You probably have a laundry list of home improvement projects that you’d like to complete, and summer is certainly a season when it’s easier to get things done, thanks to longer days and the ease of taking time off work. But you might want to save your indoor upgrades for the long winter months when you’re stuck inside anyway. The balmy weather of the summer season is better suited to outdoor work that can’t be done when the temperatures drop and storms move in. Here are just a few home improvement projects that are best completed during the summer.
- Add curb appeal. Summer is the best time of year to spruce up your home exterior, and the facade is a great place to start since it offers the first impression of your property. You can begin by addressing issues with your lawn and landscaping; seeding, weeding, watering, and planting in order to get your flora and fauna looking fine. From there you might want to address issues made worse by the winter, such as cracked pavement and peeling paint. And you can add a little extra appeal by upgrading house numbers, lighting, and the mailbox, as well as adding some potted plants to the porch.
- Create an outdoor room. Once you’ve got your front yard looking spectacular it’s time to take a trip to the backyard for an assessment. Summer is the time to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends, and your backyard can be the place to entertain if you take the time to create a beautiful, functional, and comfortable exterior space. A grill, some lawn chairs, and a few trees for shade can meet your basic needs, but you could go the extra mile and add some value to your property in the process by building out a deck or patio, putting in a permanent bar space complete with grill and mini fridge, and adding extras like a fire pit or water feature, as well as beautiful landscaping to create a lush, backyard oasis. You could even consider installing a pool.
- Paint the house. If the wear and tear of winter has left your paint in a deplorable state, the heat of summer will help a new coat of paint to dry post haste. So whip out your bucket and brush or rent an airbrushing system from your local hardware store.
- Repair the roof. You obviously don’t want to tear off the roof when there’s even the slightest chance of rain, so summer is definitely the time to address issues with gutters and downspouts and repair or replace outdated and damaged roofing.
- Add insulation. Home energy efficiency is high on the list of priorities for many homeowners, especially with the cost of utilities constantly on the rise. And while you’ve probably considered upgrading your AC before summer hits, you might not have given much thought to the role that proper insulation plays in keeping your home cool in the summer and warm during the winter months. But as summer home improvement projects go, few will show a better return on investment than sealing leaks, improving ventilation, adding insulation, and upgrading windows. All of these efforts combined can save you major money on home heating and cooling costs, potentially paying for themselves and then some over time.