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Five Quick And Effective Fall Home Improvement Projects

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It’s almost fall, which means shorter days and colder weather ahead. To ensure you won’t need emergency repairs in the winter, do some preventative maintenance now while it’s still nice outside. Here are some essential fall home improvement projects to keep you safe and secure when the temperature really starts to drop:

 #1 Clean and inspect gutters.
If you haven’t been keeping an eye on your gutters throughout the summer, it’s time to give them a good inspection. They could be harboring leaves and other debris from storms, winds and pests. Use your rake or hose to clear them for the winter moisture ahead. Look for any signs of damage that may cause a leak. A professional will charge between $170 and $500 to repair your gutters.

 #2 Check your roof.
Inclement weather gives your roof a beating throughout the year. After a summer of rain and heat, you should check it for leaks and other damage. If you don’t address those, you could run into much larger problems.

 #3 Winterize the lawn.
To keep your lawn healthy through winter and into the spring, do some preventative yard work: rake leaves, aerate the soil, and fertilize the grass, trees and shrubs
While you can do most of these projects yourself over the weekend, consider hiring a lawn care service for the fertilization and aeration services.

#4 Test your outdoor lights.
You don’t want to slip and fall, nor do you want to pay the unnecessary medical bills that will come as a result. So, make sure your outdoor lights are in working order for the winter ahead.

 #5 Tune your heating system.
Your heating system is essential in the winter, so care for it now. Whether you have a boiler, a water heater, a furnace or a geothermal heating system, make sure it’s in top condition.

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