Now that summer is over, there's officially no excuse to ignore those fix-it projects -- and if the packed aisles at home improvement stores prove anything, everyone feels the same way. But if your list is so long that you don't really know where to start, here are a few DIY ideas to get you going. What will you be working on this weekend?
Paint The Front Door
If yours has seen better days, right now is the perfect time to give your front door a new lease on life. It's a straight-forward job, but if you need guidance on color choice or process, check out This Old House
Aerate The Front Lawn
While we're on the topic of projects that could impact curb appeal, your lawn needs a little maintenance before the first frost arrives. First on the list? Aerating. This will loosen up the soil, so nutrients and oxygen can better reach the roots. Experts recommend tackling this job 1-2 days after you water. So, plan on watering on Saturday and aerating on Sunday. For a comprehensive overview on aerating, visit DIY Network
Power Wash Your Walkways
It's strangely satisfying to see months of dirt disappear with (highly pressurized) water. Do this now, before temps dip too low in the evenings. HGTV has a great primer on power washing
Install A Floodlight
An evening commute often makes you notice how it's getting so much darker, so much earlier. For a safer entrance into your driveway, better lighting is a must. Check out the tutorial on installing a floodlight over at This Old House
Plant Spring Bulbs Now
A little work now pays off big next March/April. Better Homes & Gardens has the simplified instructions for planting spring bulbs
Replace Any Broken Screens
No one knows how the holes happen, but there they are, right in your window screen. Bob Vila will show you how to replace a damaged or broken window screen
-- even if you're a novice DIYer.
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