People are looking to weatherproof their homes, do repairs, and more.

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While the seasonal prep this time of year tends to revolve around getting ready for the holidays—buying gifts, planning parties and gatherings, booking travel, et cetera—there’s a lot to be done when it comes to practical home maintenance matters. Home services website Thumbtack just released a report that looks at the top trending home projects this fall, and one of the biggest “trends” was seasonal maintenance. 

To avert any winter weather damage, homeowners are looking to get their home prep work done sooner rather than later. In fact, the Thumbtack team found that with another El Niño on the way, water damage and cleanup restoration are up +91% from last year, waterproofing projects are up +71%, and sump pump installations or repairs are up +63%. Roof inspections are up +108%, with almost half focused on routine check-ups. Additionally, landscape work is a big focus in the fall, like lawn mowing and trimming; full-service lawn care; tree trimming or removal; and outdoor landscaping and design work. You can take a look at the trending outdoor projects below:

Most Booked Outdoor Projects of Fall:

  • Lawn Mowing and Trimming ($55-$70 average cost)
  • Full-Service Lawn Care ($65-$108 average cost)
  • Tree Trimming or Removal ($490 average cost)
  • Roof Repair and Maintenance ($400 average cost)
  • Outdoor Landscaping and Design ($62-$96 average minimum fee)
  • Pest Control Services ($125 average cost)
  • Pressure Washing ($281 average cost)
  • Exterior Painting ($3,000-$8,100 average cost)
  • Fence and Gate Installation ($1,501 average cost)
  • Concrete Installation ($6.92-$9.77 per square foot average cost)

Inside the home, people are checking if their HVAC systems are ready for the colder months ahead—duct and vent repairs are up +67% year-over-year. Homeowners are also opting for sustainable upgrades, too—solar panel installations or repairs are up +67% YoY. They’re also doing other repairs, like fixing appliances, plumbing, garage doors, and locks. Thumbtack recommends people clean their gutters, seal basement walls to prevent water from seeping through, and take a look at their landscaping to check water flow. Below you can get the full list of the top trending indoor projects and repair projects.

Most Booked Indoor Projects Ahead of the Holidays:

  • House Cleaning ($180 average cost)
  • Junk Removal ($200 average cost)
  • Interior Painting ($324-$1,620/room average cost)
  • TV Mounting ($139 average cost)
  • Furniture Assembly ($148 average cost)
  • Floor Installation ($1,505 average cost)
  • Carpet Cleaning ($175 average cost)
  • Drywall Repair and Texturing ($310 average cost)
  • Lighting Installation ($200 average cost)
  • Tile Installation ($799 average cost)

Most Booked Repair Projects This Fall:

  • Appliance Repair ($80 average cost)
  • Electrical Repair ($185 average cost)
  • Plumbing Pipe Repair ($175 average cost)
  • Roof Repair ($375 average cost)
  • Plumbing Drain Repair ($56-$129 per hour average cost)
  • Central Air Conditioning Repair ($300 average cost for labor and parts)
  • Drywall Repair ($310 average cost)
  • Sprinkler and Irrigation System Repair ($100 average cost)
  • Garage Door Repair ($154 average cost)
  • Lock Repair ($104 average cost)
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For more on popular home projects, check out the report and also head to