Home improvement is a year-round activity and even when it’s warm, it can’t hurt to think about the future and the colder months ahead.
We all want these bright, sunny, 80° days to stick around forever, but eventually, fall is going to roam around and your home must be prepared. Whether it’s updating your roof, checking your insulation or even weather stripping your doors, there are necessary projects and/or maintenance items all homeowners must do before fall comes around.
1. Insulate the Home
Proper home insulation is the best ally to your home’s HVAC system. Homes with poor insulation create a tough working environment for your HVAC and that means higher energy costs are on the way.
So what should you insulate? You should insulate any part of the home that is connected to the outside. The most popular insulation projects include:
- Attic Insulation
- Roof Insulation
- Basement Insulation
- Wall Insulation
- Ceiling Insulation
On top of creating a warmer home, it makes sure your family stays healthy throughout the winter. Given last year’s weather, there’s no telling how cold it could get.
Did I mention proper insulation saves you money? See How Home Insulation Saves You Money.
2. Check Heating System
Sticking with HVAC, the next project all homeowners should consider before fall is checking the heating system. If you were running a marathon, you would train to make sure your body is ready for those brutal 26.2 miles. Well, the same goes for your heating system.
Many of us take warm air for granted and there is nothing worse than waking up to a frigid December morning, seeing your breath in a freezing house. That is why it’s imperative that you check and make sure your heating system is up to par. Turn it on and see if it actually warms the home. If you think it may have been on the fritz last summer, chances are, it needs some repairs.
The average price to repair a furnace is $233, but I assure you, a friendly visit from a local contractor is well worth the price of trying to sleep in a freezing household.
3. Caulk Windows
While training for that same marathon, you would drink water or Gatorade to stay hydrated. Otherwise, training would be extremely difficult. The same can be said for window leaks and your heating system.
Older windows tend to let your (paid) air outside the home. In fact, around one-third of your home’s heat loss may be caused by air leaks. Given rising gas prices, this can cause a huge strain on your heating system and your wallet. Give both an extra sip of water by caulking your windows. Caulking windows is one of the easiest and most straightforward ways of improving the energy efficiency of your home. It’s also one of the most popular ways to winterize your home.
This project can most likely wait until the middle of fall, but if you don’t complete it by October, your wallet and heating system won’t be doing you any favors.
4. Repair the Roof
Snow is heavier than rain and therefore, your roof takes a tougher beating in the winter vs. summer. That is why it’s imperative to check for any loose shingles or leaks in your roof before winter comes.
Late summer is the perfect time to repair a roof. The conditions create a warm and safe environment for your roofing contractor and some may even offer discounts depending on your timeframe.
Major roof repairs can get expensive, but according to our roof repairs cost estimator, the average price is $856. Bear in the mind, the total price will largely depend on your roof size, pitch, type and time of year.
5. Paint Your Home’s Exterior
While bathrooms and kitchens get the majority of the home remodeling attention, the very first thing all guests see is the exterior of your home. That is why exterior painting can play a huge role in the aroma or feeling you want your home to portray.
Exterior painting can change the look of the home and greatly increase your curb appeal. For obvious reasons, this kind of update can not be completed in the winter (if it can, it’s expensive) and the end of summer is the perfect time to get out the paint buckets.
Of course, there are always local painting pros ready to tackle the project for you. Click here to receive up to four free estimates from local painting professionals.
6. Add A Fence
A fence serves many functions. It can provide a protective barrier to the home, prevent your dogs from running off, separate your land from your neighbors and even protect your kids as they spend time outdoors. Either way, a fence is a welcomed and terrific project any homeowner can and should undertake before fall.
Before you add a fence, you must consider the time and money that goes into permits, utility lines, materials, fence types and sheer strength for installing a fence. Before installing your own fence, be sure to read our fence installation tips.
It never hurts to look ahead and home improvement is no different. By completing or at least considering these six home improvement projects, you will undoubtedly save money and/or increase your curb appeal for years to come.