5 Essential Fall Home Improvement Projects

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It’s time to start preparing your home for the winter, and there’s no better time than fall. With cold temperatures threatening, you need to prepare your house now. Some of the prep steps involve the outdoors, so tackle them early. Here are the top five fall home improvement projects to prepare your home for winter.

1. Patch the roof

Throughout the summer, your roof probably endured high winds, heat, or severe thunderstorms. This may have aggravated it enough to cause patches to form and put your attic and ceiling at risk. Now those patches are serious concerns you need to address before they’re under the strain of higher winds and maybe snowfall and hail. Address such holes yourself, or enlist the help of a roofing professional to come out and repair them immediately.

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2. Check your heating system

Your heating system is your best friend throughout the winter. After not using it for several months, you need to make sure it still works. Run it a few times when temperatures start to drop at night and see how it heats your home. If entire rooms feel chilly, your heating system could have issues. You will need to call a heating contractor to repair it, and their costs will vary depending on the system and extent of the problem. For example, you might pay between $322 and $470 to tune up a furnace, according to HomeAdvisor. Changing your air furnace filter can save you up to $65 a year, whereas not fixing your heating system could lead to more than a thousand in a new heating system.

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3. Clean out the gutters and downspouts

Gutters allow water to flow from your roof through the downspouts and away from your foundation. If the drainage system becomes clogged by dirt, debris and leaves, it will be compromised and may allow water to damage your home. Thus, you need to find a local gutter cleaning service or climb up a ladder and carefully clean the gutters in the fall to prevent such dangers. If you want to take extra precaution, you can also cover your gutters in mesh to protect them against debris buildup.

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4. Consider upgrading your doors and windows

You might want to upgrade any single-paned windows to double-paned to better insulate your home. Double-paned windows are energy efficient, withstand cold temperatures, and pay back your investment via what you save on utility bills. You might also consider weatherproofing your doors and windows with weather stripping. You can hire a professional or do this yourself, and it will help to keep the heat in your home.

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5. Prepare your sprinkler system for winter

If you have an inground sprinkler system and live in parts of the country with harsh winters, it’s important to winterize the pipes right now. The plumbing system that runs underneath the sprinkler heads around your yard cannot handle below-freezing temperatures, so they run the risk of bursting if there’s still water in them. By contacting a lawn care professional who has a background with such systems, you can avoid replacing it next spring.

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