7 Easy Fall Home Improvement Projects for New Homes
Fall is the time of the year to enjoy picking apples and other fall fruit, and to admire the beautiful red, green and golden foliage. It’s also the perfect time of year for starting home improvements for new homes. Sometimes, the most necessary home improvement projects come down to the right timing. And the arrival of the fall season is the perfect time for starting projects that will keep new homes looking their best throughout the winter. Here are some timely projects you can start to tackle this fall.
Spruce up the Entryway of New Homes
If you’re looking to give the front of your home a new look, one of the most dramatic ways to do this is to fix up your entryway. You can add new potted plants that show off the fall colors. Adding decorations or DIY artwork is always a great way to make new homes look unique and special. For the most dramatic effect, try re-painting your front door, or adding a screen door.
Refresh (or Repair) the Deck
If you have a deck or porch, the fall is the perfect time to refresh it and make it look brand new. You can clean your porch and deck furniture, and clean any major stains on or around the deck itself. Check both your furniture and your deck or porch for any needed repairs from your outside summer adventures. Once you have cleaned your outdoor furniture, you can cover and store it, along with your barbecues, in a more protected area. Also, check and be sure to empty soil from unused pots and planters. The dirt left in clay pots may freeze in the harsh winter weather. Freezing will cause the pots to become brittle, and crack from the pressure of the expanding ice.
Clean, Repair and Protect Your Gutters
The gutters of most homes can divert hundreds of gallons of water each year. The fall season is a good time to inspect and clean the drainage system of new homes. An even better plan would be to take the time and protect your gutters. Adding mesh guards to keep leaves and other debris from causing blockages in the first place is a great idea. Be sure to hire a professional to check and clean your gutters if you’re unsure about doing it by yourself.
Check the Insulation of New Homes
The fall is also a great time to check your insulation. Inspecting the insulation, caulking, and general condition of the exterior of new homes at least once per year can ensure that you won’t have any major heating leaks. Checking your attic in the fall is an especially good idea since it will be a lot cooler than on a hot summer day. Also, take the time to inspect your windows, and re-caulk them if needed. A good trick you can use to test where you need to caulk is to walk around the interior of the house with a lighted incense stick. If the smoke from the incense starts blowing around unexpectedly, you’ll know that is an area that has a draft and needs a little extra caulking.
Take Time to Winterize Your Faucets and Sprinklers
Most exterior plumbing in colder climates, with temperatures below freezing, needs to be winterized. By preparing your exterior plumbing for the cold season, you will prevent it from freezing and possibly bursting. If you need help, a professional plumber can make quick work of winterizing all your exterior plumbing. Winterizing more complex plumbing in new homes, such as sprinkler systems or water features, is usually best left to a professional.
Ready the Fireplace for the Upcoming Winter
To help prepare for the upcoming winter, it is a good idea to have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor. Properly serviced and clean heating systems will use fuel much more efficiently, last longer overall, and have fewer problems in the long run. While you’re at it, you can also get your fireplace in working order, if you have one. Start by cleaning out any old soot from prior uses, and it is also a good idea to check the fireplace to make sure it is in proper working order.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fan to Remove Cold Air
A good project for the fall is to change the direction of your ceiling fans. By doing so, you will create an upward draft that redistributes the warm air from the ceiling. Another key step to help keep the air clean and clear is to inspect and clean your dehumidifiers. A dirty dehumidifier water tank is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and spores. To reduce the risk of unclean moisture misting out into your room, make sure to check your dehumidifier regularly during the heating season.
Great Tips to Keep New Homes Looking their Best Through Winter
By starting early, you’ll be sure that your home is as properly prepared as other new homes can (and should) be. Of course, when you purchase a quality quick delivery home from a reputable company like Chetty Builders, it makes sense to keep it in top condition. After all, with new homes as beautiful as the quick move-in homes of Chetty Builders, who wouldn’t want their homes looking like brand new? With these tips, it’s easy to keep new homes in top condition, even as fall fades and wintertime approaches.
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