Home Improvement in Autumn: 10 After Labor Day Labors

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The summer months are a chance to get outdoors, play in the sun and maintain a lush yard, however, when Labor Day rolls around, it’s a definitive sign that all of this must soon come to an end and it’s time to usher in the Fall.

Knowing this, we’ve compiled a list of some home improvement projects that are best saved for September – 10 after Labor Day labors for the home.


1. Winterize Early

To keep your home in tip top shape throughout the winter and into next spring, it’s important to take proper steps to winterize your home. It’s also a good idea to plan ahead and make sure that any exposed plumbing pipes are insulated, as well as, that the attic is insulated amply. Again, with these last bits of warmer temperatures, it’s best to prepare for the freeze, before it’s too late.

Snow on Pool

2. Patch the Roof

In many climates, September implies that the rain is on its way. While you still have a few weeks of sunshine left, the last bit of dryness should be used to patch any problem spots on your roof in preparation for the rainy season(s) ahead.

patch the roof

3. Storage Unit Switcheroo!

Each season brings with it a different set of pros and cons and those that are ahead of the curve will be in a position to enjoy the season’s perks to the fullest. Knowing this, it’s always a good idea to preemptively rearrange your storage unit to anticipate the demands of the upcoming season. With summer drawing to a close, push the camping gear and lawn chairs to the back and bring forward the raincoats, galoshes and fall sports equipment.

4.  Transition the Garden

If you’ve spent all spring and summer cultivating your garden and making sure it’s just so, there are a number of things you can do to prepare your garden for the winter that will aid in its success next season, as well as, ensure that you’re not starting from scratch in the spring. For example, remove any problem plants that show signs of disease and, when you’re pulling the healthy items to spare them from winter, make sure plenty of their seeds are left behind to improve their odds of coming up next year.

transition the garden in autumn

5. Plant the Larger Stuff!

Speaking of planting, just because colder weather is on its way doesn’t mean the planting has to stop. In fact, many of the bigger planted items, such as trees and shrubs, are better off when planted in the fall. Because the temperature of the soil is still warm in comparison to the air, these are ideal conditions for root development in the bigger items.

Tree planting


6. Transition the Lawn

Now that the garden and shrubs are taken care of and the lawnmower has been winterized, it’s time to prepare your yard for the freeze ahead. In these mild months before the harsh winter, it’s important to fertilize the grass before the first frost to lock-in nutrients for the frigid months ahead, aerate to promote root development, seed any barren spots to promote growth in the spring and lastly, kill the weeds to depress growth in the spring.

7. Check Your Gutters

Although summer conditions are relatively kind to a house and reveal very few troubled areas, it’s best to take care of problems before they hit. That said, before the rain ev

er makes an appearance, check your gutters to make sure they’re clean and clear and draining properly. Additionally, check that they’re secure and able to support a load of rain, snow and/or ice.

And while you’re on the ladder – be careful! Hire someone to do it if you have any reservations about being on a ladder.

gutters and ladder roof inspection

8. Window Swap!

You’ve been spoiled all summer; enjoying the soft cool breeze through the screen of your porch window but, unfortunately, the dream will soon come to an end. Experts recommend that you use September as a transitional month for your windows and swap out the minimum-security screens for the maximum-security storm windows.

storm windows installation


shop windows

9. “No Vacancy” Foundation

When temperatures plummet, humans are not the only ones that will be seeking refuge from the cold – many small animals are unprepared for the harsh winter months and will use your home/foundation as refuge. To avoid being the neighborhood homeless shelter, do a thorough fall inspection of your home’s foundation and be sure to seal off any potential entry points and cracks. In addition to keeping out the pests, it’s a valuable preventative measure for fall and winter moisture.

Cracked foundation

10. Too Hot/Too Cold Autumn Procrastination Buster!

Whether it’s the tool shed out back, the attic upstairs or the great outdoors around you, all of these places are sweltering in the summer and freezing in the winter. Therefore, use the mild month of September to do that home improvement project that you’ve been putting off all summer in avoidance of the heat – but don’t wait too long – you might get caught in the crossfire of winter.


So, farewell to fading summer, and hello lustrous fall!



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Rob Jones

Rob served as Editor-In-Chief of BuildDirect Blog: Life At Home from 2007-2016. He is a writer, Dad, content strategist, and music fan.