Summer is the perfect time for home renovation projects. The weather is fantastic, and you have more daylight hours to get the work done. Not to mention, renovating can improve your home’s value!
Window and Door Replacement
New windows and doors punctuate an attractive exterior and interior. If your windows are older, in poor shape, or just unattractive, summer is a great time to replace them. Do your homework, especially on windows. Cheap replacements aren’t an improvement over well-built older windows. But some newer windows block UV rays and help hold conditioned air inside.
Kitchens give you one of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement project. They might cost more than other projects, but they hold their value. You could renovate the kitchen at any time of year. But working in the summer lets you take advantage of outdoor cooking, which puts less pressure on getting the job done fast.
Another high return renovation idea is a new addition. If you can build up or out, adding bedrooms and bathrooms can dramatically improve your home’s value. Summer is perfect for building a new addition. Workers will be more comfortable. And because an addition is a lengthy project, you won’t have to worry about whether it will be complete before the holidays, the way that you would if you broke ground in the fall.
Driveway Improvement or Replacement
Driveways are unsung heroes of the curb appeal game. Potential buyers notice your home’s appearance, but the driveway can make or break its beauty. You can refinish asphalt or concrete or pour more gravel. Or you can excavate and build a whole new drive. If yours is narrow, this is the perfect time to make it wider and allow for more parking.
New Fence Installation
Fences define property boundaries and add an attractive feature to the home. They’re especially attractive to people who have pets and young children, too. Warm weather is best for installing a fence for a couple of reasons. First, the ground will be softer and easier to dig for setting posts. Second, the concrete you’ll use to stabilize posts sets better in warmer weather. Just avoid working when it’s extremely hot.
Replace the Roof
Roofing protects your home and adds another layer of beauty. If your roof is approaching the 10-15 year mark, it’s time to think about replacement. A full tear-off and new installation are recommended by professionals. While you can roof over old shingles in some area, you won’t get a good inspection of the roof deck and the new roof could hide existing problems.
Add a New Deck
Summer is made for outdoor living, and there are few better ways to enjoy the backyard like a new deck. This is a great project for summer because even a large deck is a fairly quick build. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it before fall arrives. Pressure-treated decking materials are still big sellers. But don’t overlook composite products. They never splinter, don’t need repainting, and they clean up easily. This Old House suggests that better composites might even be superior to wood.
Renovation improves your biggest investment – your home. And summer gives you the perfect opportunity to get the job done!