Summer is the seasons when home improvement fans really get to go wild and let their imaginations fly, undertaking projects that at no other point in the year would they even consider tackling. Indeed most people end up scribbling down a fairly extensive list of renovation projects that need to, supposedly, be over and done with by the time the leaves start to fall. Yet, as with so many things in life, all of this is easier said than done, and oftentimes projects either get left for the cold season or pushed back for an entire year! To help home owners out in this regard, here we have highlighted a few renovation projects that are likely to be on most people’s summertime list and offered a few ideas for how to finish these projects on schedule and without too much hassle.
An excellent summer home improvement project could very easily be Replacing any old and deteriorated windows in the home. This sort of project is on the one hand cosmetic (windows have a really big impact on the way a home looks from the street, the backyard, etc.) and on the other hand it’s a functional project, as good windows will improve insulation throughout the home and will thereby reduce the electricity and/or the gas bill. Don’t just look into any old window set and don’t let your aesthetic priorities dominate your choice entirely, but rather research which window brands have got the best energy-efficiency ratings according to Energy Star. Fortunately, these sorts of ‘smarter’ windows come in many shapes and designs and therefore you won’t have to be choosing between performance and looks.
Another home improvement project that any home owner would be wise to do in the summer has to do with fixing roofing materials. Whether it’s a shingled roof you’re dealing with or a flat, painted roof, summer is the best time as you can really dry things out under the hot sun and ensure yourself the best results at the end. Similarly, for projects focusing on fixing water filtration issues below ground level, the summer is once again going to be the season of choice.
Then again, many people choose the summer to focus on outdoor home improvement jobs, such as those having to do with landscaping. Landscaping is perhaps the one type of project that more people will be willing to try to do on their own than any other kind of home improvement project, though at the same time it is highly visible to the public and therefore you won’t want to mess it up! In any case, the rest of the summer is a great time to go ahead and put in those new flower beds you’ve been wanting for so long, for building an outdoor barbecue pit or arranging a poolside lounging area, or even carrying out diverse landscaping jobs to help improve overall home security conditions on your property (reducing fire hazards, eliminating appeal for burglars).