6 Home Improvement Projects People Are Hiring for Right Now

Don't get caught up in the heat of those home improvement projects -- let a local service knock a few off your plate.

The heat and humidity are in full swing, and so are those seemingly endless late summer and early fall to-dos. While some projects (like stocking up on pumpkin spice everything) are fun to check off your list, others (like dealing with outdoor pests) can be a drag. But don't sweat it -- a local home improvement service can take some of those less fun tasks off your list. Rather than letting your house fall behind, take a cue from your neighbors and hire a contractor to take care of the top projects people are hiring for right now.

Building Pinterest-Worthy Garden and Storage Sheds

Perfectly placed garden and storage sheds are totally trending, and now's the perfect time to get in on the action. Plus, by this point in the season all your lawn care tools have undoubtedly come out from their hiding places and are filling your garage and distracting from your beautiful yard. Make sure that come late fall, all your lawn care tools have a place to rest for the winter with a shed that's custom built to fit your yard, your tools, and your design preferences. While you're at it, make sure your new shed has plenty of workspace for those projects that are too messy to do in the house. No matter if you're looking for a storage shed for large lawn equipment or a small shed for garden tools, a local builder can design, build, and install your perfect fit.

Put the Tools Away

Adding Privacy and Security with New Fencing

While a fenceless yard may suffice during the winter months, with all the outdoor action happening during the rest of the year, a new fence can provide much-needed peace of mind -- keeping the dogs in the yard and adding privacy from nosy neighbors. Late spring and early summer are the most popular times to install a new fence, but you may be able to save a buck or two by avoiding peak season and installing in the fall. However, if you live in a cold region, don't wait too long -- frozen ground is less than ideal for digging holes for fence posts.

In addition to providing privacy and security, don't forget that adding a fence is also a great opportunity to enhance your home's look and resale value. Whether you choose a classic white picket fence or a modern metal fence, this update could be exactly the boost your yard needs.

Install Some Privacy ... and Some Value

Installing Paver Walkways and Patios for the Ultimate Landscape

Pave the way for those perfect fall fire pit parties! Nothing is quite as welcoming as a paver walkway greeting guests as soon as they pull up and guiding them right to the front door. Once your guests make their way to the backyard, make them feel like it's 5 o'clock somewhere with that perfectly designed paver patio complete with a built-in fire pit.

A landscape paver service can help create a level base for paver walkways and patios that will keep weeds out and account for drainage during rainstorms. When it comes to the design itself, they can make sure the pavers are cut to fit together and that the cracks are properly filled in to keep the pavers from drifting too far apart over time. No matter if you're thinking about brick pavers in a herringbone pattern or concrete pavers in a diamond formation, a local landscape paver service can make your dreams a reality -- in both the front yard and the back.

Looking for the ultimate add-on to your yard space? Create a paver path that winds from your patio to your garden and line the path with landscape lighting. After all, who doesn't want to show off their green thumb handiwork to all those visitors both day and night?

Pave the Way

Getting Warm-Weather Pests Under Control

Late summer months are part of the high season for outdoor pests like wasps and mosquitoes. These bugs can put quite the damper on any outdoor barbecue and keep you reaching for the bug spray throughout the fall. Should a bug problem come up that you've struggled to control all summer, it's time to reach out to a local pest control service so you can enjoy those fall nights. They'll know which treatments work best in your area and how to specifically target the pests that are causing a nuisance.

Discover a pest problem indoors? Maybe those ants have found their way to the kitchen or bats are looking to take shelter in your attic. Whatever the issue may be, don't be afraid to ask a pest control service about the treatment methods for indoor pests as well.

Keep Pests at Bay

Planting Trees for Shade and Curb Appeal

Oftentimes, it's best to plant new trees in conditions where they won't be exposed to extreme heat or cold. This means that in many areas of the country late summer and early fall are prime times for tree planting. However, if you live in a colder climate that experiences early frost, spring may win out as the best planting season. Another factor that plays into the best time to plant is the tree itself. Some trees have stronger roots that can withstand plenty of weather conditions, while others are more sensitive and need to be planted in mild weather to thrive. A tree planting company can help determine what trees are a good fit for your local environment as well as the best time to plant.

From planting a variety of small trees and nurturing them through the years to planting fully grown trees, if you just can't wait for the shade and privacy that come with mature trees, a local arborist can help you find a perfect balance. Plus, they can help find the best option to replace those trees that couldn't withstand summer storms. If you're having someone come out and plant trees on your property, you might as well use their skill set to your advantage and consult with them to find the best type of tree for your planting location, desired height, and maintenance requirements.

Put Down Some Roots

Dealing with Seasonal Air Conditioner Maintenance

Moving indoors doesn't mean your to-do list ends -- especially not with a malfunctioning air conditioner. Those scorching late summer days are the prime season for your air conditioner to decide it's time for a break. When your air conditioner leaves you facing the heat on your own, don't fiddle around in a sweaty struggle trying to find out what's happening. Stay cool, and find a local HVAC technician, who can get your home back to a comfortable temp.

Looking to avoid these problems before they begin? If you suspect that your AC unit could use a routine tune-up, or if you missed that pre-summer checkup, contact a local air conditioning technician to schedule an appointment ASAP. Trust us, prescheduled maintenance will cost much less than that emergency repair if the AC goes out altogether. As a bonus, many technicians can help prepare both your cooling and heating systems for the months ahead.

Shape Up & Cool Down

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