficient bulbs can help in the long run.
Prepping Your Home
Don’t wait until it’s too late to get some basic home improvement projects done around your house. Take advantage of the changing season to make your home a better place to live. Whether you make some repairs or upgrades to the home, you will notice the effects almost immediately. You will certainly enjoy a better home during the winter. If you want additional ideas or guidance with how you can improve your home during this time, feel free to contact us. We are happy to help.