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Fall into a new, cozy home now before the holidays bring the hustle and bustle of family, friends and holiday entertaining. Tackle your fall house projects now for an easy, effortless slide into holiday celebrations. (And don’t miss out on our sweet new fall deal on painting services — see below!)
Lay the groundwork
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After last winter (ah, memories of those crazy storms!), the path to your front door and other walkways probably took a beating from eroding salt, shoveling and stomping. Installing the walkway is an easy weekend project; many hardware stores sell interlocking pavers and other tools to make the project easier.
After you’ve taken care of your outdoor walkways, don’t forget your indoor ones. Before your bare tootsies hit the cold hardwood floor, give your bath mats, kitchen rugs, hallway runners or other carpeting a scrutinizing look — they may need to be replaced.
Fertilize for the future
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Plant the seed for a beautiful, lush spring now and don’t forget to fertilize before winter. Fall aerating, then fertilizing is crucial before your lawn freezes over come December — grass will keep growing until the ground gets to about 40 degrees, according to The Family Handyman.
Winterize outdoor faucets
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Fact: burst water pipes are zero fun to deal with. Before frost hits, replace your outdoor faucet with a freeze-proof faucet to take some worry out of your winter. When you’re at the hardware store, ask for faucet with an anti-siphon frost proof sill cock – in laymen’s terms, it can stop freezing temperatures from reaching your pipes.
Up your curb appeal
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Impress your friends and win friendly neighbors by doing a quick once over on the front of your house. Quick changes, like painting your front door (we love this idea!), planting big pots of fall flowers, such as mums, or switching out your exterior lighting are entry-level DIY projects and give you a big return with neighborhood credit.
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Out of all of these, this might be the most crucial step to making sure you’re ready for winter. Before the late fall Atlanta chill sets in, make an appointment for your furnace’s annual checkup. A technician will come out, clean your furnace and look for any wear-and-tear that could cause problems (or pump deadly carbon monoxide into your home!) come first freeze.
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If you’ve been thinking about redecorating a room, consider a fresh coat of paint. It’s a fast, noticeable change you can make without having to buy new furniture. The time is now if this project is on your mind — paint before hosting Thanksgiving or holiday parties start booking up your calendar. And if you’re still on the fence, we’re offering a fall promotion to get you started — paint three rooms, get one room free!
What’s on your to-do list this fall? Looking for more ideas? Check out our Fall House Projects Pinterest board.