3 Tips To Prepare Your Home For The Autumn Season

leaves on ground in autumn

Autumn is here and that means winter is just around the corner. For many people, the panic of Christmas is already settling in, but there is something more important and in need of your attention right away: your home. With autumn and winter come the cold weather and, in the case of your home, a strong defence is your best offence. We’ve compiled some of the most important things to consider when it comes to prepping your home for winter. With these tips, you’ll be warmer, safer, and happier in the coming months.

Paint Before it Gets too Cold

Painting outdoors in the winter is a near-impossible task. Paint is simply not designed to dry in the cold, it will crack and peel and fail to bond properly. So any outdoor painting needs to happen in the fall, before winter sets in. For the colder months, it’s best to focus your painting efforts on things you’ll still use in the winter: railings, decks, and similar pieces. Be sure a wire brush to scrub away any loose paint chips before repainting to give you the proper surface for painting. After that, the right kind of paint for the job will keep those handy outdoor pieces you still use in the winter looking and performing their best.

Waterproof Means Warmer Winters

Doors and windows let in the cold, everyone knows that, so making sure they’re all ready for winter is key to keeping your heating costs low and your family comfortable in the coming months. Wherever water can get, cold air can also seep through and, if water gets trapped in small places before winter, it can expand and make matters worse. Before the cold comes, check all of your doors and windows and replace any fixtures or weather stripping that has worn away. This will keep the cold out of your home in the fall and winter and also make your home less susceptible to water damage in the other seasons.

Top to Bottom Care

Everything from your drains and spouts all the way to the top shingle on your roof needs a thorough inspection before the snow comes because you’ll have a harder time getting reasonable prices for winter roofers. But in the fall, they do a great job that won’t impact your heating bill. The same goes for drains and spouts: good luck cleaning these out below the freezing point, the water in there will freeze, expand, and ruin things. So watch out for excess water and keep your drains and spouts clear for the winter.

There are plenty of other things you can do to prepare your home for autumn, but these three tips are a surefire way to keep your family and home safe and warm as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder. Be sure to clear out all water, inspect your home for leaks and cracks, and repaint any surfaces that need work.

Pros And Cons Of A DIY Paint Project

Choosing whether or not to do a painting job yourself may seem like a no-brainer, but there are tons of pros and cons to consider before rushing out to the paint store or picking up the phone to call the professionals. Here’s a quick list of pros and cons for your next painting job, and whether doing it yourself is better or worse than simply hiring a professional.

Why Bother Doing A DIY Paint Project?

Cost: Your own labour can be inherently cheaper than hiring a professional painting contractor, and therefore theoretically, is cheaper than a professional painter. You paint for free, a painter paints for profit. So when you are thinking about the cost, always think about whether or not you could do it yourself, whether you have this time to do the job yourself and therefore save yourself some money.

Control: When it comes time to paint a specific colour scheme, it is not uncommon for a professional to make some strong recommendations. With your own hand, your colour schemes are entirely under your own control. Some professionals may question your choices in ways you feel they won’t understand, so sticking to your guns is way easier with only your opinion mattering. Hence, therefore performing your painting project do-it-yourself style can give you the look you want without having to haggle or debate about why you like the colours you’re choosing.

A Few Reasons Why You Might Not Want To

Cost: Many people think they can do the job themselves and, in many instances, they are absolutely correct. But there are certain advantages to getting a professional to paint for you. For example, more difficult and technical paint jobs, like outdoor painting or painting a ceiling, will benefit from a professional, not only because they will do the job better, given their expertise, but also because they can do the job right the first time.

There are many instances when people simply do the work themselves only to have the paint job look amateur and last only a little while. With a professional, the job gets done in less time and will be done correctly the first time. Such a guarantee simply doesn’t exist with doing the work yourself. Mistakes are entirely on you if you screw up, and those mistakes will show instantly. If you think the work is a little too complicated, or you simply don’t have the time, a professional painter will actually save you money in the long run.

Skill: Especially with these more technical jobs, if you want certain colour schemes or are painting places with strange lighting or surfaces, a professional can make a job look better in less time. When looking at a painting job, think about what sort of skill is needed and be honest about your own abilities. Remember, it’s always better and cheaper to hire a professional and get the job done right than paint, realize you’re out of your depth, and hire a professional after the fact. Many people think painting is an easy job, but certain scenarios prove otherwise very quickly. Be honest with your own abilities and you’ll get something that you can be happy about much easier, and for less money overall.

Materials: Painting costs add up quickly: paints, paintbrushes, appropriate attire, and all the other costs easily add up in painting jobs. But professionals will already have all the right equipment and that can save you money in the long run. Additionally, a professional will know when and where to use what product, potentially saving you the hassle of using an inferior solution. When you are thinking about DIY painting, the job may be cheaper by getting someone with all the right tools already over buying them all yourself, only to use them a handful of times.