Keep your home comfortable and in good shape by completing simple maintenance tasks each season. Here is a list of summer home improvement projects you can tackle when the weather is nice.
Installing a New Entry Door is a Great Summer Home Improvement Project
The front door is one of the first things guests notice when they visit your home. Make your front entryway more welcoming and improve curb appeal when you update the door. Install a new steel door to boost security and make the entryway more attractive.
If you don’t have the budget for a new door, repaint the current one. Take advantage of a warm afternoon to remove the door and sand it so the paint will adhere. Choose a color that is bold and inviting and that complements the style of your home.
Repel Pests Around the House
Warmer weather means you may start seeing more signs of mice, mosquitoes, and spiders. Inspect your home and remove anything that may invite pests. Clean up the yard. Remove debris like leaves and downed branches. Clean up toys, unused pots and planters, and stacked wood. If you have firewood outside, keep it at least 5 feet away from your home.
Clean your gutters and fill in any low spots in the yard. Prevent pooling and puddles to help repel mosquitoes. If you have fruit trees, pick up any fruit that drops from the trees. Use sturdy garbage cans with well-fitting lids so rodents won’t discover a new food supply.
Summer Home Improvement is Easier with a Pressure-Washer
Rent a pressure-washing machine and use it to clean the exterior of your property. Pressure-wash the driveway and sidewalks to remove dirt, debris, and stains. Use the pressure-washer to clean the siding, patio, and sidewalks. Your home will look like new.
The pressure-washer is also great for removing mold and mildew from your backyard deck. While you have access to the machine, use it to thoroughly clean the guttering after you’ve removed all sticks, leaves, and debris.
Maintain the Deck
You will be spending time outside this summer so make sure your outdoor living spaces are also in great shape. Examine your deck and look for damaged, warped, or rotting boards. Replace any boards that aren’t in good condition.
Sand down any rough spots and reattach decking fasteners that have become loose. Finally, re-seal the wood. You’ll have a beautiful, safe deck that is ready to enjoy all season long.