Summer is a time for fun and relaxation. But who says you can only kick back and enjoy yourself on a trip? Many Coloradans use these months to create a summer oasis in the comfort of their homes.
Whether you’ve lived in your home for several months or years, there always seems to be a few projects on your to-do list. So, which projects are worth tackling so you can admire your work for the rest of the season? Check out these easy home improvement projects for the summer.
Give your yard some TLC
It’s natural to want to overlook your yard as we approach the hottest days of the year. But make no mistake: you can still beautify this space even with rising temperatures. You don’t have to break the bank doing so, either.
Pick a cool morning to trim your bushes or trees. Get rid of any weeds you’ve ignored (though be sure you use products that won’t harm children or pets). Lastly, fertilize your lawn and double-check that your sprinkler system is working properly.
Take a look at your home’s exterior, especially walkways and driveways. When was the last time you gave these spots a thorough cleaning? If you can’t remember or know it’s been a while, it’s probably time to get out the pressure washer.
The good thing about having a pressure washer is that it does the heavy lifting. You can say goodbye to all that salt, dirt, and grime from the winter months and hello to an attractive, clean exterior that makes your home look brand new. Contact a professional if you’re concerned about handling this task yourself, as the last thing you want is to use a pressure washer incorrectly and end up doing more harm than good to your residence.
Re-stain the deck
There’s a good chance that your deck has seen better days. Give it a much-needed refresh by adding a new layer of sealer or stain. It’s also worth the extra time to waterproof your deck if you haven’t done so recently.
Once you’re done, you have a beautiful deck that’s much safer than it’s been in the last few years. Who knows? You might even decide to wipe down the patio furniture and grill, giving your family a comfortable living space that feels like an extension of your home’s interior.
Add a fresh coat of paint
Few things can make a space more inviting than a fresh coat of paint. You may stick to just one room or go all out and paint the whole house, inside and out. Regardless of your project, know that the summer is the perfect time to check it off your list.
There are a few things to keep in mind before you start painting. First, if you live in a neighborhood with an HOA, you’ll probably need to approve the colors with a design committee. You’ll also need to decide whether to paint yourself or hire a professional.
Get an A/C tuneup
The last thing you want this time of year is your air conditioner to stop working. While you might be able to get through a day or two of excessive heat, don’t assume you and your family can go an entire summer without cool air at home. With temperatures averaging close to 90 degrees or hotter in July and August, it’s critical to make your system a priority.
A reputable HVAC company goes a long way in maintaining your family’s comfort and safety at home during the summer. Once your air conditioner is no longer on the fritz, get in the habit of checking it in the spring to avoid potentially costly issues again in the future. You can take steps to lessen your reliance on air conditioning by setting your thermostat and opening windows at cooler times of the day.
Perform a deep clean
You know the feeling after cleaning your home from top to bottom. Everything seems brighter and feels much more spacious after you decluttered every room. Who says you can only have this feeling after a spring cleaning?
Try dedicating at least one day every summer to cleaning. Even though you might prefer putting off these chores until the fall, the reality is that you’ll enjoy your residence in the summer way more if you do a deep clean during the warmer months, too. You may even want to host more to show off your sparkling clean home!
Make your move this summer
Not only is summer a great time to improve your home, but also to move into a new home. At American Home Agents, we can help you easily navigate the buying and selling process. Our award-winning agents have decades of combined experience, so you can count on us from listing to closing and everything in between.
Ready to get started? Call (303) 695-5900.