10 Fall Home Improvement Tips

*This is a guest post and not written by me. Thanks and enjoy!

Now that summer gear has been stowed away, it’s time to focus on fall home improvement projects. According to Vicki Payne, host of the For Your Home with Vicki Payne television show, autumn is the key time to evaluate your home exterior and prepare it for the harsh winter months ahead.


Payne recommends this checklist for these 10 Fall Home Improvement Tips:

10 Fall Home Improvement Tips

Tip #1Evaluate your roof. Look for missing or loose shingles, deterioration of asphalt shingles along with mold, algae or splitting of real wood shingles. If the roof is in poor shape, consider upgrading to a synthetic roof, like those from DaVinci Roofscapes®. The composite shake and slate products resist fire, impact, high winds, insects, and mold, making them an ideal long-term investment for a home.

how to Clean your gutters

Tip #2Clean your gutters. Get leaves and gunk out now so that gutters won’t get backed up, clogged and frozen in the winter, causing ice formations. Gutters should be securely attached to the home and sloped for proper drainage. Also, check to make sure all downspouts are clean and connected.

Check your siding and trim

Tip #3Check your siding and trim. Make sure there are no rotting boards or insect infestations in any wood exterior products. Determine if a new paint job is needed before the winter weather hits. Should these items need replacement, research man-made low-maintenance products, like James Hardie® fiber cement siding or Ply Gem® PVC trim as reliable replacement options for key exterior parts of the home.

Evaluate the deck

Tip #4Evaluate the deck. If your deck has seen its last summer party, look at replacing it before the winter with either a Western Red Cedar deck or composite decking from TAMKO®. Both products stand up extremely well to all types of weather and will make you happy to step out onto the deck every time.

Check the functionality of your garage door

Tip #5 – Check the functionality of your garage door. You’re in and out of your garage door many times each day. Make sure it’s functioning properly and has strong air infiltration seals to help keep energy bills down. If you’re ready for a new look or a harder-working garage door, consider the steel and aluminum options from Haas Door.

Seal up the windows

Tip #6Seal up the windows. Make sure your windows have strong weather-stripping in place with energy-efficient glass that is still working. If it’s time to upgrade your windows, investigate those with ENERGY STAR® ratings to help keep your home warmer during the winter months.

privacy windows

Tip #7Consider a privacy window upgrade. Tired of closing blinds or shades to gain privacy in your bathroom or bedroom? Think about replacing key windows with decorative glass or acrylic block privacy windows. Available from Hy-Lite in both operable and fixed styles, these windows add a beautiful accent to a room while protecting your privacy.

Front Door with Wreath

Tip #8Check out your doors. As with windows, your entry doors should have weather stripping that’s not worn out around the entire opening. This helps keep drafty cold air out of your house during winter months.

railing on staircase

Tip #9Secure or replace railings. Loose or unstable railing systems can be dangerous. Check all balusters, handrails and elements of front and back rail systems to assure they’re functioning properly. If it’s time for a replacement, consider a new look by adding cable rails or glass balustrades from Fortress Railing Products.

raking leaves

Tip #10Spend time with your landscaping. Once the leaves have fallen, get out the rakes. Remove dead leaves and underbrush around the house and garden area before the snow falls. Re-mulch key landscaping areas. Trim back trees and bushes away from the house to get your home ready for winter snows.

Giveaway Time!!


One person is going to win a Protector no-overflow Toilet from Mansfield Plumbing!!


The contest is open to US 18+. Giveaway will end on October 9, 2016, at 11:59 PM MT. The winner will have 48 hours to confirm their win, after I email them, or a new winner will be chosen. I am not responsible for lost or stolen mail.


  1. Lily Kwan says:

    The 6060 Pro-Fit Air Massage Bath looks very nice!

  2. Richard Hicks says:

    Would like to see giveaway for BARRETT MODEL: 330 sink

  3. The Barrett 330 pedestal sink is very nice. Would love to see a giveaway for that.

  4. Joni Chadwell says:

    I care for disabled adults in my home . They live w/ us 24/7 the 3260 Pro-Fit Bathtub

    Model: 6553 would make a great prize

  5. A shower base would be a good possibility

  6. wow-anything

  7. Mercedes Cassity says:

    I love that bathtub

  8. allyson becker says:

    A 3260 Pro-Fit Whirlpool would be an amazing prize.

