Americans regard Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer. People often head out for hikes, walks in the park, or last-minute barbecues before the temperature starts to dip. Many people utilize the three-day weekend as a time to make simple home improvements to prepare for the coming season.
The following are some simple home updates you can make over Labor Day weekend:
- Clean the garage – Before it gets cold and you need to move things into the garage, do a garage cleanup. Toss out extra clutter. If you haven’t been parking your car in the garage, you will want to make room before snow starts to fall. Dispose of unneeded items by donating them to charitable stores or holding a garage sale.
- Clean and caulk windows – Make sure your windows and window sills are free of dirt and debris. While cleaning, take note of cracks that need caulking. Sealing your windows will ensure that you stay warm inside and that your utility bills stay low during the winter months.
- Clean and seal your deck – Your deck will take a severe beating from the snow, rain, and freezing temperatures of winter. Clean your deck using a recommended cleaner to remove mold. After cleaning, apply a sealant to protect the deck from winter’s precipitation.
- Seal the driveway – Holes and cracks in the driveway will worsen when winter comes. Repair or seal your driveway to prevent further damage that will be costly to fix later. Forget about putting asphalt overlay on your driveway when it is already winter. Asphalt will not cure well when the weather is cold.
In addition to these projects, you should take action if your home is not properly protected from the outside elements. Add insulation material to your home using an insulation blower machine. If you do not feel confident doing the job yourself, enlist the services of insulation specialists who can bring their own professional-grade insulation blowers to complete the job. Adding insulation to your home will keep it warm during winter and decrease your energy bills.