Warm weather provides the opportunity to tackle a few of the home improvement jobs necessary before the return of winter. Whether you are updating your home’s exterior or attempting projects that require good ventilation, now is the time to get started on those summer projects.
1. Replacing Windows
Caulking around the windows may provide some brief help with drafty windows, but replacing those windows altogether may be the better option. Request a quote for the installation of new energy-efficient, low-maintenance windows that will keep your heat in during the winter.
2. Re-siding Your Home’s Exterior
If your siding is missing boards, is wet or loose, or is showing signs of mold or peeling cover-up paint, it is time to consider re-siding your home. New siding, now available in a variety of colors, textures, and styles, can increase your resale value and provide a striking visual enhancement to your curb appeal.
3. Swapping Out Your Entry Door
Whether your door is sticking, failing to close properly, or just looks a little worn, swapping out your front door can bring a pop of energy to your entry. Door designs now incorporate so much more than a wooden slab with a handle. Consider including sidelights, glass patterns, or even some accent embellishments for your next entry door.
4. Re-facing Cabinets
A dated or worn-out kitchen can sizzle once again after replacing your cabinet doors and drawer fronts. By re-facing the existing cabinets, you maintain your current kitchen configuration while incurring a fraction of the cost to completely replace the cabinets. Painting or staining your cabinets can provide another alternative to a complete replacement.
5. Installing New Countertops
Now that those icy sidewalks are melted and no longer a problem, select and schedule installation on your new countertops. Summer is a great time to choose a new countertop that matches your kitchen design. A variety of colors, materials, and edge options are available; check out some samples and choose what is right for you.
6. Replacing a Roof
If it has been 15 to 20 years since your home’s roof was replaced, summer provides a great opportunity for this project. A variety of shingles exists – three-tab shingles, super-laminate shingles, or architectural shingles – in a multitude of colors. Check out some of the options before hiring a roofing contractor for your project. Remember, it will be 15 or 20 years, hopefully, before you need another new roof.
Enjoy the summer and have fun, but don’t put off the home maintenance projects that can be accomplished during these few months. Be preventative and prepare now for the colder months. Your wallet and your house will thank you later.
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