It’s been hot outside. There’s no working around it, and that typically means any home improvement work requiring extended time outdoors gets postponed until temperatures cool. While temperatures may not drop substantially along the Gulf Coast, relatively cooler fall weather has already begun to visit, making this the perfect time for a few important seasonal home improvement projects:
Get your mind on the gutters: Your roof’s drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your home’s exterior and foundation walls. Just one Gulf Coast summer — especially since Hurricane Sally paid us a visit — can cause debris to build up in your gutter system. “Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water leaks. They are also more prone to rust and corrosion,” Don Jones, Bellator’s Mobile Division managing broker explains. “Before the leaves fly this fall, have your gutters cleaned, and then covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning.”
Keep an eye on your chimney: While chimneys may not be common on the beach, homeowners along the Eastern Shore and in Mobile must keep this in mind. Late fall is typically the busiest time of year for chimney pros because cooling temps jog people’s memories about getting the chimney checked out. Get ahead of the rush by scheduling an inspection as soon as possible.
Increase curb appeal: If you’re painting the exterior of your house, now’s the time. Humid, wet or chilly weather could cause your paint to have issues drying, so in our area, early fall is likely your best bet. David Horn, Bellator’s Eastern Shore Division agent manager and relocation director, notes fall is also a good time to update the landscaping: “In our area since winters are relatively mild, it’s the best time of the year for planting trees and grass, giving them time to get their roots acclimated in ample time before the hot summer months.”