The fall (or autumn) season is one of the best for working on your house (or in some cases, apartments); the scorching summer heat's gone (for the most part) and the bone-chilling cold of winter hasn't arrived yet.
Here are three to consider:
Fixing (or Installing) Wood Floors
Fall is a great time to fix or install wood floors (that's because certain kinds flooring uses adhesives that need to be in a certain temperature range-within 70-80 degrees F. And colder temperatures can cause flooring to dry and bond-not a good thing).
Working on Windows
The fall season's outside temperatures are ideal for repairing and shoring up your windows; you won't have to fight the elements, and open interior windows won't make your home too hot nor too cold.
Do some windows need replacing? Just need to patch up any leaks? Taking a proactive approach to leaky or older windows now will save you from high heating bills in winter and of course, provide interior comfort.
Painting's tailor-made for fall; a strong advantage during this time of year is that you can keep the windows open during and after the project to get rid of aromas (that strong paint smell!).
If paint freezes, it won't dry correctly; you may end up with a hot mess on your hands (and your walls, furniture, doors, etc).Fall temperatures are very conducive to both interior (and exterior) paint jobs; just be sure to check the weather forecast first!
Painting Prep: Five Efficient Ways
Use painter's tape-It's easier to paint smoothly and with clean lines; your painting project will also look more professional.
Prepare the paint-Be sure to stir before using it. And don't paint straight from the can (heaviness issues!). And once some of the paint's been removed, don't forget to put the lid back on the can (so dust, dirt and other impurities stay out).
Patch up any holes or bumps in the wall-You'll need spackle (let this dry before you start painting). Sand down any wall bumps first as well.
Before painting, wash the walls and check for any dust settling.
Apply primer-It's a great bonding agent between the wall and top coat of paint. It also helps hide dark colors, prevent stains and extends the life of the paint job.
Sources: “Home improvement projects perfect for fall”-by Metroservices-The (Sunday) Vindicator, Aug. 25, 2013, and “Prep work important before painting”-by Metroservices-The (Sunday) Vindicator, Aug. 11, 2013