With summer coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about the pre-fall home maintenance that needs to be completed. For many of these tasks, the end of summer is your last chance to get them done before the cold weather arrives.
If you are not sure what you should do before the summer ends, here is our ultimate guide to home repair and improvement. Through this home renovation guide, you will learn about some of the tasks that can help you get your home ready for fall. This includes clearing your gutters, cleaning wooden yard features and windows, performing upkeep on your HVAC system, inspecting concrete surfaces, and keeping your yard looking neat.
Clear Your Gutters
Gutters play an important role in protecting your home, but they can’t do this job if they are dirty and clogged. Heading into fall, gutter maintenance should be at the top of any home improvement guide. You should clean the gutters to make sure water can flow freely, but you also want to inspect the gutters for any leaks or damage.
Getting a ladder and cleaning them by hand is one way to get the job done, but you can make the task easier by using a cordless or electric leaf blower. The air from a leaf blower can blow the muck right out of the gutters. Even better, when you have a mulcher/leaf blower accessory like the Universal Gutter Cleaning Kit, you can do the job without ever having to climb a ladder.
Wash Wood Decks and Steps
When you create your pre-fall home repair guide, you should include checking wooden decks and stairs for any necessary repairs. Check for any loose boards or damage, give the features a thorough cleaning, and consider resealing the surface.
If you want to make this job easier, you could consider using a tool like the 20V Hydroshot portable power cleaner. The pressurized spray will efficiently remove dirt and debris from a deck or set of stairs. The battery-powered design also makes it easy to use for a wide range of home improvement chores.
Maintain Your HVAC System
This is another job that should be in every home renovation guide. You are going to start using your home furnace in the fall and winter, so it’s essential that you make sure it is in good working condition for the upcoming season. With regular maintenance, you can ensure efficient operation. Doing so also has the added benefit of extending the life of the components.
For this task, you want to check, clean, and/or replace your furnace filter. If you have an outdoor compressor on your air conditioner, this is also an ideal time to clean and cover the unit for winter. Along with that, you should contact an HVAC contractor to perform an inspection and tune-up on your furnace to ensure everything is working as it should.
Wash Your Windows
Once it gets cold, cleaning the exteriors of your windows is a job that can be very unpleasant. For that reason, the end of summer offers one of the last opportunities to get the job done with less hassle and why it’s landed on our ultimate guide to home repair and improvement.
This is another task that can be made easier with the Hydroshot power cleaner. The spray makes it easy to remove tough dirt and grime from your windows, and you can save yourself even more time by adding an accessory like the Hydroshot Squeegee with Water Sprayer.
Check Driveways, Walkways and Patios
Most homeowners should also include inspecting and cleaning driveways, walkways, and patios in their home remodeling guide to-do list. Cleaning these surfaces is one part of this task, and offers yet another potential use for the Hydroshot portable power cleaner.
Beyond cleaning, you should also check all of the concrete surfaces for cracks and perform the necessary repairs. Fixing the small cracks early will prevent them from becoming bigger problems in the future. This maintenance will help to ensure a longer life for things like driveways, walkways, and patios.
Tidy Up Your Landscaping
The end of summer is also one of your last chances to clean up your landscaping and touch up your shrubs and trees. Get your battery-powered or electric hedge clippers to clean up your greenery and get them looking neat and attractive before the end of the season.
Along with tidying things up, your end of summer home improvement and repair guide should also account for any tree branches that have gotten too long, look unstable, or potentially endanger the home. If you have any tree branches that need to be removed, a tool like the 20V JawSaw Cordless Chainsaw can make doing the job safer and easier.
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