Give Your Home a Fall Makeover

Give Your Home a Fall Makeover
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    Now that September is upon us, the days will be getting shorter and the temperatures will begin to drop.

    Kids are heading back to school and adults are exhausting their remaining vacation days before the weather grows brisk.

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Fall doesn’t have to be a drab time of year filled with muted colors and clunky furniture. Make the most of the season by giving your home a fall makeover.

Autumn is still a beautiful time of year and it gives us the opportunity to recuperate from the summer festivities and prepare for the coming winter. The following home improvements can help spruce up your house and get into the swing of the season.

Declutter Your Gutters.

With the onset of autumn comes falling leaves, which can clog your gutters. This can cause rainwater to overflow, not to mention ruining your roof and siding. Remove leaves, debris and other clutter from your gutters and downspouts by using a plastic gutter scoop. If you don’t feel comfortable making that trip up the ladder, call in the professionals.

Exterior Paint

Before it gets too chilly, take advantage of early fall to add a coat of exterior paint to your house. A touch-up using quality paint can help extend the life of your siding as well as prevent heat loss. If you are considering having a professional paint job, negotiate. Since most companies do their biggest business during the spring and summer months, you may be able to get a lower price on exterior painting in fall.

Lighting.

As the days get shorter and darker, the proper outdoor lighting can really warm up your home. Energy efficient in-ground lights can help accentuate your landscaping. Hanging lanterns with colored glass give your home a dramatic flourish. Consider adding a string of rain-repellent lights around columns and posts for a splash of color and beauty.

Replace Windows

With the lower temperatures of fall comes a chill in the air. This chill can also spread to your home when you stand next to certain windows. Replace these windows with a good insulating glass made with spacers or multiple panes. Home improvement experts recommend wood and fiberglass as good insulating frames.

Repair that Leaky Roof

If you haven’t gotten around to fixing a small roof leak, now is the time to do it before the rainy season. Freezing winter temperatures can also deepen a small roof leak, so it’s wise to prepare ahead of time. Any leaks in a home’s roof should be fixed well before the first snow, and fall is the perfect time to do it. A professional crew can assess the leak and fix problems quickly and efficiently.

Landscaping

Falling leaves are beautiful, but not if they’re cluttering your lawn. Now that autumn is here, it’s time to prune dead branches from shrubs and trees. Bring in those wilted plants. Early fall is a great time to plant shrubs to give those plants a head start at establishing roots. Mums, asters and verbena are great fall plants to consider.

The above pointers can accentuate the natural beauty of your house, giving it warmth and texture. Start your home improvements today so you can usher in the fall season in style.

Ann Martin is a contributing writer for Dinnerware Center, which specializes in dinnerware from major brands such us Fiesta, Noritake, Pflatzgraff and flatware sets. She also contributes articles to other home and garden sites. When Ann is not decorating her house, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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Ann Martin

Ann Martin is a freelance writer for Dinnerware Center, which is home to an extensive collection of dinnerware and flatware sets. Ann is a writer for other home and cooking websites. When Ann is not writing, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.