Summer presents the opportune time to complete any needed improvements around your home. While the word “renovation” has the connotation of needing high price tags, this isn’t always the case. Not all summer home projects require extensive money or time to complete.
Here are a few ways you can increase the value of your home this summer without a huge budget:
1. Bump Up Your Patio Game
While wooden decks and patios have been the traditional go-to for a long time thanks to the diverse types of woods, stains, sealers, and designs, a new material is rising in popularity. A great way to renovate your exterior is to have a concrete patio installed. These tend to be low maintenance and much more affordable than pricier stones.
2. Give Your Landscaping a Spruce
Another common summer renovation project is increasing your home’s curb appeal. Take a weekend to focus on that lawn beautification as this can go a long way for your house’s visual appeal. Landscaping is often the first impressing potential buyers and visitors have of your home, so get a jump start on making it a good one. To start with, decide if you want to embark on this journey yourself or if you want to hire a local landscaping professional. Either way, a few small additions can go a long way in home value – such as adding a mature tree or implementing solar lighting.
3. Enhance Your Exterior
Repainting the exterior of your home is another way to increase the value of your home. When you repaint your home, don’t take the color choice lightly. Warm, inviting colors tend to be the most popular. If painting the whole exterior seems like too tedious of a job for you, look into hiring a contractor that is lead-safe certified.
4. Replace Those Windows
Draughty, old windows are one of the biggest causes of heat loss over the wintertime. This results in chilly indoor climates and increased heating costs. One of the surest ways to get the best return on investment is to have dual-pane windows installed. While you don’t need a permit to do this on your own, it may be helpful to give a pro a call before cutting a hole in your wall DIY-style.
5. Get a Fire Pit
Summertime is filled with days and nights spend outside bonding with friends and family. Purchasing or building a fire pit to add to your backyard is a quick way to add some flare – and who doesn’t love cooking up some smores over a campfire now and then? You can construct your own fire pit for under $75 by utilizing concrete tree rings. Your personalized fire pit will entertain all of your guests for years to come.
6. Upgrade Your Security
Your home is your fortress, and you need to protect it as well as you can. Installing a new and improved security system is one of the best ways to do this. Besides upping your security, this addition can also get you cheaper home insurance (depending on your provider). Home automation capabilities go hand in hand with modern security systems. You can install security features that you can monitor using your smart phone, as well as connecting other features of your home to your device (such as light switches and stereos).
7. Install a New Front Door
Your front door actually has a significant impact on your cooling and heating costs. A major source of energy loss in both cold and hot months is and old exterior door. This is a great renovation option because it is super quick and also makes such a big visual difference for your home.