We hate to admit it, but summer is nearing a close. But even though the kids are back in school and the days are getting shorter, there are still a few weeks of warm weather ahead to get these last minute summer home projects completed.
Paint Your Home’s Exterior
The best time to paint your home is on a dry, windless day when the temperature is between 50 and 90 degrees. There aren’t many days like this left in the year, so get started now by choosing a paint color. If you have exposed wood, it’s especially important to take care of this task before winter arrives. Leaving wood exposed allows moisture in and can cause it to split. For a tutorial on how to prime, caulk, and paint your home, go here.
Fix Roofing Issues
Now would be a great time to hop on the roof to ensure that vents are free of debris and repair any damaged shingles or bent flashing. It’ll be much easier to take care of these issues while it’s still warm. If you don’t fix problem areas now, you’ll find yourself in a
sticky leaky situation this winter!
Seal Driveway and Repair Walkways
If this winter is anything like the last, you’ll be clearing your driveway and walkways of snow almost daily. But even when we aren’t being attacked by polar vortexes, Indianapolis’ average annual snowfall is just shy of 26 inches. Sealing your driveway will protect the color from fading and prevent cracks caused by moisture from rain and snow. Fixing buckling sidewalks or crumbling stairs will make shoveling snow easier and walking in and out of your home safer.
Make Brick Mortar Repairs
If you haven’t already done so this summer, give your home a once over for crumbling or missing mortar between brickwork. If you find any, use this tutorial to make repairs. Skipping this project can lead to leaks and crumbling bricks.
Plant Your Fall Garden
Gardening isn’t just for spring and summer, you know! You can have a successful fall garden in Indianapolis and grow your own fresh produce well into October. For planting dates and fall garden tips, consult this guide from the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.
What home improvements do you plan to complete before summer's end?