Once the beautiful weather arrives in Pennsylvania, it’s time to freshen everything up. With warm temperatures, it’s also an ideal time to tackle those big home improvement projects for summer.
This time of year is ideal for home updates because the weather allows for more outdoor time, and you can throw open the windows to freshen your home while you work. With a few touch-ups, you can enjoy the summer even more. Some of the most popular summer home improvement projects include:
1. Install a Sunroom
Why not invest in a renovation which will improve your home’s value and will add to your enjoyment of your home all year long? A four- or three-season sunroom offers you more space in your home and gives you an area for dining and entertaining well beyond summer. Your home will see more sunlight and increase in value with a sunroom. If you opt for a four-season sunroom, you can also enjoy your new summer home improvement year-round.
2. Install a Ceiling Fan
Pennsylvania summers can be hot, so consider an energy-efficient ceiling fan, whole-house fan or even air conditioning. You still have most of the season to take advantage of the cool air, and you will improve your home value as well.
3. Outdoor Space Renovations
As everything springs into bloom and gardening centers are full of interesting plants and accessories, summer is a wonderful time to try your hand at landscaping and outdoor renovations. Make your outdoor space into something you use all the time with an inviting dining area, outdoor lights and attractive plants. Put in some annuals for a quick touch of color.
If you don’t already have a deck or outdoor kitchen, now is the time to start dreaming up a wonderful space for entertaining. Many home hardware stores are filled with grills and DIY deck ideas, and contractors often have summer specials.
4. Deep Washes
Summer is even better than spring for deep cleaning. Declutter and hold a yard sale, do a deep clean of the house and throw open the windows to air out the dust and give the oven a thorough cleaning. This is a great time to also handle outdoor cleaning with a power washer for the sidewalks, walkways and siding of your home. With the warm weather, any water you spray will dry up fast.
5. Painting and Staining
Since it’s easy to air out your home and leave your windows open for long periods, summer is the ideal time to try a new paint color or touch up the paint in the bathroom. Don’t forget the outdoors, either. This is the right time to re-stain the deck and paint the shed. Paint and stains work best when it’s not too cold or wet and will dry faster in warm, dry weather.