Summer is just around the corner – that means flowers, barbecues, and people running around in your backyard.
But all that fun in the sun takes a ton of preparation! Where should you start?
Here are the five best ways to make your home more appealing for summertime.
1. Invest in Landscaping
If you love having barbecues or patio parties, your yard should set a festive tone.
You might already have ideas for improvements to your yard (“Wouldn’t a brick path be nice there?”). Put these plans into action now before landscapers like Neave Group Outdoor Solutions fill their schedules up for the year. Unless you enjoy getting dirty, most landscaping isn’t worth doing by yourself.
Whether you want a better dining area or a playground for your kids, a top-notch landscaper is a must!
2. Target Air and Moisture
These points are both major home improvement tasks: air conditioning and moisture.
Make sure your air conditioner can fire on all cylinders. Your air conditioning system should be cleaned and inspected so that you are not sweltering indoors. This may also mean checking your house for insulation cracks that could let cold air slip out.
Whether your summers are wet or dry, fixing moisture problems in your house is also imperative. Mold is the worst in summer, but you don’t want your home to be too dry. And if summer storms are common in your area, it’s best to prevent a flooded basement before it happens.
Making your home more efficient will allow you to save money on your energy bills, too!
Spring cleaning is a common practice, but everyone knows it isn’t permanent; houses get messy again shortly after. But whether you’re having company or not, inside or outside, it helps to get rid of junk you don’t use anymore. Dedicating some time to decluttering will make your house look nicer for guests and give you new decorating ideas.
Start your spring cleaning now! Your house will look fresher, and your summer guests will thank you. There is also a satisfying, if ephemeral, feeling waiting for you at the end.
4. Paint It White
White is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it looks clean and goes with almost everything; on the other, it gets dirty easily. But aesthetics aside, there is a very good reason to get white patio furniture: white reflects heat, keeping things like furniture cool.
You can even paint your roof white if you’re feeling ambitious! It will keep your house cool and save on your energy bill.
5. Invite a Friend Over
One of the best ways to get advice on home improvement is by having someone else look at your home. This person doesn’t have to be a professional, just someone who doesn’t live there.
You spend every day in your house; many issues have become white noise over time (e.g., “that drippy faucet has always been like that”). Your friends will notice odd smells and noises you’ve been taking for granted.
Encourage your friend(s) to be honest. Chances are they have things they’ve always wanted to say about your house but never had the guts to come out with.
Keep an open mind. Then turn those comments into updates!
There are plenty of ways to improve your house for guests between now and June. They range from major improvements like landscaping and painting projects to just asking a friend if there’s anything they think could be fixed.
If you do all, or even some, of these things, your home will be the real life of the party.