Your home has just made it through a blazing hot summer and is heading into a winter of storms, snow and ice. Sure, doing all the regular little fall fix-ups like furnace checks and gutter cleanings are always good ideas, but maybe it’s time to think big. Fall’s moderate temperatures make it the perfect time of year to take on some of the really big projects, whether you’re ready to do it yourself or hire a professional.
Checking the insulation around your windows is a great tip, but it may be that your windows are just too old or inefficient. If you notice condensation or even frost on your windows inside, it’s time to upgrade. Glass with double panes, spacers or filler gasses (like argon or krypton) will improve your home’s looks and value, and enable you to cut your energy costs all year long.
Paint is usually best applied when temperatures aren’t too hot or too cold. Repainting your house before winter hits is a great way to prolong the life of your siding and trim, and it’s a good idea to make sure any decks or other areas that may be hit with rain, ice or snow are painted or sealed. Whether you opt for a completely new coat of paint or a thorough touch up, a fresh coat of paint is a good idea. It does depend on where you live—if temperatures regularly drop below 50 degrees, you may want to wait for spring.
Your roof takes a lot of abuse, and the worst is yet to come. Winter temperatures have a way of turning small leaks into large ones, which can lead to some unfortunate events when those April showers come. Fall is a great time to have any major roof repairs – or even a complete replacement.
Repair Driveways and Walks
Like roofs, driveways and sidewalks are especially vulnerable to winter. Ice and cold temperatures play havoc with small cracks, and what’s a small gap in October can become a canyon by February. It’s a good idea to get a professional to fix those damaged areas, or even replace your concrete if it’s badly damaged.
Obviously, these are major home investments, and not everyone may have such improvements in their budgets. But if you do they are worth considering. And, because all of them help to protect the long-term structural integrity and value of your home, they’re all worth considering saving up for so you can take care of them in future years.