With extra hours of sunlight each day and vacation time that you may not have used up just yet, summer is the perfect time to complete a few home projects. From preparing your home for the fall and winter seasons to finally cleaning out the garage, there are tons of things that can be done around the house and at a low cost this summer.
Clean Out Those Gutters
Once the leaves start falling in the fall months, keeping up with gutters will be a grueling task. Be proactive and take a couple hours to clean out the gutters in preparation. All it takes are some gloves, a ladder and a couple safety precautions to make room in the gutters for what will soon seem like an infinite amount of leaves.
Inspect Your Roof
This one won’t take much time at all. The winter season can be incredibly damaging for your roof, so go ahead and take a few hours to make sure it’s in good shape. Hail can create hairline cracks in roofing that will eventually lead to leaks. Ice, snow, and the freeze-thaw cycle will also create long-term damages that will eventually be devastating to both your roof and your wallet. It’s best to tackle any issues sooner than later.
Over time, the sun can increase the pace of fading in exterior paint jobs. Give your home a new look with a fresh coat of paint. Get the family together and complete the paint job yourself in order to save quite a chunk of change. Even just painting the front door can add some pizazz to your home. Be creative and bold with your color choice – your front door is one of the main focal points of your home.
Give Your Yard a Makeover
What’s the point of a summer barbecue if the yard isn’t equipped for company? Giving your yard a makeover may seem like a costly project, but all it needs is a little TLC and some light gardening. Take a trip to your local hardware/outdoor store and pick out some colorful flowers and bright greenery. Add a little fresh mulch to the mix and viola! With an afternoon to spare, completing this task will be easy and well worth it.
Do Some Caulking
The warm, summer temperatures make window caulking one of the best projects to complete this time of year. This will keep you prepared for the frigid, winter air. Not only will this project keep the cold air out of your home during the winter, but it will also keep your windows from leaking during the rainy season of the summer.
Take a look around your home and get motivated to make some improvements this summer!