When it comes to big home improvement projects, the first step is usually procrastination. “I just don’t have the time to start that project,” you think. “It’ll take forever to finish,” you reason. “I’ll do it next month,” you promise. Well, we’ve got good news. The time to tackle those projects you’ve been putting off has finally arrived.
Allow us to explain: it’s September, which means the kids are back in school. Your summer adventures are over, but the rush of the holidays is still a few months away. The weather is mild enough for indoor and outdoor projects. In other words, the stars have aligned and you’re about to have the most productive fall ever.
If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry—the following list should keep you busy.
Seal Your Driveway
Asphalt, a material commonly used in driveways, is actually made up of fine stone and sand. Over time, it can begin to fade and even crack due to the effects of sun and weather. Resealing your driveway every few years can extend the life of your asphalt and improve your home’s curb appeal.
Insulate Your Attic
Most of us avoid our attics in the summertime, and with good reason—it’s hot up there! In the winter, however, that sweltering cave can quickly become an igloo. And, since heat rises, a poorly insulated attic is a surefire way to shiver your way to a sky-high electric bill. Insulate your attic while the weather is mild and look forward to your coziest winter ever.
Clean Your Carpets
Carpets should be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months, and fall is an ideal time to tackle this particular chore. Because it’s the most forgiving season, you can open your windows for ventilation and to aid the drying process. Depending on the size of your home and your ambition, rent a steam cleaner from the grocery store, or hire a pro to do your dirty work and go out to lunch instead.
Organize Your Garage
By the end of summer, most garages tend to look like a tornado hit them. Beach chairs are leaning in the corner, the grill is pushed up against a wall, and gardening tools are scattered everywhere. Now is a great time to organize all that gear and box up everything you won’t need until next spring.
Plant Some Trees
Trees are dormant during the fall, which means planting them now gives their root systems time and energy to focus on establishing themselves, rather than growing tall and producing leaves, buds, and flowers. Figure out where you’d like to add beauty and shade, but make sure to plan ahead—trees can get very big, and you want to make sure they won’t eventually interfere with electric wires or put your house, car, and swing sets at risk.
As you can see, fall is a great time to tackle many different types of home improvement projects. Not only will these projects help you enjoy your home now, they’ll also help you sell it later. When that day comes, contact Network Real Estate and we’ll make sure all your hard work pays off.