The following are some suggested project and tips—both large and small—for homeowners looking to spruce their homes up this summer.
Decks and patios are among the most popular summer remodeling ideas. There are various factors to take into consideration when deciding on whether a patio or deck is the most appropriate project to undertake. Such factors include soil condition and consistency, site terrain, use, capacity and privacy, as well as the cost and maintenance you are willing to put up with.
With a checklist in hand, go through your property to evaluate areas that need mending or replacement. This list will prove very helpful when contacting a contractor or handyman for maintenance/repair services. Some common maintenance and repair include:
- Waterproofing the basement
- Re-caulking and replacing weather-striping
- Cleaning and sealing wooden decks
- Trimming bushes and trees
- Realigning downspouts and gutters
- Repairing the roof
- Cleaning the pool
- Mending the fence
- Maintenance of HVAC systems
An energy-efficient summer remodel is a worthwhile endeavor as it will result in years of savings on your energy bills. Some of the common items you can buy and integrate into your energy-efficient renovation include:
- Insulation systems and materials
- Roofs that resist heat gain
- Biomass-burning stoves
- Energy-efficient windows
- HVAC systems with the highest efficiency tier
- Solar panels
- Fuel cells
- Geothermal heat pumps
- Wind energy systems
Taking on one (or more!) of these projects is a great way to give back to your home this summer…and, in some cases, save you a bit of money in the long run, too!