Summer is winding down and the light scent of fall is in the air. With all the hustle and bustle of weekend little league games, barbecues, and family picnics, you may not have had time to check off all the items on your summer home improvement to-do list. However, you still have time before fall settles in and brings cooler weather to get something done so you can feel accomplished. Here are some easy outdoor summer projects you can complete while summer is still here.
Do an Assessment
Start your outdoor home improvements by doing a quick assessment of your home. There are plenty of quick, easy projects you can complete that can make your home look nicer and prepare you for cooler weather. If you have a pressure washer, you can use it to give your walkways and home’s exterior and windows a nice wash. Before you get started, however, make sure you ready your pressure washer’s manual to be sure you don’t turn the settings up too high or you could risk doing damage to your home.
If your home is sided, check to see if there are any cracks, gaps, or damage to your siding. If you notice anything that could use a little sprucing up, do a quick siding repair to keep your home protected from critters who may want to infiltrate your home when cooler weather arrives.
Check around your home’s windows for any gaps and caulk them as needed to keep cool fall drafts where they belong– outside your home. Summer is also a great time to check for cracks in your concrete walkways or your driveway and have them repaired and sealed before cooler weather arrives and makes them worse.
Repair Fencing and Decks
A great summer home improvement help project is to give your fence and deck quick inspection to check for any damage or warped wood. A hammer and nails can easily fix most surface issues and a fresh coat of paint will give it a refreshed, renewed look.
Close up Your Pool
If you have a pool, you’ll want to get it cleaned and serviced before closing it up for the summer. If you notice any tears or sagging in the liner you’ll want to get it replaced before letting it sit through the winter, where cold weather can make it worse.
Clean Your Gutters
Gutters are one of the most neglected items around the home and should be given more attention. They protect your foundation from water damage by diverting water away from your home when it rains. Grab a ladder and clean out your gutters by sweeping away and debris that may be trapped in them.
Keep Pests Away
When the weather is cold, critters are more likely to want to find a place to keep warm and dry. Prevent unwanted pests by sweeping away debris that may have accumulated around your home, closing up your garden, which pests see as a source of food, and making sure and holes or openings around your home are sealed off.
Cold weather can wreak havoc on plants and trees, especially if they aren’t properly cared for. Prep the landscaping around your home for cooler weather by trimming back the branches on trees, removing unwanted weeds from around your home, making sure your trees mulched or wrapped up to preserve their roots and branches, and ensuring your yard is properly irrigated so your plants and trees can receive the necessary nutrients.
Put Away Furniture
Keep your lawn furniture in good shape by putting them in storage for the winter or protecting them with furniture covers. Give your grill one last cleaning and pack it safely away where it won’t be exposed to the elements, which can cause rusting.
These quick, easy home improvement projects can be completed in plenty of time for fall and don’t require a big budget. If you have a few basic tools lying around the home, you should be able to complete them in a weekend.