home repairs for fall

Fun End-of-Summer Projects Around the Home

We’ve posted ideas about things you can do to repair your home and get it ready for the upcoming colder months. After we posted those recommendations, we started thinking, and it just occurred to us how many little projects you could quickly add on to your trip to Home Depot or Lowes or whatever local hardware store you frequent. Today, we’ll share the last section of tips that our team has brainstormed for you:

  1. Grab some extra bleach. It’s a great way to sanitize wood countertops, bathtubs, and more. Especially use a little bit in your sink drains, where the warmer weather is likely to have allowed more bacteria to grow.
  2. Grab some windshield fog wipes and use them on the mirrors in your house to keep them from fogging up during showers.
  3. Consider a window film that will still allow light into a room while providing the privacy of closed window blinds and curtains.
  4. Get a can of WD-40. Not only does it help around the house, but it’s great for getting fingerprint spots and watermarks from your stainless steel, too.
  5. It’s a great time to re-caulk your bathtub and any other areas in your home where water might get in and cause mold growth.
  6. Grab a grout pen to remove stains by bleaching the grout. It’s quick and easy. You can also dye the entire grout with colorant if the bleached areas look different from the rest.
  7. You can change your wall switches to mechanical timers to help you remember to turn off lights or to keep your home’s exhaust fan on long enough after a shower to prevent mold growth.
  8. Do you have any leaking faucets that might just need a quick O-ring replacement? You can even take your current O-rings to the hardware store with you and have someone who works there find a perfect replacement.
  9. You can get a wireless wall switch, turning any outlet into a wirelessly controlled wall appliance—perfect for a room where the wall switch isn’t wired to a lamp.
  10. If your outlets “push-in” when you plug something in, you can get outlet spacers that will shim out the outlet to be flush with the wall.

These are all little things that you can do while you’re shopping for larger repairs. They would make your living experience nicer and won’t cost you a lot of money. We all know that the little things are the important things, and while guests may not notice a loose electrical outlet or a mirror that fogs up during a shower, you will. It’s nice to implement these little fixes that make life just that much more pleasant.


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