September 22, 2017 | Lucky Hallman
Welcome fall! Today is the first day of autumn. Oh how I love this time of year. Time to bust out the scarves and heavy coats. Personally for me, it’s all about the boots, leggings and cozy sweaters.
However for others it’s about tying up loose ends from unfinished projects. The very best home improvement ideas come down to timing and funds available. The summer months can definitely take a toll on the ‘ol bank account. Vacations, family visits and just plain spending are enough to leave you with empty pockets. But don’t let that discourage you. Cooler days and a little more time on your hands can get you caught up in no time! The fall not only brings us breathtaking foliage, it’s also a good season to make a number of home improvements. Here are some timely projects to tackle this fall.
1. Like the idea of being able to hang out and roast marshmallows in your backyard this winter? Then why not build a fire-pit? A few bags of sand, some rockery, (maybe even from your own back yard) and a shovel. Then you can add the final touches by including a few laid back loungers for a cozy night by the fire.

2. If the outside of your home is long overdue for a paint job, fall offers the best weather conditions for this sort of task.
Since this is a huge undertaking, you’ll likely want to hire a professional painter. Since we’re talking paint here, why not include some interior paint. It wouldn’t hurt to give the inside a new feel.
3. Remember those leaks you had the year prior that never got repaired? If you need to fix part of your roof or replace it, fall would be the time to do it. Indeed, winter weather, specifically snow and ice build up can put extra stress on your roof and even cause it to cave in if there’s pre-existing damage. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, roof falls accounted for nearly 1,200 deaths in the U.S.
4. Tired of taping up the windows to rid of drafts and high heating bills? They only get worse during the winter, which is why you should insulate your atticin the fall. Anotherway to slash your heating bills is to seal the windows and doors throughout your house. This can cut your energy costs by 10% to 20%, according  
5.  And lastly, a nice fire isn’t just for the outdoors. Fireplaces rank high on the most-wanted list for homebuyers. It can easily add as much as$12,000 to the value of your home. In addition to the sweet return on your investment, you’ll have a place to keep the socks warm and where you can snuggle up with your loved ones.
I wish you all a good day and enjoy your first weekend of fall.
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