As the weather starts to cool down, it’s the perfect time to get started on small home projects and fall maintenance. Whether you’re planning a neighborhood harvest party, hosting the in-laws for the holidays, or simply cleaning the backyard to prepare for winter weather, here are six home projects that local Madeira businesses can help you tackle this fall.
Rake the leaves and tidy the backyard.
Every fall, the No. 1 task for homeowners is raking the leaves. Over. And over. And over again. But don’t forget to knock out other small but necessary projects like covering your grill, trimming the bushes, and cleaning the gutters. What’s the best way to relax after completing outdoor chores? Cozying up next to a fire and roasting marshmallows with family and friends. McCabe Do it Center on Laurel Avenue offers all the supplies you’ll need to build a new fire pit this fall. And if you’re too tired from raking, they offer preassembled versions, too.
Tailor your clothes and purge items you no longer need.
Set aside time at the beginning of the fall season to clean your closet. Sort through old clothes you or the kiddos have outgrown, and donate what you don’t need. Your favorite pair of dress pants from last year don’t quite fit like they used to? Get them altered at Alterations By Toni, a full-service tailor located on Laurel Avenue. While you’re at it, polish your look before the holidays with a trendy trim at Shape & Form Men’s Grooming on Miami Avenue. The folks at Shape & Form will have you looking stylish for the season or nicely groomed for “No-Shave November.”
Organize your storage closets for decorations.
The storage bins from McCabe work well for putting away out-of-season clothes and shoes. They also work wonders for organizing your holiday decorations. Need a bin to store the tree? A container for the lights and ornaments? McCabe has just what you need. Plan ahead to keep everything together this year.
Make the switch to solar power.
Looking to combat climate change and also lower your heating bills this winter? Switching to solar power is made simple at Icon Solar, which offers customized design and planning as well as professional installation. Customers can even earn a 30-percent federal tax credit on solar panel purchases and installation. Plus, Peoples Bank and Center Bank offer financing construction costs for residential and commercial projects.
Double check your furnace.
Before Cincinnati transitions into full winter weather, make sure you and your family won’t have to experience a brisk night without heat. Check to make sure your your heating and cooling equipment is operating safely and efficiently. If they aren’t, Jansen Heating & Cooling on Camargo Road can upgrade your furnace or help keep costs low by maintaining the proper settings on your current furnace.
Seal your attic and windows.
If you aren’t ready to go all-in on a furnace upgrade or solar panels, save money on heating by assessing your current set-up. Check for air leaks in the attic and seal insulation, and ensure window treatments are properly secured. If your blinds need cleaning or repaired, Adler’s Blinds can take care of all your window treatment needs.