As you prepare for the fall and winter, a few DIY fixes could be all you need to keep your home well-insulated and damage-free as temperatures drop. Making sure your windows and doors are sealed properly, fixing and cleaning the gutters, repairing holes in the roof and other small repair projects can help to keep your family safe and secure this season, and also ensure that your home doesn’t lose a lot of its value. If you’re on a tight budget, you don’t even need to hire a contractor to do the repair work for you.
Flex your home improvement skills and get started on any of these fall home repairs that will save you time and money in the long-run:
Insulating Windows and Doors
Make sure you have enough insulation around your windows and doors. Heat can seep out of your home very quickly when the windows and doors aren’t properly insulated, and you may feel a draft during storms and windy days if the insulation is damaged. Always check gaskets to ensure a tight seal. I’ve found affordable insulation kits and supplies at my local home improvement store, and these come with step-by-step instructions. You can easily complete this DIY project within a few hours.
Installing Storm Windows
Replace your windows with storm windows to trap in hot air and improve insulation. Storm windows are available in aluminum, wood and other designs, and will fit easily into your window frame so that you don’t lose heat. This will help to keep your energy bill low all winter long.
Cleaning the Gutters
Cleaning out the gutters is one of the most important fall home improvement repair projects, because the weight of wet leaves can cause gutters to crack. If leaves remain stuck in the gutters and freeze over winter, they may cause unnecessary water buildup and can also damage the gutters and roof. Make sure your gutters are completely clean before the snow and ice come your way.
Testing or Changing the Thermostats
If you change your regular thermostat to a programmable one, you may qualify for an energy credit and tax deduction at the end of the year. Make sure all of your thermostats are working correctly, and consider replacing them by yourself to save some money on next year’s tax bill.
Checking for Pests
If you’re not already paying for pest control services, you’ll need to make sure that your attic, basement and other parts of your home are free of mice, termites and other pests. Clean out your basement and attic, check all of the cupboards and shelves in your kitchen, clear up closets and use pest control sprays, traps and other supplies to keep pests at bay. Any pests roaming around your house before fall and winter will likely stay there all season long, so the earlier you can catch them, the better.