It’s the Labour Day long weekend (hopefully you’ll get some time to sit back and relax).
For professional contractors, they usually try to complete certain jobs by Labour Day.
Why? Because once back-to-school starts – and once the weather begins to turn – finishing those tasks will be much more difficult.
So if you’re wondering what to work on this weekend, take a look at what the pros do when they’re at home.
Curb appeal improvements
If you’re looking to give your home a simple sprucing up, now’s the time to do it.
We’re talking about various curb appeal projects like:
- Exterior painting: paint won’t cure in cold or wet weather, so make sure you tackle this project before the long weekend is over
- Planting or landscaping: Planting fall flowers now gives them enough time to adapt to your garden’s topsoil before autumn truly arrives
- Add a fresh layer of garden mulch: If the mulch on your garden looks old and faded, placing a fresh layer will give your garden a colour boost which will last throughout fall and winter
- Installing a new front door: It’s much easier to install a new front door when the weather is warm and still, versus trying to do it in a cold, wet or windy day
- Replace your landscape lighting: As fall and winter comes, it’s going to get dark outside much earlier. Replace or repair and burnt out or malfunctioning landscape lighting elements now.
Clean and caulk your windows
You should always try to give your exterior windows a thorough cleaning and caulking at least once per year.
And if you haven’t done it already, Labour Day weekend is the perfect time to get it done.
As you clean your windows, make sure you note any cracks or areas which could use caulking.
By sealing your windows now, you’ll ensure your home stays warm (and your energy bill stays low) as the cold weather approaches.
Clean and seal your backyard deck
Your backyard deck takes a pounding during the summer from rain, heat and wind.
And in the winter, it will take a beating from cold temperatures and snow.
Prepare your deck for the winter by using a deck cleaner to remove dirt, stains and even mold.
Then, you can apply deck stain or sealant to protect it from the elements in the upcoming months.
Seal your interlock driveway
The pros always make certain their interlock driveways are sealed and protected.
Driveway cracks or holes which are left unsealed will get worse as the temperature drops. Sealing your driveway this Labour Day weekend will prevent further damage from occurring.
And if you have an asphalt driveway instead of interlocking pavers, asphalt sealant doesn’t cure very well when it’s cold outside.
Simply put, this weekend is the ideal time to seal your driveway for the fall and winter months.
Clean out your garage
If there’s no room in your garage for your car in the summer, then there’s no room for it in the winter.
And it’s no fun to clean out an unheated garage in the dead of winter.
The pros always make sure their garages are clear and free of clutter before the summer ends. When it comes to unwanted items, you have a few options available to you:
- Rent a storage unit space for unused items
- Donate unwanted items to charity
- Host a garage sale
We can help you finish your Labour Day tasks (so you’ll have time to enjoy the weekend)
Whatever you want to finish this Labour Day long weekend, we can help you with (just about) anything.
Whether you need new mulch for the garden, a few more interlocking stones to lie down or a fresh layer of topsoil, Lane’s is your Labour Day source.
And one last thing: make sure you have a safe, enjoyable and relaxing Labour Day long weekend.