Your End-of-Summer To-Do List
Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer, but there’s still plenty of time to cross the remaining home projects off your summer to-do list. In fact, many homeowners wait until Labor Day even to start some of their biggest projects. So, you’re certainly not alone.
According to new HomeAdvisor data, these are the top six most popular end-of-summer projects homeowners are kicking off around Labor Day weekend!
1. Roofing Repairs
Tackling roof-related problems like loose shingles, leaks, damaged flashing and bad ventilation before fall will ensure that your home is both warm and secure as colder weather hits. It’s best to hire a pro for these projects. Making mistakes during DIY roof repairs can cause additional damage, and even personal injury.
Labor Day is the last weekend of summer, which makes it an ideal time to prep your yard for chillier temperatures. Seeding; trimming perennials; and planting bulbs, shrubs and trees are perfect ways to ensure a beautiful spring-time yard. It’s also a good idea to pack up furniture or décor that could be affected by cold weather. Plastic and ceramics can become brittle and break in lower temperatures.
3. Decks and Porches
Between foot traffic and sun exposure, your deck can take a beating during the warmer months. This makes the end of summer a prime time to touch up any damage or deterioration. Labor Day is also great for installing a porch or deck. In addition to better working weather, a Labor Day installation will allow you to enjoy your new deck or porch during the cool fall weather — and just in time for autumn cookouts and football watch parties!
4. Kitchen Remodels
Kitchen remodels are a great investment, but they can be invasive. Beginning your renovation during Labor Day will allow you to use your grill to prepare meals — if your cooking and food prep areas are out of commission — and provide your pros with outdoor work and storage spaces. Additionally, a late-summer renovation will mean your new kitchen will be ready in time for the busy holiday season!
5. Gutter Cleaning
Clogged gutters can cause ice dams, foundational damage and leaky ceilings. Fortunately, removing blockage-causing debris from your gutters is simple — and DIY-able. Lean a ladder against your home and clear away any sticks, leaves and other debris. You can also use a leaf blower to quickly eliminate gutter gunk. Hire a pro if you notice any damage or don’t have the time to tackle this project. Professionals will keep your gutters in good health and provide quick solutions to potential problems.
A new driveway is an ideal way to spruce up the outside of your home. But a Labor Day installation can also provide more than just good looks. Pouring your new driveway during warm weather will allow it to dry before the freeze-thaw cycles of autumn and winter, resulting in a low-maintenance driveway that will look fantastic for years to come.