For many out there, the three F’s of fall include: football, foliage and fixing up your home for the winter. Unfortunately, the third F—fixing up your home—can get in the way of you enjoying the first two. , the leading members-only showroom and home design center, offers up three fall fix-up projects that you can take on in fairly short order but with some serious upside in terms of prevention and potential cost savings.
Cleaning your gutters – The idea of a gutter is to channel water runoff away you’re your home and, as importantly, your home’s foundation. Obstruction in your gutters funnels that water down the side of your house, by windows and doors and that can cause some serious erosion and damaging effects. A fall cleanup of your gutters can save you some serious $$$ down the road. While some will attempt cleaning their gutters by climbing up on their roof with a hose, we recommend using a ladder to reach your gutters. With a simple gutter scoop and garden hose, you should be able to easily clear obstruction. Remember, if you have to stand on the top two steps of a ladder to reach the top, it’s too short and you need a longer ladder.
Install thermo pane windows – As the temperature outside starts to drop, you’ll be looking to turn the thermostat on inside your home. By installing thermo pane windows—or multi-pane—you can dramatically reduce your heating costs. Thermo pane windows can have R-values of up to nine (R-value is measure of thermal resistance used in the building industry; the higher the R-value, the better the insulation). On the contrary, a typical single-pane window has an R-value of 1. So, by merely switching from single pane to thermo pane windows, you’re improving your windows efficiency dramatically.
Install tank-less water heaters – When you’re doing dishes, washing your hands or taking a shower, how long do you have to wait for the hot water? Tank-less water heaters, which can be installed at individual faucets, give you immediate hot water as opposed to continuously reheating stored water. That saves on your water bill and your energy bill.
“The beauty of most fall projects is that, for the most part, they are not huge undertakings but the benefits can be plentiful. The key is planning and prioritizing what’s important to your home and your household. Simply by creating a list of three things you want to do this fall, you can still make a difference in your home without overwhelming yourself with a long laundry list of projects to take on,” said Sara Shragal, of DirectBuy.
DirectBuy offers nearly everything you need for your fall fix-up projects—windows, water heaters, and more—at wholesale prices direct from the manufacturers and their authorized suppliers. In addition, DirectBuy also employs product specialists and designers, so if a fall fix-up project is a bit out of your skill level or you don’t have the time, you have professionals at your service who can get the job done and help get your home ready for the winter months.
For more than 37 years, DirectBuy has been showing thousands of consumers unparalleled ways to save as they shop for virtually everything for in and around their homes – from furnishings, home improvement and flooring, to entertainment and outdoor products, accessories and much, much more. With more than 160 locations in North America, DirectBuy offers its members access to approximately 700 brand-name manufacturers and their authorized suppliers in the US, and more than 500 brand-name manufacturers and authorized suppliers in Canada.