Haunted by housework? Never fear. Before Halloween gives way to holiday hosting, take on these fall projects that are so much less scary than they seem.
Get rid of pests
Average national cost for an exterminator: $111
Decorating your house with harmless spiders and bats for Halloween is fine, but spotting actual spiders, cockroaches, and mice in your home will really creep you out. If you notice pests already, chances are they’re well-established — and they’ll only infest deeper in your house as fall rains give way to winter slush and snow. But a pest control expert can make it like they were never even there.
Replace household tile
Average national cost for tile installation: $500
It’s time to replace that floor tile with the scary color scheme you inherited from the previous homeowners. Tile installation pros cut and lay tile with precision — and leave without a trace.
Hang your TV
Average national cost for TV wall mounting: $130
Hanging a TV is a scary thing to DIY: the consequences range from having a crooked TV to having a TV that falls down, damages the wall, and breaks into pieces. Luckily for you, there are people who do this professionally, so you can plot your Halloween movie marathon while someone else figures out where the pivot thingie goes and how to hide all the wires.
Fix your plumbing
Average national cost for plumbing: $123
Maybe there’s a clog in your bathroom sink that makes the water gurgle creepily as it slowly drains out. Or maybe there are these weird knocking sounds in your wall that you’re kind of just hoping will go away.
They won’t. And you don’t have to deal with them. A plumber does. Just hire them already.
Restore your furniture
Average national cost for furniture refinishing: $400
A furniture refinisher is the person you call to erase a frightful scar across your dining room table, or mend a sofa leg that your cat has been using as a scratching post. Having your furniture restored is so much less scary — and better for the planet — than replacing it. Plus, it’ll make your home feel that much readier for holiday hosting.
Get your windows cleaned
Average national cost for window cleaning: $173
Windows covered in cobwebs, dirt and water spots can make your home look like an actual haunted house. Let a professional clean them before harsh winter weather makes it harder. It can be done in a day, and it’ll help your windows and screens last longer.
Handle the little things
Average national cost for a handyman: $161
Haunted by all that stuff you’ve been meaning to do? You know — hanging artwork, changing out hard-to-reach light bulbs, assembling that thing in the guest room… Instead, find a handyman, give them a thoughtful to-do list, and those ghosts will be gone in one afternoon.
Repair the roof
Average national cost for roof repair: $340
You don’t want to find out there’s a leak after the winter rains and snows come in. Get a roof repair pro to evaluate your roof and address any issues now. It’s one of the best home touchups you can take on this fall.
* All pricing in this blog post reflect the national average cost for each category at the time of post writing. For current cost estimates specific to your location, please use our pricing tool.