Summer is a time to enjoy life. The weather is warm, the kids are out of school, and it’s easy to kick back and relax. But what about your dear home? You may want to take care of a few basic home projects that are well-suited to summertime, especially before the temperatures begin to drop. Knocking out these projects now will save you from headaches in the future:
Clear out the gutters
In most parts of the country, summertime brings plenty of heavy rains and windy storms. All that water needs somewhere to go, which makes clogged gutters a big problem. If you don’t clear them out, you could face pricey repairs thanks to leaks, which can cause mold to grow in your foundations, and rotted roof edges.
Cleaning out your gutters is easy enough, but make sure you have a strong ladder that’s tall enough to reach the gutters safely and someone to help you from the ground. If you decide to hire a service, it should run no more than a couple of hundred dollars.
Clean your windows
After a long winter, your home can end up looking a little dreary. There’s no quicker (or cheaper) way of giving your house a renewed shine than by cleaning your windows. Everyone has a particular method for cleaning without leaving streaks. Some prefer to use old newspapers combined with a vinegar and water solution. Others go with the simple, old-fashioned approach of a few drops of dish soap and a bucket of warm water. Or maybe you just prefer Windex. However you want to clean your windows, this summer is a great time to do so.
Put on a fresh coat of paint
Window cleaning is a small step to helping your house recover from a winter beating. Repainting is a much bigger task, but it’s one that can leave your home looking spectacular afterward. While paint (especially a whole house’s worth) can add up, there are a number of waste facilities that have swap rooms where you can save money. Once you get started, you may find exterior painting is more fun than it looks. During summer’s long, sunny days, it’s actually kind of relaxing. Plus, repainting comes with the added benefit of protecting your home from ultraviolet light and moisture damage.
Mulch the garden
If you haven’t done it already, take advantage of the warm weather and spruce up your gardens. A one to three-inch layer of mulch on your garden beds can make a world of a difference to your home’s curb appeal. Not only that, mulch can save you a lot of time that would otherwise be spent weeding. That’s because mulch buries weeds where they can’t get light or oxygen. It also retains moisture in the soil, giving your plants a reliable source of water and helping them grow beautiful.
Caulk windows and doors
Just as heat slips out of windows and doors in the winter, air conditioning drafts out in the summer. You can make a big dent in your energy bills by simply caulking and sealing all cracks and large openings around window and door frames. A tube of caulk costs as little as $5 and can, if applied correctly, save you a good deal of money in the year ahead. To determine how much caulk you’ll need to buy, presume that you’ll probably need about a half-cartridge per window or door.
Reseal your deck
Just as paint can dry and flake, your wood deck can end up blistered and tired looking by the time summer rolls around. Now is a great time to seal and stain it. Sealing your deck will make sure it lasts for a long time. Staining the wood gives it that new shine for just a fraction of what you would pay to replace it. Don’t put sealing and staining off. While it will cost you a few hundred dollars now, if you wait too long, you’ll end up spending thousands down the road.
You may have to spend some time outdoors to knock out these projects, so remember to stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks throughout the day.