Four home improvement projects you should take up this summer
One of the greatest things about summer is that we can finally spend a bit of time outside without worrying about bad weather ruining our plans.
Summer is also a season that motivates us to improve our home because there are loads of opportunities to invite friends and family members over, so we’re more inclined to get our home in order and ready to accommodate guests.
So here are four summer home improvement projects that you should consider taking up this coming summer.
1) Pressure wash your driveway and pavement
Pressure washing is generally something that you need to rent equipment for. Unless you have a pressure washer at home, you’ll need to look for a local business that offers the equipment. This is a relatively inexpensive service that can help you clean your driveway and the paving around your home.
This is a great way to get rid of mould and algae buildup, and it can also return the sheen to rock surfaces. You can also get rid of sediment and other debris and dirt with ease. If you prefer not to rent equipment to do this, then you can also just hire a specialist to help clean your driveway and the surrounding paved areas. This is a little more expensive, but it’s much more convenient.
2) Replace the ceiling fans in your home
This is more of a home improvement that you should do before the summer, but it’s perfectly fine to do this during the season as well. Many of us underestimate just how useful ceiling fans can be for keeping our rooms nice and cool. Sure, they’re not as effective as air conditioning systems, but they also don’t use as much electricity and are generally considered to be more environmentally friendly.
Consider replacing your current ceiling fans with something that has more features, such as Minka Aire fans that have LED lighting built-in, great-looking blades, and extra features to make them more effective at cooling. This is a great investment for the summer because it can help cool your home, but it can also be used during the winter if they are reversed. This creates an updraft that moves warm air around the room, thus making it more comfortable.
3) Clean out your pool
If you’ve got a pool then it’s time to get it ready for summer. Many people believe that maintaining a pool can be a lot of hassle, but if you buy the right equipment for the job then it can be really easy. Weekly pool maintenance during the summer gets much easier if you start early. Just make sure you buy a few important tools to help with the process.
For example, you should consider buying a long-handled leaf skimmer to help get rid of debris and leaves on the surface of the water. If you find yourself having to clean out the pool every day, then you should consider getting a safe pool cover to protect the water when the pool isn’t being used. You can also buy specialised brushes to help remove dirt and grime from the walls of your pool.
Alternatively, you can always hire someone to do this for you, especially if your pool hasn’t been cleaned for a long time. Whatever you choose, the cost of maintaining a pool can definitely be expensive. Make sure you create a budget first and see which options will save you money in the long run.
4) Redecorate your home to fit the summer vibe
One of the best ways to celebrate the sunny season is to decorate parts of your home to fit the long days. For example, you could replace black curtains with more colourful ones, and you could consider putting more plants in your garden or around the home in patterned pots. If you’re feeling motivated, you can even repaint rooms in your home to have a more festive summer feel to it.
You can also implement some improvements in your backyard. For instance, you can add some garden water fountains or get a small outdoor fire pit for camping nights with the family. You can add a splash of colour by hanging various decorations from your trees, you can replace your plastic garden furniture with something more comfortable, and you can buy some colourful plants to add to your backyard. There are loads of different things to try out and you can even get the whole family involved!
Ready to improve your home this summer?
There’s really no best time for a home upgrade, but people generally prefer to get them done during the summer because the weather is nice and you’re making practical improvements that will accommodate guests and help you enjoy the wonderful weather. We hope that these ideas have given you a bit of inspiration on how to improve your home this summer.
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