Blog Post Updated on: April 15, 2019
In this post, you will learn…
- Home improvement ideas for the summer
- What you can do to increase the value of your home
- Why summer is the perfect season to tackle home renovation projects
When the days get longer because the sun sets later, it's the perfect time to catch up on home improvement projects. Here's a list of some summer home improvement projects that will get you outside to spruce up your home, and perhaps increase its value at the same time.
Window Cleaning in the Summer
No one wants to look out their window come spring time and see dirt, streaks, residue or ripped screens. Sometimes it's easy in the winter to ignore things like dirty windows or window frames. But summer is the perfect time to open those curtains, lift those windows and let the breeze in.
Dirty windows can block scenic views and damaged screens can let in bugs and mosquitos. A thorough cleaning of all of your windows, inside and out, should be at the top of your summer home improvement projects list. The best way to do this is with two simple tools: water and a squeegee. You don't need fancy cleaners to wipe grime from your windows. Just these two items and some elbow grease will ensure your windows are sparkly clean.
While you're cleaning your windows, make sure there are no holes or tears in your screens. If there are, you can pick up a simple repair kit from the hardware store, or you can have new screens installed if they are looking particularly drab. Be sure to inspect your windows too. If you notice any cracks, seal breeches or leaky areas, it may be time to think about getting replacement windows. Summer is the perfect time to update your windows and make sure they're intact for the upcoming cold winter months, to ensure energy efficiency.
Adding a Sunroom or Screen Room
If you live in an area with harsh or long winters, you want to enjoy the summer months and soak up as much Vitamin D as you can. One way to enjoy the outdoors during the summer even more is to create the perfect space where you, your family and friends can spend time together without the nuisance of bugs or threat of a summer rain shower. Adding a Patio Enclosures® sunroom will create extra space for your family while also adding value to your home. Sunrooms let you enjoy the outdoors while still being protected from any kind of extreme weather or bugs. Best yet, if you already have a covered space like a porch or patio, enclosing it to create a sunroom or screen room is possible and easy. Patio Enclosures rooms are custom made to fit your unique space.
Take a Seat
A fire pit is a great way to gather around with your loved ones. You can grill on it during the day or roast marshmallows and make s'mores at night. For even more fun, incorporate built-in seats around your fire pit. If you're in need of a more temporary solution, just place comfortable folding chairs around the fire pit. Just make sure you have enough seats for everybody!
Entertaining On Your Deck
If you're thinking about adding a sunroom or you already have one, a great complementary home renovation idea is a deck. Building a deck off your sunroom or even building a sunroom on your existing deck is a wonderful way to keep cooler in the summer when you need some shelter from the sun.
Just imagine grilling food, and entertaining family and friends outside of your sunroom on your deck. You could easily slip in and out of doors to prepare your meals and then set them on a dining table in the sunroom. No more hassling with bulky and hard-to-use outdoor umbrellas to keep your guests protected from the hot, midday summer sun!
Another great summer home improvement idea that adds a lot of value to your home is landscaping. Whether you're looking to just add some mulch and flowers, or do a complete overhaul of your home’s exterior, landscaping can be an important investment. A University study in South Carolina found that just by elevating your landscaping's status from “good” to “excellent” adds as much as 7% to your home's value!
So when you're looking to make improvements to your landscaping, should you do the work yourself or call a professional? The answer depends on the type and amount of work involved.
If you have well-established flower beds, trees and grass, you may just need to do general maintenance. Maintenance like pruning trees, laying mulch and weeding are things that most homeowners can do themselves. However, it's up to you to know how much work you can handle.
Tougher jobs, like seeding a yard, planting trees and major landscape design, should be left to the professionals. After all, if a good landscaping job can improve the value of your home, a bad job can certainly devalue it.
Summer is the time to be outside and enjoy the beauty of nature, but that doesn't mean you can't bring your own special touch to an outdoor space. Décor for the outside of your house is just as important as the inside of the house, so you can express yourself and enjoy your own personal space even more.
You can put up those wind chimes you bought on vacation. Or you can use container pots to enhance your outdoor escape. You can even add some string lights around your backyard to create a magical glow. It's your yard, it's your sanctuary...so own it!
If you’re ready to improve your home this summer, contact the professionals at Patio Enclosures to help you get started on a sunroom addition project. Fill out our online form for a free, in-home estimate or call us at 1-800-230-8301 today!
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