Home Improvement Projects to Consider Before Thanksgiving

Ideally, while most of us would like to wait until the spring or summer months to complete various home improvement projects, certain issues arise throughout the year, making their repair a necessity.  Luckily, fall offers plenty of days that are warm enough to complete a myriad of ventures, so it’s important to have an understanding of what types of projects are worth considering in the next few weeks.

1.) FINISH THE BASEMENT – While Georgia tends to avoid an abundance of regular snow accumulation, ice and rain still makes an appearance, so it’s probably safe to say that you won’t be spending too much time in your outdoor living space.  Therefore, if the winter months have a way of making you feel a bit caged, why not look to your basement for a little extra breathing room.  If your basement has generally been used for storage, you may want to consider finishing it as a great way to extend your living space, especially since doing so will drastically increase the value of your home.

2.) FIREPLACE REPAIR – With the recent temperature drop and future forecasts predicting low temperatures all winter long, having your fireplace properly inspected will help ensure its safe operation.  By utilizing the services of an experienced chimney sweep, you’ll be able to get a jump on any red flags that may show up, such as improperly functioning dampers, damaged brickwork and masonry, and missing or damaged flue caps.

3.) CLEAN YOUR CARPETS – Fall is the perfect time to give your carpets a good shampoo because the tepid temperatures make opening the windows for some extra ventilation a great option.  It’s no secret that the summers here in Georgia tend to be hot and humid, so it’s wise to avoid adding extra moisture to your home until things have cooled off a bit.  Besides, while you’re waiting for everything to dry, fall is the perfect season to get outside and enjoy the changing colors!

4.) HOLIDAY LIGHTS: MAKE YOUR PLAN – Just after Thanksgiving, those Christmas lights begin to make an appearance, so if you’re looking to take part in the neighborhood festivities, you might want to start tackling a few decisions in advance.  If you plan on decorating your house on your own, keep an eye peeled for holiday discounts that may save you a bit of money, while also making a point to take stock of any necessary Christmas paraphernalia that may sell out in December.  However, if you’re someone who would rather hire someone to complete the lighting task, start looking at pricing quotes as soon as possible.  Arrangements obviously need to be made in advance, so getting the process started will help increase the number of days you get to enjoy your home’s twinkling beauty.

5.) REPAIR DRIVEWAYS AND WALKS – Freezing temperatures can cause small cracks in driveways and walkways to expand rather quickly, so hiring a professional to remedy the situation can be well worth your while.  Instead of waiting until cracked concrete or disintegrating asphalt creates treacherous conditions for pedestrians, it’s wise to take care of any small issues before the weather gets too frosty.


While I’ve highlighted five of the relatively simple projects worth completing in the month of November, there are still other worthwhile—yet complex—tasks which will yield similar money-saving results.  From replacing your windows and repairing the roof to adding insulation and protecting your gutters, the temperate fall weather makes improving your home that much easier.

If you’d like to know more, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.

-Mirko Attolini | CRES Builders Corp. | www.CresBuilders.com | 770-983-4698