  9. Hesper Fry says:

    I like the 3260TFS LH Pro-Fit Whirlpool bathtub.

  10. laurie murley says:

    I would love to have the Brentwood sink

  11. Christina Sparks says:


  12. Another item from Mansfield Plumbing I would like to see in a giveaway would be the CASCADE
    MODEL: 4817-3816 Rimless Toilet.

  13. Jennifer H. says:

    Model: 6153A.

  14. vicki lorenz says:

    I would love the BARRETT 4266 WHIRLPOOL

  15. Lizee McMillian says:

    I am not picky! Anything would be awesome!

  16. I would also like the GRANDE ISLE lavatory sink
    Model: 2018HBNS

  17. I would also love the 4268 OVAL CD PRO-FIT WHIRLPOOL!

  18. richelle bowers says:

    3260 Pro-Fit Air Massage Bath

  19. We have 2 bathrooms to re-do, so all sinks, toilets and tubs would be great!

  20. Michelle Coles says:

    I love the Barrett Model 268!

  21. Leah Shumack says:

    A spa bathtub! That’s definitely a wonderful prize!

  22. Ashley turicik says:

    I love the whirlpool pro fit bath tub

  23. Marilyn Nawara says:

    I like the look of the BRENTWOOD toilet — would love to win this for my downstairs half-bath.

  24. I would like to see the Enso Vanity in a giveaway.

  25. ColleenMarie says:


  26. Dana Matthews says:

    The BARRETT model pedestal sink is nice. I’d like to have this for myself!

  27. Cheryl Everitt says:

    OMG – Walk-n bathtub

  28. I like the essence toilet. We have a very small bathroom upstairs and it seems smaller than some.

  29. Mindi Eden says:

    A walk-in tub would be awesome!

  30. Paula Adams says:

    I’ve always dreamed of a jetted soaker tub! So I’d love to see the Mansfield 4260 Oval Pro-Fit Whirlpool Tub! Heaven!

  31. Audra O'Hara says:

    I’d also like to see a giveaway for their Waverly model 257 sink.

  32. Tony Cruz says:

    AEGEAN ADA model 708 Low water usage toilet

  33. I would love to see some of the bathroom fixtures as a giveaway!

  34. I would love to have the Denali™ – Power Flush Toilet

  35. I would love the Essence 3666 Whirlpool!

  36. Onyinye Elochukwu says:

    I would love to see bathroom fixtures for the next giveaway.

  37. I would LOVE a new tub. I’m not too picky about which one, since they are all nice!

  38. ellen beck says:

    I LOVE their ENSO VANITY MODEL: 884. It is absolutely beautiful. It looks like it is part of collection and browsing through it is all beautiful. I personally need the toilet, but boy I love this vanity~

  39. Madeline Burns says:

    I’m interested in the walk-in tub.

  40. i would appreciate any time of bathroom fixture as this bathroom is really old and the tub is a old cast iron and was not kept in good condition .and the sink and toilet are a joke but right now the house we bought is going to have stay that way until we can save a little

  41. I like the Barrett Whirlpool tub for a giveaway but that’s a big prize to deliver!

  42. Lisa Williams says:

    I would love it if you had a bath tub giveaway,I’m badly in need of a new one,mine is in terrible condition.

  43. Jeri dickinson says:

    Really need this, mine is always overflowing thanks to my husband

  44. Candace Galan says:

    I would love a Pro Fit Whirlpool tub given away!

  45. Leslie Merritt says:

    Would love love a whirlpool tub!!!

  46. debbie quintall says:

    love the brentwood sink

  47. Robert Burns says:

    walk in tub

  48. Trevor Oestreich says:

    Microderm bath tub 🙂

  49. Sheryl Holden says:

    a bath tub

  50. Angie Fiack says:

    I love the Essence pedestal sink.

  51. Wendy McBride says:

    I’d like a Baywood 5.0 Microderm Therapeutic Bathtub or just a regular well-made bathtub since mine has lost some of it’s finish.

  52. I really like the BARRETT 3666 BATHTU.

  53. I agree with everyone else, GREAT!!!

  54. Brandy Monday says:

    the ENSO VANITY is beautiful

  55. Francesca Miranda says:

    I would love to see the Barrett Model 330 sink in the next giveaway

  56. I would like a giveaway for one of their tubs!

  57. I would love to see the walk-in tub in a giveaway

  58. terri bollin says:

    I would love to win a rimless toilet

  59. the whirlpool tub would be awesome to have!

