Now that summer is here, you can put the finishing touches on your home and yard with some DIY projects.
Repairs from Winter and Spring
One of the first things you might want to do is look at what may have changed about your property during winter and spring. A careful inspection will determine whether there are any cracks in your home’s siding, dead spots on the lawn or clogged gutters. This is a good jumping-off point to start work (and perhaps save some of the more aspirational “nice-to-have” changes for later in the summer).
Save Money with Electric Bills
For homeowners who are worried about the cost of electricity for keeping their home nice and cool all summer long, think about DIY projects that increase efficiency. For instance, resealing doors and windows, or adding new insulation for older homes is something that can end up being worth the investment of time and money. You might be surprised to learn how much cooled air – and, in colder months, heated air – seeps out through even the smallest cracks. Some home improvement experts estimate that there are enough bad seals in a home to be equivalent to leaving a window open 24/7 all year long.
Basic indoor tasks to keep costs down might include installing ceiling fans that can spin in both directions. These simple devices can help to raise or lower a room’s temperature by as much as 10 degrees and use far less energy than air conditioners.
Outdoor DIY Ideas
Pressure wash the outside areas of your home (driveway, siding, patio, deck, etc.) This is a quick way to create instant improvement by removing dirt, mud, mildew and mold.
Gutter cleaning and repairs will protect your foundation and siding. Be sure to check for cracks and leaks.
Summer is also a great time to touch up paint on the exterior of your home as well as work on any deck maintenance that needs attention.
And, of course, landscaping DIY projects are perfect for summer. Manage your lawn, trees, shrubs and flowers. Keep up with weed removal and be sure to water.
If DIY is not your thing, remember Sibcy Cline Home Services can recommend many home-related service vendors to you.