Summer is here! Now is the perfect time to do some upgrades to your home. Here some home upgrade ideas that can increase the value of your home and make it a little more comfy.
Replace Windows and Doors
New windows and doors make for an attractive exterior and interior. If your windows are older, in poor shape, or unattractive, summer is a great time to replace them. Do your homework before you buy windows. Cheap replacements aren’t an improvement over well-built older windows. Some newer windows block UV rays and help hold conditioned air inside which can save you more money in the long run.
Update the Kitchen
Kitchens give you one of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement project, according to This Old House. They might cost more than other projects, but kitchen updates hold value. You can upgrade your kitchen any time of year. But working in the summer lets you take advantage of outdoor cooking, which puts less pressure on getting the job done fast.
Build an Addition
A new addition is another high return upgrade idea. If you can built up or out, adding bedrooms and bathrooms can dramatically improve your home’s value. Summer is perfect for building a new addition.
Improve or Replace the Driveway
Driveways are play a big part in the curb appeal game. Potential buyers notice your home’s appearance, but the driveway can add or detract from the appearance. You can refinish asphalt or concrete or pour more gravel. Or you can excavate and build a whole new drive. If driveway is narrow make it wider and allow for more parking.
Install a New Fence
Fences define property boundaries and add an attractive feature to the home. They’re especially attractive to people who have pets and young children, too. Summer weather is best for installing a fence for a couple of reasons. First, the ground will be softer and easier to dig for setting posts. Second, the concrete you’ll use to stabilize posts sets better in warmer weather.
Replace the Roof
Roofing protects your home and adds another layer of beauty. If your roof is approaching the 10-15 year mark, start thinking about replacement. A full tear off and new installation is recommended by professionals. While you can roof over old shingles in some areas the new roof could hide existing problems.
Add a New Deck
Summer is made for outdoor living, and there are few better ways to enjoy the backyard like a new deck. This is a great project for summer because even a large deck is a fairly quick build. Pressure-treated decking materials are still big sellers. But don’t overlook composite products. They never splinter, don’t need repainting, and they clean up easily. This Old House suggests that better composites might even be superior to wood.