As we come closer and closer to the summer, most of us are thinking about the things that we are going to need in our houses to stay safe, stay cool and keep the sweltering heat out. There are various ideas that you can incorporate into your summer renovation strategy so that you can ensure all these things. Depending on your budget, your house’s current situation, and your needs you can do all or some of those things to keep your house up to date. These ideas can be implemented on the inside or you can consider some ideas that we are going to share with you for your house’s exterior.
Planning for your renovation
Before you do anything else, you have to come up with a game plan for your summer needs. This plan will have to include three major elements. Once you have these things in mind, you can easily make an informed decision and choose what you want and what you can live without.
Do it yourself or hire a contractor
Almost all of us like to do these projects ourselves. The important thing to do here is to find out if we can do it with the finesse that expert contractors can show and can we do it in the time that we have set aside for it. Also, keep in mind that if there is any complication, you might have to do it all over again which will cost you time and money.
What you can do is to take the simpler tasks for yourself and leave everything else for the contractors who have done this before so they know exactly how to do it in minimum time and without making a mess.
What Can Be Done?
Summer is the perfect time to get started on renewing the look and feel of your house and improving it. You can give your house a makeover that you were looking for. If you think it’s going to take a long time, leave it for the contractors and go about your business.
1. Get Some Shades
Summers can be quite a hot season with the sun scorching right above our house. It is usually advised that we should keep ourselves and our houses protected from the blazing sun. In order to have a proper shade in either the backyard, front yard, or even over the pool area it is highly suggested that one should get commercial shade sails to keep your house’s temperature cool. They are highly proficient at keeping the scorching sun at bay while you enjoy the summers in your house.
2. Spruce up The Exterior
One of the things that you can do to upgrade the look of your house is to have it painted. Not only will it add to the aesthetics of it, but it will also increase the value of your house. In case you decide to sell it, you can get more for a beautifully painted house than a house that has paint coming off the walls. Now, this is a big project and we will suggest that you get expert painters to do it for you. Just make sure that they are lead-free certified contractors. Show them your house and find out the expenses that you will incur. Ask them how long it will take them so that you can plan your days accordingly. You can pick out warm and inviting colours.
3. Enhance the Landscaping
Another way that you can add to your house’s curb appeal is landscaping. It doesn’t take a lot of time and the reward that you get out of it is amazing. Sprucing up your lawn is a great way to increase your house’s visual appeal and it gives you the perfect place to spend your evenings with your family and friends. If you are planning to sell your house then this is a must-do step as it gives the perfect first impression to potential buyers.
You can aim to do it yourself if you are into it or you can choose to give this project to the contractors if time is the issue. No matter what the case, it will not take more than a couple of days and you can enjoy it afterwards for a long time.
4. Upgrade Windows
One of the most important things that you should do before summer comes is to invest in your windows. These are the places where the sun enters your home as well as the dust and other debris. You have to make sure that your windows are up to the task of holding up your privacy as well as keeping the rays of the sun out. You will save a lot in the long term because this will ensure that you have an energy-efficient house that doesn’t let the cool air escape and doesn’t let the hot air penetrate. It will also have a big impact on the noise that used to penetrate in your house as well as increase your house’s aesthetic appeal. Install shades or something else that you think is long-lasting and worthwhile.
5. Fix/Upgrade the Front Door
You may not know this, but fixing up your front door greatly increases your house’s value. Not only does it add to your house’s value, but it also adds to the energy efficiency of your house. This is one of the most important projects related to home renovation as most people don’t give it another thought. Just a small thing like this can make a huge change in the outlook of your home.
6. Add a Security System
Want some protection?
Go for a security system this summer. Or if you already have one, go for something that is a little bit more up to date. This is one of the projects that can be accomplished in the least amount of time. It will make sure that your house is just like a fortress—impenetrable. It will also add value to your house when you go to sell it and to top it off, it will reduce your insurance annual rate by anything between 15 to 25 per cent. Talk about multiple benefits. It might cost you a little bit, but the long term effects more than make up for it.
7. Bathroom Improvements
You can also think about upgrading one or more of your bathrooms. The best part is that you won’t have to pay as much as you thought you would. You can take up small projects—one at a time, and do them on weekends. It could be anything from painting the walls to adding a mirror or changing the faucets and taps, among other things.
Wrapping It Up
These are some of the best plans that you can make for your house before summer arrives. They will make living a pleasure as well as increase the overall look and it will add to the value of your house when you go to sell it. The best thing is that they are all economical and you can take on all or some of them according to your budget and time.