There’s something about the crisp, fresh, fall Windsor & Essex County air that puts homeowners in the mood to DIY. No one likes to do physical labour in the hot summer months and winter can often bring with it many burdens for home owners. Completing DIY projects in the fall will make everything less strenuous and more enjoyable so what are you waiting for?
1. Clean The Gutters
When it comes to maintaining your home, getting moisture away from the foundation is key. Cleaning your gutters and checking your downspouts to make sure water is being funneled away from the house is an important fall project. Clogged gutters in the winter can allow ice to build up and cause damage that could have been avoided with the proper maintenance. In the spring, you want your gutters running free and clear, so take the time to clean them out in the fall as soon as all the leaves are off the trees.
2. Organize The Garage
There’s a good chance that right now, your garage is full of bicycles, beach supplies, lawn tools and barbecue gadgets. So many people can’t even use their garage for a vehicle because the space is ultimately used as storage for other items. There are so many great, affordable organization systems you can purchase to tame the clutter and this is the time to get it all organized. Opt for sturdy shelving, hooks and bike racks on the ceiling and when you’re done organizing, take advantage of the mild fall weather to make a run to the dump and rid yourself of any unnecessary junk before it builds up again.
While you’re in the garage organizing everything, take the opportunity to check out your winter accessories. Make sure that snowblowers, shovels and snow brushes are all good to go for the first snowfall and easy to access when the season changes. It’s much easier to buy any necessary replacements before the snow starts to fall and the weather becomes more treacherous.
3. Become Energy Efficient
Silicone caulking around windows, doors, and siding is a simple, inexpensive way to save some money. It’s flexible, waterproof and crackproof so you won’t have to do the job multiple times a year just to have the desired effect. This is something you do on the outside of your home and since the caulk won’t take well if the temperature drops below 40, fall weather is ideal. You want to keep warm air in and cold air out or your money is being wasted! Not sure how to check for issues? Experts recommend lighting an incense stick and walking around the inside of your home. When you walk past a spot where the smoke starts to blow, you know you’ve got a gap that needs fixing.
What DIY projects do you have planned for the fall?