6 Home Improvements to Tackle in the Fall [SURVEY]

Leaves in gutters
Regular roof maintenance is important, particularly before fall and winter. (DepositPhotos)

4. Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Fall is the season for cleaning gutters and downspouts, preferably before leaf drop is in full force.

Cleaning your gutters is a critical part of home winterization, as clogged, overflowing gutters will run off into your home’s foundation, leading to major problems that could reduce your home’s value.

Man caulking around windows to weatherize his home
Drafts can enter your home from the tiniest gaps, so it’s important to caulk around windows with each change of season. (DepositPhotos)

5. Add Caulking and Weatherstripping

Reducing air leakage in your home is a cost-effective way to make it more energy-efficient.

Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, with caulk generally used for cracks and openings around door and window frames, and weatherstripping used to seal doors and windows that open.

Making this upgrade will save you money while you are getting ready to list your home, and it will be a small, but attractive, feature to pitch to potential buyers. 

Insulated pipes under a house
Insulated pipes can help reduce the chance of heat loss. (DepositPhotos)

6. Check Plumbing Insulation

Pipe insulation is another fix that can help you save on energy costs and upgrade your home for future buyers.

For cold-water pipes, insulation helps them stay cool. For warm-water pipes, insulation will keep the heat in between the water heater and the faucet. 

Consider your goals and priorities for your home before tackling a renovation project, and you’ll be well on your way to add a few upgrades to your list as you close out the year.


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