The sun is shining, and summer is right around the corner. It’s time to think about the home improvement projects you can tackle in June. Summer is the perfect time to get outside and take care of home improvement projects you’ve been putting off all winter, especially if you are considering selling your home this summer.
If your kids are home from school, why not keep them busy by putting them to work painting that old fence or with a quick landscaping project? Exterior home improvements will add beauty and value to your property and may even get your kids away from video games for a few moments.
While some projects are easy to do on your own, you might want to seek some help for a few as well. We detail which projects you might like to think about before inviting the neighborhood over for a cookout.
Paint Your House
Fresh paint doesn’t just make your home look great — it’s also a protective skin against damaging UV light and moisture.
Painting the inside or outside of your house can dramatically affect how you and others perceive it. Simply repainting a room can give you a new perspective on things, helping you see your spaces in a new and exciting light.
While painting the inside of the house can quickly be done as a DIY project, painting the exterior of your home can sometimes be more difficult. If you choose to tackle this task, make sure you have the proper equipment and planning.
Replace Your Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is the most popular home covering material in the country. Most homes have some vinyl siding. If it’s been some time since you looked at vinyl, you’ll be surprised at the broad menu of options on the market today.
Modern vinyl siding comes in various colors and styles, and it can even mimic expensive cedar shakes. It’s also usually affordable and durable, making it an excellent choice for any homeowner.
Summer is a great time to replace your home’s siding, but this is a job that is probably best left to the pros. Siding must be measured, cut, and installed perfectly to ensure it doesn’t allow any moisture to make its way underneath the vinyl. Its primary purpose is to protect your home from water, so you want to make sure it is done well to prevent your home from getting damaged.
Power Wash Your Home
Power washing is a fun and easy way to make your home look better. You can purchase or rent a power washer easily, and this is something you can usually knock out in a day. Start with your siding and work your way over to brick or stone surfaces.
Power washing can be fun for some because you get to see the difference in your work instantly. While you might get a little wet in the process, it’s work taking up the time to spruce up your exterior.
Replace Your Windows
Summer is the ideal time to replace your old, inefficient windows. Winter may be months away, but cold weather sneaks up fast, especially in Park City. We all know that the last thing you want to deal with is a chilly, drafty house and sky-high heating bills.
New windows can also be a great way to kick up your home’s curb appeal. Although adding new windows isn’t generally considered fun or exciting, it can pay off big down the road.
According to a recent CNBC report, a $10,000 investment in new windows bumps up the asking price on a home by $8,500. Imagine putting an extra $8,500 in your pocket as a homeowner when you sell your house.
That’s an 85% return on investment, not to mention money saved on utility bills and peace of mind over the lifetime of your home. They more than pay for themselves in a few years.
Reseal Your Asphalt Driveway
If you have an asphalt driveway, you can easily extend its lifespan by resealing it. There are a few different factors that dictate how often you should reseal your asphalt driveway. For example, if you live in a climate that gets a lot of rain and snow, your driveway probably takes quite a beating during the winter, and you’ll need to reseal your driveway more often.
Also, if the summer has many hot days, you may also require more frequent sealing. The average is three to ten years.
Although it is possible to seal coat yourself, there’s no getting around that seal coating is a stinky, messy, and sticky job. It can also be dangerous, as the tar is scorching. The pros who do this work are experts, and they handle the materials every day.
If price is an issue, you may also have luck waiting until the fall, when demand (and prices) tend to drop.
Of all summer home improvement projects you can DIY, landscaping is probably the easiest—also, it’s relatively inexpensive. If you have a brown thumb or have run out of landscaping ideas, even basic beds with mulch and a few hardy green shrubs will look clean and polished in front of your home.
You can add touches of annuals here and there for pops of color. Whatever you decide to plant, it can also significantly helps to put down some mulch. It’s a messy job, but adding mulch to your garden can definitely up your curb appeal.
Regardless of what project you decide to tackle, it is essential to think about the state of your home constantly. A well-maintained home can not only last longer, but it will also up the property value for when it may be time to sell.
If you or someone you know is looking for real estate help in the Park City area, consider using Jensen and Company for all of your Park City real estate needs. Trusted real estate professionals, we can help you make the difficult decisions that may guide your life.