Easy Fall fix ups for the DIY'er

This fall is a great time to get those projects completed because many area contractors have less lead-time during this time of year. Not only is the scheduling time shorter, if your contractor is experiencing a slowdown, he or she will have more time to devote to your project. When we slow down a little, we have more time to spend with our customers and help make design recommendations, says Everett Collier, CR, president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and now that the kids are back in school, a remodeling job is less intrusive on family life. He adds, Some contractors are experiencing a slower season, and some are not, so its helpful to call around and ask about those lead times. Some of the projects you may want to complete before winter sets in include: 1. Kitchen & Bath remodelingSince the kids are back in school, a major remodel at this time of the year is less disruptive to the family. A one-room project can easily be finished before the holidays arrive. 2. Roof repair/replacementBe proactive and prevent emergencyand expensiverepairs. Find out about common trouble spots and ask your contractor how you can locate a leak from the inside. 3. Install a fireplaceDreaming of chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Make that dream a reality this season. Ask your contractor about all the options available in fireplaces. 4. Have Interior Rooms Painted PaintingIt instantly freshens up a room and can even change its look and feel. Its best to start interior paint jobs while it's still warm enough to leave windows open. 5. Replace CarpetsIf youve ever smelled carpet glue youd agree that a replacement is also a great project to complete while its still warm enough to leave windows open. 6. Install Indoor & Outdoor LightingIndoor lighting adds an aspect of style to a home, and outdoors it can add an element of safety by lighting up a dark walkway or entry door. 7. Insulate the AtticInsulating the attic is an excellent way to keep a homes heating and cooling where it is meant to beinside your home. 8. Replace WindowsPoor-quality or old windows are often a leading cause of high heating and cooling bills, so replacing them is another way to keep your homes heating and cooling inside. 9. Mount Closet/Garage Organization SystemsA great idea if you want to get your home organized before the holiday hoopla sets in. 10. Replace GuttersLeaking gutters cause interior structural damage and the constant moisture promotes mold and mildew growth, so gutter replacement can save you from costly repairs in the future.

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