DIY Summer Home Improvements
Besides for swimming, BBQs and some fun in the sun, summer is also a very good time to do those repairs and maintenance in and around your home. Upgrades made to your home can help you improve the overall value of your home as well.
Here are some home improvement ideas that you can apply to your home while the rain, ice, snow, and winds are out of the picture.
1. Roof - Apart from the roof maintenance check that should be done at least twice a year, making sure that your roof is clean will secure its lifespan and will help avoid other house maintenance problems. Cleaning a roof is best done with a rented pressure washer if you do not own one or you could call in a professional. Moss, bacteria, and stains do not give your home great curb appeal, and some growths can cause damage to your roof.
2. Windows - For some, cleaning the window is something that does not happen very often, summer is the best time to use some elbow grease and get those windows squeaky clean so you can enjoy a clear view of those beautiful summer days. If you have wooden window frames, you can freshen the look of your home with a new color that matches the exterior of your home.
If your windows are old and damaged you should consider installing new ones, and not just any kind, but those that are energy efficient. Dual pane window will improve the look of your home and reduce noise as well as keep the cooled air inside. Hanging up some curtains with a white back will improve the energy efficiency by reflecting those unwanted sun rays.
3. Keep things cool - To make sure you stay cool when things get hot, the simplest thing you can do yourself is to clean the filter of the air conditioner. Cleaning the filter of the AC at least every two weeks will ensure that it works efficiently. Another part of the AC that should be cleaned out at least once in a while is the fan, located behind the frame.
If you have ceiling fans, you should remember to reverse the spinning direction in the summer to get the maximum cooling effect, something many people tend to overlook. Flip the switch, located above the blade so that the fan runs counter clockwise which will push cold air downwards. Making sure the fan is clean of dust will help it work more efficiently. When reconsidering to upgrade your home cooling system, it is best to choose energy efficient appliances, keep in mind that ceiling fans waste less energy than an AC system.
4 Landscaping - When the summer arrives, it is time to get your hands dirty by taking care of your garden and planting some trees around your home. Beautiful landscaping is one of the best ways to add value to your property. Landscaping project can add 28% to the overall value of your home and at the same time it is the least expensive to do yourself. By adding gorgeous flowers beds your home will look more attractive, and big trees will offer shade, but in the meantime, you can add some color to your outside by buying some umbrellas or pergolas that come in so many shapes and colors that will fit any style.
5. Smart technology - Summertime is a great time to familiarize yourself with the latest gadgets on the market at some investments can save you money in the long run, and they are another way to improve your home's value. By installing a programmable thermostat will help you customize the temperature profile throughout the day which leads to small saving during the months. Looking into solar energy is also an excellent way to minimize your bills during the summer even if it is just adding some solar lanterns in your garden.
6. Decoration - Get the creativity flowing during the summer by renovating some old furniture. Without spending a fortune, you can find beautiful items at the flea market or in an antique shop. By getting rid of old things, you will feel lighter and create some space around your home, here are some great DIY upcycling projects for things you do not longer use, but cannot get over your heart to throw out.
7. Prepare for winter - Making that new installation or repairing broken things around the house is best done in the summer. Consider getting that home insulation done in the summer time if you do not have efficient insulation. It is less intrusive having professionals in your house during the summer time, as you and the kids can make plans to go outside.
As the days are longer and the nights are shorter with good weather, it is time to start that projects that you have been planning all winter or do that maintenance check that the winter weather didn't allow. When doing repairs or replacements, you should think in terms of energy efficiency as they will save you money in the long run and some cases may be a good home investment.