With nice weather and longer days, summer is a great time of year to tackle improvement projects around the house. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are a few ideas for summertime upgrades to your home.
Use Paint to Update Your Living Spaces
Warm, dry weather is the perfect time to paint. The paint will dry faster and with fewer streaks. Take the time to properly repair and prep your walls so the paint will adhere. Use a spackle compound to fill in gaps and cracks and then sand the walls smooth.
If there are any stains, use a mild solution of dishwashing liquid and water to wash them away. In case of bad staining or severe damage, apply a primer before painting. The primer helps prepare the walls and boosts the adhesion properties of the paint. With a coat of primer, the paint color will be more accurate and the color will last longer.
Summertime Upgrades to Your Home: Improve the Backyard Deck
Outdoor living spaces should feel like an extension of the inside of your home. If the decking boards are not in the best shape, remove warped or rotting boards and replaced them with new ones. Sand the deck smooth and apply a coat of stain or sealant to protect the wood from the elements.
To make your outdoor spaces more comfortable, add patio furniture. Choose pieces that compliment your home and feel cozy and inviting. Add a few throw pillows, an outdoor rug, and potted plants to liven up the space. When you have a comfortable deck, family members are more likely to want to spend time there.
Add Mulch to the Flower Beds
A fresh layer of mulch boosts curb appeal by making your flower beds more attractive. Mulch also helps the soil retain moisture, keeps weeds under control, and protects your plants from extreme temperatures. You can use pine needles, leaves, or purchase bark mulch from your local garden center.
Patch the Driveway as One of Your Summertime Upgrades to Your Home
Cracks that form in your driveway will expand, especially in colder weather when there is a freeze-thaw cycle that affects the pavement. This summer is a great time for driveway repairs. Fill in any holes and cracks to help the surface last longer. By doing so, your driveway will be ready for the colder weather of winter.