Five Hot Exterior Home Improvements
Spring isn’t the only time to spruce up your house. This fall, take the opportunity to look around your exterior and make some improvements before you get cooped up inside for the winter. So what exterior improvements should be at the top of your honey-do list this fall? Here are our top 5!
Get gutter protection
We’re not just listing this as number one because we’re the gutter protections experts. You really should check this off your list as early in the fall as possible so that you can enjoy the whole season clog-free.
If you want gutter protection perfection, our LeafFilter system is the product you need to be looking in to. LeafFilter it completely enclosed – no holes, no slits, no channels – meaning leaves stay out, and only water gets in.
Prune trees and bushes
Look up at your trees and check out your shrubs. Do you see dead branches, rotting sections, or insect infestations? Then you’re at serious risk for damage this winter when the heavy snow and ice begins building up. A falling branch could knock out a power line, or a tree could snap in half and land on your roof. Take preventative action now and have your trees and branches pruned.
We don’t advise climbing on a ladder to reach those high branches, so if you’ve got some tall trees and bushes that need a good haircut, you should hire a barber…ahem…I mean a professional tree trimmer to do the job for you.
Winterize your lawn
First, you’ll need to identify the type of grass you have. If it’s a cool-season variety, fall is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn. Go to your local home improvement store and ask which type of winter fertilizer is best for your type of lawn. Then, pick a time to put it down right before a steady rain is forecasted so that it can wash into your lawn.
The reason this is so effective is because, before going dormant for the winter, this type of grass prepares for the freeze by storing all its nutrients in the roots. When the warm spring weather hits next year, you’ll have a luscious green lawn because it’s got all the nutrients it needs to kick start its growth right away!
Fix cracked sidewalks and driveway
The freeze and thaw of the changing seasons is not good for sidewalks and driveways (or anything made of concrete, brick, or stone for that matter). This is doubly true if they’re cracked or chipping. Water will seep into those weak spots, and expand when frozen. As you can imagine, this just make cracks even bigger. By the spring, you may have to pay a pretty penny to fix your crumbling sidewalk and driveway. Or, you could take preventative measures now to save yourself some money. Cement filler isn’t terribly expensive, and it’s a very quick DIY fix.
If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you could also seal your sidewalks and driveway. This is a great project to tackle during that one unseasonably warm weekend that comes around each fall.
Check outside water supplies and turn off by the end of the season
This task should be the very last thing you check off your list this fall. You probably still have fall flowers to water or cars to wash before Jack Frost comes to visit. So, feel free to leave your outside water sources on until temperatures reach near freezing – just don’t forget about it or wait too long!
Your shutoff valve should be inside your house. Turn this clockwise to shut the outside water off. Then, go outside and make sure all faucets are completely drained of leftover water. You may also want to install insulation caps to further safeguard your pipes from freezing this winter.
Have you checked anything off this list already this fall? Tell us about it! Is there something else on your honey-do list this fall? We want to hear about that too!