Summer is a busy time with vacations, kids’ summer camps, and gathering with friends. However, it’s smart to take some time to make home improvements to keep your house looking its best. Here are some of the best summer home upgrades to make at this time of year.
Maintain the Yard
The grass, shrubs, and trees in your yard grow faster during the summer than at any other time of year. The yard needs more maintenance to stay tidy, possibly as often as every week. Mow the lawn and trim back bushes, shrubs, and tree limbs. Tree limbs that hang over the roof could damage your home in a storm and also cause the gutters to get clogged more quickly.
Summer Home Upgrades for Windows
Replacing old windows with new ones is not an easy job, and is best left to professionals. It is a smart home improvement for summer because once you have new windows, your home will stay climate-controlled. New windows are airtight and better insulated, keeping your cool conditioned air inside and hot air outside. While this upgrade will disrupt your life for a few days, you’ll save on your energy bills for the rest of the summer and all year long.
Replace the Front Door
A new front door has one of the best ROIs of any home improvement project. Steel doors improve insulation and security. A new door also improves your home’s curb appeal. Add stylish hardware like a new knocker and kick plate to accessorize the door. Take advantage of new developments in security technology and install a doorbell camera and smart lock.
Painting is an easy way to make a room in your home look bright and new. It’s a great project for summer because you can stay indoors in the AC while doing it. Choose paints with low or no VOCs to protect your air quality.
Summer Home Upgrades for Cabinets
Cabinets can make a kitchen look modern and new or drab and outdated. Refinishing cabinets is another great and affordable indoor project to take on during summer. Change the look of your existing cabinets by sanding them and staining or painting them a new color. Then add new cabinet hardware that complements the style of the kitchen.