Home Remodeling Project To Keep You Busy This Summer
Summer is a great time to hit the beach, fire up the grill and tackle some outdoor home remodeling projects. Although the best time of year for any home renovation is when your schedule (and budget) allows, summer is definitely the season for remodeling in many parts of the country.
So what can you do now to increase the curb appeal of your house? Here are five home projects to complete before those cool fall winds and harsh winter elements roll in.
#1 Add Landscaping
No one has to know if your closets are disorderly or your kitchen is a disaster, but if your yard is a mess, the whole darn neighborhood can see. That’s why it’s a good idea to spruce up your landscape — particularly when the grass is growing and flowers are in bloom.
Whether you want the best backyard on the block or you just want a lawn that’s seeded and mowed, there’s no shortage of professional services to help you get the job done. According to Home Advisor’s True Cost Guide, the average homeowner spends between $1,437 and $5,302 to professionally install landscaping.
The largest factor in the cost of your new landscaping will be the size of your property. Other factors that will determine your bottom line include the complexity of the design (including any specific flowers and trees you want in your yard) and whether or not a sprinkler or irrigation system needs to be installed.
#2 Add or Replace Windows
Adding windows — especially larger windows — is a great way to get more natural light in your home. New and properly fitted windows can also decrease your electricity bills. They’ll keep the sun from overheating your home’s interior in the summer and prevent warm air from escaping in the winter months.
According to Home Advisor’s True Cost Guide, the average cost to install a new window is $5,050. The average cost to repair a window frame is $369, and the average cost to repair an entire window ranges from $157 to $505.
#3 Fix or Install a New Door
In the warm summer months, doors may stick and swell due to the humidity. Depending on the severity of the conditions and the makeup of the door, this can be an inconvenience or render an entryway unusable.
If there are no structural defects or issues at play, the fix for a “stuck” door is a simple, inexpensive one. It just requires a little sanding and some varnish on the part of the door that’s sticking. For bigger door repairs, you can expect to pay in the range of $117 to $323, according to Home Advisor’s True Cost Guide.
If you’re looking for an instant aesthetic change, installing a new door (or repainting your existing one) is a good bet.
#4 Replace Your Home’s Siding
Siding is what protects your home from the elements, so unless there’s no way around it, you’ll want to avoid stripping it away in the harsher months of the year. For this reason, summer is the ideal time to repair or replace existing siding that’s begun to show its age. New siding will protect your home from the elements when winter rolls back around, and it will often improve the overall look of your home.
#5 Repair or Replace Your Roof
Knowing when to repair or replace your roof isn’t easy. If you find a small, isolated problem like a single leak or a broken shingle, repair is often the correct and most economical choice.
If you have an older roof that’s deteriorating, though, replacement might be the best option. Exterior construction is often easier in the summer, so if you’re planning to build a new roof in the next year, you’ll want to do it before fall temperatures hit.