The leaves might’ve not started to change color yet, but fall is in the air. So, it’s time to begin some of your cooler weather home improvement projects!
This September is all about preparation. Cleaning your upholstery and prepping your garden for spring are just two tasks that are important to begin now. Here’s your home maintenance checklist for September.
September To-Do List
As the weather begins to change, so do the projects on your home maintenance to-do list. In most areas of the country, August is far too hot to be tackling outdoor home improvements, making it a great month for projects indoors. But September typically brings relief from the heat, with an average temperature of 66 degrees in 2017 nationwide, according to the National Centers For Environmental Information. So, it’s time to take care of some exterior tasks as well.
Here’s a list of what home maintenance projects you should complete this September:
- Upholstery Cleaning
- Plant Spring Bulbs
- Service Your Lawn Mower
- Repair A Furnace
- Clean Your Siding
- Roof Repairs
It’s that time of year where you’ll want to freshen up your interior. A great way to do so is by cleaning your upholstery. Couches, cozy chairs and other fabric-covered furniture can store dust and dirt easily, without you realizing it. A deep clean of your furniture can even help improve your indoor air quality.
Plant Spring Bulbs
You might be surprised to learn that you actually have to plant spring flowers, such as tulips and daffodils, in the fall so they are ready to bloom in the spring. You should plant your bulbs when temperatures average around 50 degrees, but enough time that the ground won’t freeze immediately, making late September an ideal time to get started. If you’re planting bulbs, you’ll want to dig a hole about 5” to 8” deep with the funnel-like end of the bulb facing up. This is where the plant begins to grow. There’s no need to water continually but do remember where you planted your bulbs so you can care for them in the spring!
Service Your Lawn Mower
If you’re one of the many homeowners in the country that experience all four seasons, you likely only have a few more months of mowing your lawn before it gets too cold. Now is the perfect time to clean and repair your lawn mower before you store it for the season. Lawn mower maintenance should be done at least once a year and it’s best to do so before putting it away. Carefully remove any built up grass and have your lawn mower blades sharpened so you’re ready for next season.
Repair A Furnace
It’s probably been a while since you’ve turned on your heat. But, if there are repairs you’ve been delaying, now is the time to get your furnace fixed before you really need it. It might even be easier to get in touch with an HVAC pro before the cold weather hits.
Clean Your Siding
Your siding protects you from the elements every day, but what are you doing to keep it in the best shape? Storms and high winds bring contact with dust, dirt and more, making your siding look discolored and dirty. Now is the perfect time to clean it up. Depending on the type of siding you have, a pressure washer will be the easiest way to get the job done. While you can DIY this task, you may want to contact professionals who can get this done perfectly.
Trying to repair a roof in the hot summer sun can be dangerous for your health. So, waiting until temperatures cool is ideal. From bigger roof repairs such as fixing a leak to smaller shingle replacements, don’t delay if you need this done. Roof problems can often turn into bigger issues for the entire home if not fixed. And with winter on its way, you want to make sure you’re prepared.
As much as we think a roof can last forever, depending on the material, the life of a roof can be between 20 to 30 years. Consider that as you’re thinking of repairs, that maybe it’s time to start planning for a roof replacement. It could be a great project to start next spring when you’ve had plenty of time to pick out what roofing material is best for your home.
September is a great time to enjoy the mild temperatures and get a few additional outdoor tasks done. Don’t forget to get your home organized for back to school early in the month too, adding additional storage to the kitchen and entryway areas. Be sure to check in next month to see what fall projects you’ll need to add to your to-do list in October.