Although summer is behind us, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Canada is arguably one of the best places on the planet come autumn – and it’s also the ideal time to tackle a variety of home renovations. So, to get you inspired for the crisp season ahead, here are a few home repairs to check off before winter hits.
Published September 12, 2018, Updated October 13, 2019
Eavestroughs and Downspouts
The start of the fall season is the best time to clean out eavestroughs and downspouts. It’s not a fun or glamorous job, but it’s essential for the upkeep of your home. Make it easier on yourself this year and install covers or guards. You can find these at most hardware stores and they’re a great way to reduce the amount of debris that gets into your gutters.
If you have plans to paint the exterior elements of your home, this is the season to get the job done. Working outside in the heat of summer is brutal, which makes the weather at the beginning of the fall season the perfect time to check this to-do off your reno list.
Driveways and Paths
Having a well-paved driveway is important. I’ve witnessed one too many sunken driveways, which can cause a whole host of issues going forward – so call in an expert for this one! If you’ve moved into a new build, don’t add pathways or any concrete right away as the backfill needs time to settle. Leave it for a few years to let all the movement happen and to ensure cracks and other issues don’t form within the concrete.
Roof Repair or Replacement
Get your roof repaired during the fall season, too! Roof renos may feel like a burden (nobody likes breaking their budget and spending money on a reno they can barely see) but as I always say, without a solid roof, all of the well-designed aspects inside your home will suffer. If you think a roof repair is overdue, get it fixed! You might not enjoy it, but it’s a lot less fun to deal with a leaking roof in the dead of winter. Just make sure you don’t fall for these common roof repair myths!
Windows and Doors
Now is the perfect time to think about fixing that drafty door or replacing those aging windows. It’s not always easy to time this properly with the rain that often comes during the fall, but it’s better to tackle the job when it’s cooler outside versus hot and humid. Remember to weatherproof when working on windows and doors – it’s important that they’re as airtight as possible. But before you get started, check out Sarah Baeumler’s do’s and don’ts for window treatments.
Deck and Patio
After a long summer and many relaxing evenings spent on your deck or patio, autumn is a great time to renovate your outdoor space – or create one from scratch. If you’re considering this, research the best materials available for your budget and always think about how to keep it low-maintenance. The last thing you want is a deck or patio that requires constant upkeep.
The attic is a key part of any home, but it’s often neglected. Transforming an attic into a living space is no easy feat, but it will add value to your home. However, even if you aren’t thinking of renovating, it requires regular care. Make sure your attic is sealed correctly, properly ventilated and has updated insulation.
I know I always talk about insulation, but that’s because it is so important and the fall season is an ideal time to get the job done. There are many different ways to insulate – and they change according to your home and the space you want to renovate. But having a well-insulated home makes it much warmer (and far more energy efficient) come winter.