Just like that the consistent warmth of summer is starting to fade away, and you’re starting to see pumpkins EVERYWHERE! That can only mean one thing, it’s officially about to be Fall. While that definitely makes some of us very excited for the upcoming festivities like visits to the apple orchards, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches, as well as seeing the leaves change, there are definitely some projects that should be done around the house before winter arrives.
- Touch Up your Exterior Paint: Even though summer might be on its way out, there will still be plenty of days left warm enough to do some touch ups on your exterior paint before it becomes too cold outside. Take a look at any areas that will inevitably become covered with snow and add a fresh coat of sealer or paint.
- Don’t Forget to Pressure Wash: While you’re working on your home’s exterior, you might as well bring out the pressure washer and get rid of any dirt, mildew, and grime that has built up in the warmer temperatures. Since there will be more moisture to come, it’s a good idea to get ahead of the game.
- Get the Carpets Cleaned: It’s likely that during the summer your home was in a constant state of comings and goings. With lots of time spent outdoors, there was probably a fair amount of dirt tracked in and across the floors. Since winter time is generally a time when most people like to be indoors to stay warm, what better time to get the carpets back to their cleanest? Plus opening the windows will still be a possibility to help them dry quicker since there are still a few warm days left in the year.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat: It’s a given that programmable thermostats save money no matter the time of year, but utility bills always seem to skyrocket in the winter time, and it’s never easy to swallow the one following the first cold snap of the season. Don’t forget that you can use these thermostats to adjust the temperature for while you’re at work during the day, while you’re asleep, and even when you’re planning to be home and indoors on the weekends, looking to stay extra toasty.
- Fix Any Cracks in Your Driveway or Walkway: In preparation for the inevitable snow and ice headed your way this winter, make sure that all cracks in your driveway or walkway are repaired before these conditions arrive. When moisture gets trapped underneath cracked cement, it only makes matters worse when it expands. Adding additional uneven conditions to an already slippery state can cause a serious accident.