As the weather gets colder, there are plenty of October DIY projects you need to do around your house. The Fall is a great time to touch things up, fix anything that’s broken, and also make your house safe and secure for the season.
In this article, I take you through the top 5 things to do around your home this Fall. These are mainly maintenance items that need doing for the stability and aesthetic of your house. Some are more complicated than others. Whilst they’re not super fun DIY projects like others we’ve written about before, they sure are useful!
Top 5 October DIY Projects
So, what October DIY projects do you need to do around your house? Maybe you haven’t quite worked that out yet. Don’t worry, I have a few suggestions for where to get started.
1. Painting – An Essential October DIY Project
Paint wears out after some time. Take a walk around your house, checking any painted areas for cracks, peeling, or water damage. October is the perfect time to touch up any damaged paint around your house and make it feel fresh and new.
Why not also use this October DIY project to add a bit of something extra to your internal and external space? Paint your front door a new color, paint bedrooms, add a feature wall, or try some upcycling of furniture with chalk paint!
2. Driveway Maintenance
Maintaining your driveway is another important October DIY project to get stuck into. Driveways undergo significant wear and tear, especially in the cold months. Getting it back up to working order will probably take you a couple of days.
Clean your driveway, and leave it overnight to completely dry out. Do this when the weather is bright and there’s no rain, otherwise, it will not dry enough to maintain it. Seal any cracks if your driveway is asphalt, and leave to dry. There are a few simple steps to follow when doing this. You might also want to take a look at your garage, deciding whether it needs resurfacing or painting to make it look good as new again.
3. Clean Your Fireplace
Who doesn’t love a cozy Fall or Winter fire in the house? If you’ve got a wood, gas, or coal fireplace, then October is the time to get it clean before the weather turns. Clear out any debris from past fires and get it ready to start burning bright again this season.
The same goes for your garden fire pit if you have one. Although a brilliant addition to any Summer evening, fire pits are also great in the Fall and even sometimes Winter. It’s somewhere to sit with the family on a chilly evening, toasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories. Make sure your fire pit is clean and maintained as part of your October DIY to get it ready for this.
4. Tidy Up Your Yard
Tidying your yard is an important task to do in September and October before the weather turns. We’ve already told you all about the important steps of garden maintenance for the cold months in our Autumn garden article. This ranges from cutting grass to raking leaves.
Do this as part of your October DIY projects to ensure your yard is prepared for the cold weather. It’s important to maintain the health of your garden this season, as otherwise, it won’t be vibrant and lively in the Spring and Summer.
5. Seasonal Planting October DIY
Finally, get ready for the Fall with some seasonal planting to finish off your October DIY projects! We’ve got plenty of suggestions for vegetables to plant in September. However, you don’t have to limit yourself there. Fall is a brilliant time to plant landscaping trees. There are plenty of other shrubs and plants you could get into the ground, too.
For example, bright flowers like Asters and Sedums do well at this time of year. Container-grown evergreens and even ground cover plants can also be planted in October too. Just make sure you also know how to maintain your seasonal plantings!
As you can see, there are plenty of October DIY projects to get you started and spruce up your home this Fall. Start with some of the easier, essential jobs on this list before also moving on to bigger projects.