Summertime is the ideal season to hit the beach and throw a party in your backyard. Summer this 2020, however, is completely different from the previous years. Many are encouraged to stay at home and avoid non-essential travel.
What can you do while you’re at home? The answer is home improvement.
Summer is the perfect time to tackle exterior remodeling projects that you’ve postponed in the previous year. Home improvements will add value and charm to your home. On top of that, they will keep your mind off the unfortunate news concerning the ongoing health crisis.
Not sure where to start? Here are five exterior home improvement project ideas you could take on this summer:
Install a New Gutter
A rain gutter channels water away from your house’s roof and foundation. If your gutters are leaking or sagging, you may need to replace them. When looking for a new gutter, opt for a product that comes with a reliable leaf gutter protection system. With this feature, you won’t have to think about leaves and other debris building up inside your gutter.
Update Your Garage Door
A new garage door could dramatically transform the appearance of your home exterior. ; It also serves as an excellent home investment. According to the 2020 Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling Magazine, you could recoup up to 94.5 percent of the cost for replacing the door to your garage. If the door looks outdated and contains a lot of dings and dents that won’t go away, now is a good time to replace this entryway.
Grow a Garden in Your Backyard
Gardens are a growing trend in homes. According to a report from Farmer Foodshare, approximately one in three households in the country grows food at home or in a community garden. More people are becoming interested in saving money, eating healthier, and knowing the ingredients that go into what they eat every day. If you are interested in cooking with ingredients that grow in your yard (or just want a beautiful lawn), take up garden planting as your next project.
Replace Your Windows
Summertime is an excellent time to get rid of your home’s inefficient and old windows. Although winter may be several months away, the cold weather creeps up fast. The last thing you want to happen is to suffer from sky-heating heating bills and drafty or chilly living areas caused by problematic windows. This season, take this opportunity to check the conditions of your windows and replace them as necessary.
Pressure Wash Your Exterior
If your siding is in good shape but could use some cleaning, give it a bath by using a power washer. If you plan to use pressure washing machine equipment to clean your exterior, remember the following precautions:
- Read the instruction manual to determine the right features and pressure levels to use.
- Use protective clothing when operating a power wash machine. Wear gear, such as hearing protection, safety goggles, work boots, and long pants.
- Never point this equipment on yourself and others.
- Engage the safety latch when you’re finished using the machine.
These five exterior home improvement projects are sure to keep you and your family during summer. Although most of these projects require some form of out-of-pocket costs, you’ll be glad to know that they improve the overall value and appearance of your property.