Summer is an excellent time to enjoy the great outdoors and spend some much-needed quality time with your family. But it’s also a good idea to put some thought into home improvement projects during the summer months, when the weather and your work schedule tend to be more accommodating. The trick is picking the projects that are most likely to be worth your while in terms of the time and money you’ll spend on them. You not only want your undertakings to improve the form and function of your home (not to mention your enjoyment of the space), but also to show a return on investment at the time of sale.
Of course, upgrades you make today won’t hold up ten or twenty years down the line, so if you’re not expecting to sell your property anytime soon, you may want to forget about the potential resale value of your home improvements and focus on the benefits you’ll enjoy as a homeowner in the meantime. In either case, here are a few summertime projects that are sure to help you meet your goals of a beautiful, functional, and valuable property.
- Landscaping. The winter weather may have wreaked havoc on the grass and other plants surrounding your home. For this reason, you’ll probably want to seed in the spring and spend the summer cultivating the landscape around your property. You should also think about adding shade if your house tends to heat up under the hot, summer sun. The addition of trees (perhaps in concert with awnings) could help to beautify your home exterior while lowering the interior temperature, potentially decreasing utility bills in the process. You may not see a lot of added value, monetarily speaking, when you attend to the flora and fauna around your home. But you don’t have to spend a lot to create a lovely landscape that makes your home more attractive. And it can save you money, especially if you opt to grow a garden that provides you with fresh produce.
- Curb appeal. Once you own a home, you may be more concerned about upgrading your living spaces rather than the outdoors, but don’t neglect the curb appeal of your home if you have any intention of keeping up property values in your neighborhood, or if you’re looking to sell in the near future. Along these lines you should not only beautify your yard, but also spruce up your faÃ§ade with a fresh coat of paint, new house numbers, and any repair work that needs to be done. Summer is also a great time to address cracks in the sidewalk or driveway by repaving these surfaces.
- Repairs. There are all kinds of home repairs that are best completed during the summer, mainly those that involve your home exterior. While the rain and snow are nowhere to be seen, you might want to clean and repair gutters and downspouts, deal with drainage issues around your home, address problems with siding, paint the house, and attend to any number of issues that could be exacerbated when fall and winter weather roll around. And if you’ve been having mold problems, the heat of summer can help to dry out areas that suffer from excessive moisture so that you can start off on the right foot with your fixes.
- Roofing. You definitely don’t want to take the hat off your house when there’s any chance of inclement weather, so summer is the best time to do roof repairs or even replacement, especially if you live in a region that experiences plenty of stormy weather later in the year.
- Insulation. You probably have your HVAC system cleaned and serviced and change your air filters before summer, but you might not think about the possibility of using this time to upgrade your insulation. However, your windows and walls not only keep the warm air in during the winter, but they also keep it out during the summer. Having ample (or at least adequate) insulation is an important factor in energy efficiency year-round. So you might want to add this item to your list of home projects in summer.