Fall is the best time of year for apple picking, enjoying everything pumpkin spiced, wearing cozy sweaters, and taking in the changing leaves. But, fall is also the ideal time to get your hands dirty and finish the home improvement tasks you put off over the summer.
Temperatures are perfect and you have the perfect time frame to prepare your home for the upcoming colder months. And, if you plan on selling land in the fall of next year, tackle these DIY home improvement projects now and have your property in its best shape when listing.
Paint Your Front Door
A newly painted door will make your property stand out from the neighborhood and attract the attention of buyers. Fall is typically the best time to complete this task because exterior painting should be done when the temperature is at least 50 degrees and doesn’t drop below 40 at night. This makes it possible for the paint to adhere correctly and keeps it from freezing before it has dried completely.
Protect Your Perennials
Perennial plants add color and visual appeal to your landscape, so you’d want to protect them from the harsh winter weather. The best way to do that is to apply mulch among the beds. With the correct quantity of mulch, perennial plants have a far better chance of surviving the cold months. Mulch also deters hungry animals from entering.
Caulk the Windows and Doors
Unsealed or inadequately sealed windows and doors give nooks and crannies that water, insects, and drafty breezes adore. Exterior caulking and sealing is a project that won’t provide an apparent cosmetic return, but it can help you save money on your heating during the colder seasons and on cooling throughout the warmer months.
Repair the Deck
Although professionally built decks can last for many years, it’s a good idea to check the structure once a year to make sure it’s in a good condition. Doing this will help keep you safe during winter’s frost and guarantee you have a lovely outside area to show the potential real estate buyers. Once the hot days are over, clean the patio and, if necessary, re-stain or refinish it. Moreover, be on the lookout for issues like rotten or wobbly posts, weak post connections, and ledger boards that aren’t firmly connected. The majority of deck repairs are simple and inexpensive. Maintaining the deck will make the current property appear better and provide potential home buyers with ideas for how they can use the area.
Clean Out the Gutters
Make sure there aren’t too many leaves in your gutters this fall. Even though this project isn’t at the top of many homeowners’ “favorite to-do” lists, the colder fall weather is the best time to complete it. Additionally, if you time it correctly, you may be able to clear your gutters right before the last of the leaves fall, leaving them spotless until spring.
Trim Diseased Trees and Bushes
The last thing you want during a windstorm is for branches to strike your home. So examine the nearby trees and shrubs, and remove any low-hanging or diseased branches to prevent further harm. However, wait until your shrubs and trees are fully dormant — after winter or early spring — to undertake your yearly pruning because trimming encourages new growth.
Repaint Exterior Walls
A new paint job is a simple and reasonably priced DIY project. Pressure wash the walls first to ensure the best coverage, and then fix any cracked areas and smudged paint. Liven up the visual appeal and improve the overall outdoor experience of your property by choosing trendy colors like warm whites and creams or vibrant greens.
Replace the Fence
If your property is surrounded by a wooden fence, check to see if any of the boards are damaged. If the fence is made of metal, give it a new coat of paint. Cover the damaged areas with primer and paint after cleaning the fence with a rust converter and wire brush. Even if making minor improvements to the white fence appears to be a small change, the effects can be enormous and noticeable right away.
When you decide to sell your property, even the simplest property updates can help you highlight the home’s full splendor to potential buyers. Tackling these DIY projects this fall can help you prepare your home for sale and maximize your profits.