  60. I like the Avalon Dual Therapy Air Massage Bath,I could real see my self in there already

  61. Meghan Finley says:



  63. Angela Williams says:

    I also like the Barrett Whirlpool tub because it seems like it would be very relaxing with sixteen jets.


    I’d like to see you give away the 3260TFS LH PRO-FIT WHIRLPOOL

  65. I like the Avalon DualTherapy Air Massage Bath! Would love a chance to win it!

  66. patricia skinner says:

    I like the Essence model 259 sink.

  67. I also like the Barrett HET toilet

  68. Evelyn Frierson says:

    Great Giveaway

  69. Cheryl Carmona says:

    Love the Enso Vanity. We have a very small second bath that this would be great in!

  70. Catherine Lewis says:

    I would like to see a giveaway on one of the spa bathtubs. That would be great!

  71. I like the Barrett sink.

  72. Allison Swain says:

    I’d like to see the 3260TFS LH Pro-Fit Whirlpool tub on here

    Thanks for the nice giveaway

  73. carol clark says:

    BARRETT sink

  74. I would like to see the Enzo vanity as a giveaway.

  75. The BARRETT Sink would be wonderful for a giveaway.
    MODEL: 268

  76. Connie Tucker says:

    The Essence Model: 320 Lavatory. I love the style and the towel bar rocks!

  77. Robin Pearson says:

    Pro Dit Whirlpool

  78. aaron matteson says:

    whirlpool tub

  79. The 3260 Pro-Fit Air Massage Bath would be the best choice, thank you so much for this!

  80. Jennifer Heintz says:

    A great giveaway would be the PRO-FIT WHIRLPOOL tub. What a gift that would be

  81. Any of the whirlpool tubs would be great!

  82. the 3260 Pro-Fit Air Massage Bath would be awesome!

  83. Darlene Carbajal says:

    I like the Barrett sink.

  84. Margaret Porter says:

    The Pro Dit Whirlpool would be awesome!

  85. Kelly Tupick says:

    I would love the BARRETT model 330 sink in white.

  86. I love their BARRETT sink. Very classic style.

  87. Debbie Yoder says:

    I would choose the 3636st shower base!

  88. steve weber says:

    I also like the Barrett Model: 330 pedestal sink

  89. This sounds silly, but I would love to see a shower pan giveaway. I have to completely redo one of my showers so that would be perfect!

  90. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I would also love to have the 3260 PRO-FIT WHIRLPOOL

  91. I also love the ENSO VANITY!

  92. vickie couturier says:
  93. One of their amazing bathtubs would be great, maybe the 3260 PRO-FIT WHIRLPOOL, but I would love to know more about their air massage tubs too!

  94. elizabeth miller says:

    The 3260 Pro-Fit Whirlpool would be great…probably a dream but would be really nice to win in a give away

  95. I want the BARRETT 3666 BATHTUB.

  96. Angela Hendricks says:

    I love the Essence Sink! I would love if you had a giveaway for one of those!

  97. I also like the Barrett Model: 330 pedestal sink.

  98. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I could use a shower base (not sure exactly which one is right.) We are in the process of remodeling an older home. While we have not yet started the bathroom, we will be doing a lot of work in there, including replacing the old tub with a large shower.

  99. Michele Pineda says:

    I like the aldo II model 251 sink it looks somewhat like the one I have now that has just gotten a crack in it 🙁

  100. Austin Baroudi says:

    The 3260 Pro-Fit Bathtub would be cool! Thanks so much for the chance!

  101. I think the 3660 PRO-FIT AIR MASSAGE BATH would make a great giveaway!

  102. oval pro fit tub

  103. The 3260 Pro-Fit Air Massage Bath looks really amazing!

  104. Another product I would really like is the 3660 OVAL PRO-FIT AIR MASSAGE BATH….so nice! 🙂 Thank you.

  105. Patty wright says:

    Shower base. I didn’t know you could buy just the base

  106. Billie Bernal says:

    I’d love to see you give away one of their awesome tubs.

  107. Rimless toilet … oh my god, what a wonderful option

  108. Renee Walters says:

    I would also like their 3260 PRO-FIT WHIRLPOOL TUB!

  109. This would be great. Fingers crossed

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