At this beautiful time of year many of you will simply want to sit, relax and enjoy the garden – and why not? Many will simply dismiss the idea of doing any work at home simply because the weather seems too nice and maybe perhaps you’ve worked all day already. But whilst this may be understandable, you may be missing out on the opportunity to get those little (or big) jobs done in and around and perhaps outside the house too. It could be the installation ofin light of the heat, or maybe perhaps some routine garden maintenance. So whether it’s fans or fence painting, here we look at some wonderful home improvement ideas for the summer. Interested? Then read on for more.
1. Air Conditioning
If you’re lucky enough to already have air conditioning then you’ll know how beneficial it can be to the home. Just imagine then what might happen though if it were to break down or stop working fully. If you’re used to it then you’ll notice just how much you’ve come to rely upon it, but it will be too late!
Instead of awaiting a problem and then dealing with it, it is much better to pre-empt the problem and try to ensure that it doesn’t happen in the first place. A good way of doing this is through routine maintenance cleaning and repairs of the unit and checking that it is running smoothly and efficiently. This can prevent a lot of headaches, and hot heads later on!
If you’ve not already got an air conditioning unit then you might want to consider investing in one. There’ll be higher demand in summer so you may have to wait or pay a premium, but if it’s something that you’ve set your heart on then it will benefit the home for many years to come.
2. Ceiling Fans
If you’re not wanting to pay for air conditioning then you might want to install a ceiling fan to help the air circulate and create a nice breeze around the home.
They may not prove to be as effective as air conditioning when it comes to cooling the home but it is also likely that the initial installation and running costs will be lower too.
As with air conditioning, it is always a good idea to ensure that the fans are well maintained, cleaned and repaired as necessary to prolong their life and efficiency.
You might think that the only important factor regarding windows in the good weather is whether or not you can open them to let out all of the heat – that is unless you have air conditioning. But summer is a great time to look at your windows and consider whether or not you need to replace them with energy efficient ones. In the long run they’ll save you money but they will of course be an initial outlay to find. It’s always better to consider change in good weather, as any work being done will be less impactful on the house and less inconvenient too.
4. Painting & Decorating
Summer means good light and that’s an essential element when it comes to painting and decorating. It allows you to see colours more fully and also see any mistakes or missed spots too!
5. Remodel Kitchen
You’re probably less prone to cooking in the heat of summer and therefore it’s a fantastic time to remodel or refashion your kitchen – whilst the same lies semi- redundant and you’re cooking outside on the barbeque.
Whether it’s a whole refit, simply changing the cupboard doors or simply adding a few floral or bespoke pieces, you can make a maximum impact from minimal effort. Looking at online pictures or articles can help give you ideas or inspiration.
6. Remodel Bathroom
Like the kitchen, the bathroom can be done in the good months so that it’ll be ready for when it’s needed most for those long winter soaks.
7. Pressure Wash
If indoor work for you then there are plenty of jobs that can be done outside too. You might struggle to believe it but some of these jobs can even be fun! Jet or power washing a driveway or path can be a little messy at times, but on a lovely warm sunny day, it’s a great way to spend a few hours or so, freeing your mind to think about other projects, whilst getting to grips with the grime on the drive! Jet washers are not expensive and can be a great investment, not just for paths, but you can also use them on other cleaning projects such as washing the car too, should the mood take your fancy.
8. Outside Painting
It’s not just inside that needs attention when it comes to painting, never forget to give the outside of the house or garden shed a good lick of paint on a regular basis. This is more than simple aesthetics though. You are carrying out a great means of preserving as well as presenting the property to all those that see it, not just those that use it.
9. Clean/Repair Gutters
Leaves are the usual culprit when it comes to gutters getting clogged, along with moss and the like. That suggests therefore that autumn is the problem period for gutters. But if you clean them during the dry summer, they operate much more efficiently during the wetter seasons, and the job itself will be less messy too.
10. Pool Cleaning
If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor pool, do not bemoan the fact that you have to keep it clean! Instead think of all of those long days spent either in, or by, the pool, with the family or friends and that will soon make any cleaning project seem all the more worthwhile.
Yes you can of course hire a pool cleaner to do the dirty work for you, but you’ll get a great sense of achievement if you undertake the project yourself, so go ahead and dive right in!
11. Pest Prevention
Pest prevention is something that any home owner can do, with relative ease too. Of course you have to be careful if you are using dangerous chemicals or substances, but the majority of products now come with full and detailed instructions. So be it weeds or living pests, act before they become a problem, but always be wary of the risk to any pets etc. before commencing the project.
Whether it’s the lawn, the hedges or the garden in general, little and often is the solution when it comes to keeping things nice and tidy. Leave things too long before you address them and you’ll be facing a task of mammoth proportions. However, regular and attentive tidying can save you from having to undertake any large scale projects. Keeping things neat will also allow you to appreciate them more when you’re outside, which of course in summer you will be.
Like fences and sheds, decking needs to be treated or varnished regularly. Doing so stops the wood rotting and therefore avoids the need (and expense) of having to replace sections, or whole areas. If you spend a lot of time on the decking, looking after it will allow you to do so long into the future.
Do not neglect your fences either. You may feel that they look okay, but they feel the brunt of all seasons, and if you leave it another year, there may be critical damage that cannot be repaired. Regular painting or staining are recommended for fences.
If you want to change the appearance of the whole garden though and do some landscaping then summer is a great time, less rain means less mud! Okay so it may be a little warmer, but just add in a few more drinks breaks, there really is no need to rush!
In order to make a house feel like a home it has to reflect your character and personality, along with those of the other people that live there too. These little jobs may seem like an “inconvenience” but they’re not, they instead prevent larger, more expensive jobs from being needed down the line. How you look after and model your home will help you maximise the enjoyment you get from it. So on occasions, roll your sleeves up and do a little to gain a lot!
Home Improvement Ideas for The Summer
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