With long, warm, and sunny days, summer is the perfect time to do some work around the house. If you feel like your house is cluttered, out of style, and not very well maintained, it’s time to get to work. But if your budget is tight, don’t worry — home remodeling projects don’t always have to break the bank. We’ve compiled a few ideas to help give your home a much-needed facelift without the high price tag.
First things first, let’s start outside. Great landscaping is an easy way to give your home a nice clean look from the outside. And with 52% of home buyers saying the most difficult part of finding a home is finding the right property, landscaping can make a big first impression. So if you want your home dressed to impress, start with some basic landscaping maintenance: laying mulch, pruning trees, and weeding are all simple tasks that can give your outdoor area an instant boost. After the maintenance is done, consider tasks like planting trees, flowers, and shrubbery and adding some other outdoor elements, like water features or stone aggregates, to finish off your yard. While landscaping can take a bit of work, it’s an easy way to stick to a budget and make your home look nicer.
Now, time for one of the most used rooms in the house: the bathroom. Especially with the kids out of school and summer parties, bathrooms see a lot of use during the summer months. So if your bathroom is looking a little worn down, now is the time to give it some attention. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to give your bathroom a whole new look. Start with a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the area. Next, replace any old hardware with shiny modern-looking pieces to add a touch of elegance. If you’re up for it, adding a backsplash is another budget-friendly way to add some style to your bathroom. And don’t forget about repairing any leaking pipes while you’re working on the bathroom — the average household can save almost 10,000 gallons of water annually by repairing even small leaks, so doing this will save you money in the long run.
And last but not least, summer is a great time to get your home organized. During the school year, houses can tend to end up in disarray and items can easily become unorganized and out of control. So before the cold weather rolls in, make sure you get organized. On average, houses have about 300,000 items in them — which can be a lot to tackle all at once. So start small and begin with things like linen closets and kitchen pantries. From there, move to the bigger areas like bedroom closets and the garage. Little by little, you’ll get your house organized and your home will both look and feel better.
While it can be tempting to lay around and enjoy the sunshine all summer, now is a great time to be productive at home. So keep these simple projects in mind to keep your home looking its best all year long.