Forget lazing by the pool! It’s time to get moving on your summer home improvement projects. From sprucing up the exterior to organizing those warm weather clothes, there are plenty of easy ways to improve your home this season. Below, we’ve included our list of the best summer home improvement projects to accomplish over the next few months. While some repair needs and electrical projects may require the help of a professional, many home improvements can be managed by you and your family alone. So grab your toolkit, cleaning products and gardening gear. Here are 10 home improvement projects to accomplish this summer.
Summer Home Improvement Projects
Upgrade your ceiling fans
The summer is a great time to ditch those old ceiling fans and invest in well-constructed fixtures. Not only can a high quality fan make your home more energy efficient, but it can also improve the overall air circulation within the house. To find the best breezy fans money can buy, check NYMag’s list of the 9 Best Ceiling Fans on Amazon in 2018.
Clean out your gutters
Sadly, those summer showers often mean backed up gutters for your home. This can lead to a wide array of water damage – not to mention broken gutters. The best way to avoid these issues is by cleaning out your gutters and downspouts at the beginning of the summer. Before scooping out debris from your gutters, make sure you have a sturdy ladder, a bucket and a proper pair of gloves. After the debris has been removed and placed in the bucket, spray the gutters down with a water hose to eliminate any leaves, bugs or dirt left behind.
Install better window treatments
Believe it or not, the right window treatments can help keep your house cool during those hot summer months. From blackout curtains to motorized roller shades, there are numerous options to choose from when selecting window treatments. Not only can outfitting your home in window shades cut down on dangerous UV light and blinding glare, but it can also improve the overall look and feel of your home.
Perform maintenance on your air conditioning unit
There’s nothing more important in the summertime than a properly running AC unit. So before temps reach their peak, be sure to hire a reputable HVAC pro to inspect and perform routine maintenance on your unit. Also, given that your AC unit will be running more frequently during the summer months, it’s a good idea to replace your home’s air filters at least once every one to two months. Fortunately, you should be able to find AC filters in most sizes at your local hardware store or at The Home Depot.
Power wash your home’s exterior
After mother nature’s wrath this winter, your home’s exterior could probably use a little TLC. To get your home ready for the summer months, we recommend hiring a professional to power wash the home’s siding, driveway and deck. Not only will this make your house appear brand spanking new and improve your curb appeal, but it will also make your abode a more enjoyable place to kick back and relax this summer.
Invest in a smart thermostat
Thanks to a slew of smart home devices, it’s easier than ever to improve your home’s energy efficiency this summer. Start by outfitting your place in the ENERGY STAR certified Nest Learning Thermostat. This thermostat saves its users up to 15 percent on cooling bills and is designed to adapt to your individual temperature preferences. The device costs around $250 and can be found here. For a list of other smart home devices worth purchasing, check these gadgets as well.
Create a gallery wall
If it’s too hot to venture outdoors this summer, focus on interior improvements instead. One easy and creative way to improve your home is by adding a gallery wall. Whether it’s family photos, colorful artwork or a mix of both, you can easily create a gallery wall from objects you already own. For tips on how to set up a gallery wall on your own, check here.
Clean the windows
Summertime means longer days and more sunlight. To take full advantage of this sunny season, we highly recommend cleaning your windows on the inside and outside. To clean your windows, use either a multipurpose cleaning spray or the window cleaning product Windex, a clean cloth for wiping and paper towels for drying. Clean windows using circular motion with your hands.
Plant shade trees
Braving the hot summer heat to plant a few shade trees will be well worth your time, if you’re looking to cut costs on those cooling bills. Shade trees are an easy way to keep the sun off of your house, while also beautifying your property. Popular shade trees include maple trees, oak trees, linden trees, gingko trees and elm trees. Before purchasing these plants, we recommend visiting your local nursery to speak with an expert about the best type of tree for your yard.
Organize your closets and pantry
There’s no better time to organize pantry shelves and bedroom closets than the summer time. Start by placing all winter clothes and boots in storage. Summertime clothing may need to be dusted off and dry-cleaned before being hung back in the closet. When cleaning out your pantry, go ahead and eliminate any canned items that are no longer needed or expired. Canned goods that haven’t expired can be donated to your local food bank.
Looking to spruce up your home this summer?
If purging household items is also on your list of home improvement projects this summer, try booking a self-storage unit to temporarily hold all of your unnecessary belongings. Fortunately, it’s easy to locate nearby storage units with Moving.com’s storage finder. All you have to do is type in the zip code or your city and state, and click the ‘find storage’ button. Moving.com will pull quotes from nearby storage unit facilities to compare. You can even sort them by star ratings from other people, their price, distance from your home, and filter by features such as climate control, drive-up access, and 24-hour access.