Summer is here and you're ready to catch up on all the home upkeep you've let slide all winter. Don't fret — doing so can be fun, and the final results of your work are endlessly fulfilling. That's why we've put together 5 tips to help you get started on your summer home improvement journey!
Scrub Up Your Home
Cleaning is the key step toward a lot of things, isn't it? Before you can get your house perfectly summer-ready, you need to start with a fresh base. Summer means lots of sunshine, and sunshine highlights dust and dirt. In the heat, you'll want things to be sparkling clean, so get out your sponges, solutions, and tools to deep clean your whole property. Don't forget — summer is bug season, so you want to keep things clutter-free. The tidier your space, the less appealing it is to critters.
Update Your Curtains
There are two ways you can get your window coverings spring-ready, and they are pretty much opposites. Option one consists of switching out your current coverings for breezy, lightweight curtains. Alternately, you could opt for "blackout" curtains or roller shades. These amazing (and stylish) additions will block out morning light and the late-night sun so you can get the same amount of sleep that you would any other time of year — or simply enjoy a movie without the solar glare.
Dive Into Property Maintenance
Temperate—but not scorching—early mornings and long, balmy evenings make summer an ideal time for routine maintenance, particularly the outdoor kind. Trim and prune your gardens, clean out gutters, buff your home's siding, and power-wash your patios in anticipation of plenty of time spent outdoors. Summer is also a great time to update weatherstripping, which will also help you conserve on energy bills and keep cool. In addition to safety, these preventative measures will boost your home's aesthetic appeal as well; and summer is probably when it's seen the most!
Revamp Your Exterior
While the coolness of fall and winter are optimal for crafting your dream interior, summer is the time to work toward your perfect home facade. Once your essential seasonal maintenance is out of the way, you can move on to re-painting, adding or replacing lighting, updating trim, and landscaping.
Add To Your Outdoor Living Space
We've talked a little about the popularity of outdoor living spaces, and there's no better time to start on yours than this summer! Even if you can't entertain the idea of creating a full-fledged open-air lounge over the next two months, try adding or replacing one item. Whether you select a lovely patio swing, a hammock, or a shimmering new BBQ, your whole patio could be transformed.
Got any tips on how to get a Ridgewood home ready for summer? Share your tips with our readers in the comments below!