School is starting, you’re back to a regular work schedule and there are fewer free evenings to catch your breath. Choose DIY projects for August that will make your life more convenient so you can focus on what matters most. While we admit these aren’t the most exciting outdoor DIY projects, they’ll set you up for success down the road. If you have any questions, contact our office at 413.475.7283 or Complete our online quote form today!
OUTDOOR HOME CHECKLIST
- Pack up summer gear. You don’t have to put everything away just yet, but if those trips to the lake and impromptu outdoor movie nights are over, you can (sadly) wash and put away the oversized beach towels and projector screen. As you’re storing summer accessories, be honest about what you’ll reuse next year. Donate or throw away anything you no longer need so you’re not storing unnecessary items. Upgrade your storage system while you’re at it, too. Clear plastic bins, overhead garage storage and lockers can improve your summer organization.
- Complete outdoor projects. It’s not unusual to have a few outstanding projects to wrap up at this point in the year. If they’re outdoor DIY jobs, finish them now before the weather turns. If you’re looking for one last idea to close out the season, check out our June or July home improvement to-do lists for ideas.
- Prevent pests. The best way to keep insects and animals from damaging your home is by preventing them in the first place. The Environmental Protection Agency has several do’s and don’ts tips, including sealing any gaps and cracks where critters could creep in. If pests have already found a way in, talk to a professional about the best way to remove them so that you’re not putting your family or the environment at risk.
It’s not always a big deal if a few home improvement tasks slip through the cracks, but here are two you don’t want to let get away from you.
Reduce landscaping fire hazards. Remove dead grass and dried-out plants that increase your risk of landscape fires. If you use an outdoor fireplace or firepit, take extra care to avoid jumping sparks and have an emergency water bucket nearby. Of course, follow your area’s fire regulations and warnings, too.
- Add exterior home security. We recommended this in July because we often see good deals on home security cameras. However, upgrading your home’s security is a good idea at any time. In addition to cameras that can deter porch pirates or would-be thieves lurking around the garage, think about a new mechanical or smart deadbolt, and better outdoor lighting.
Freshen up your home insurance policies this fall along with this fall cleaning/pest checklist. Speak with one of our agents to update and make sure you have the right coverage for your needs. Encharter Insurance is an independent insurance agent meaning we can provide coverage from many insurance carriers so you receive the home insurance for your budget and needs! You can reach us at (413) 475-7283 or online at https://encharter.com/personal-insurance/home-insurance/.