There is perhaps no better time to indulge in some badly needed do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement projects and renovations than the warm, summertime months. With the COVID-19 Pandemic winding down in the U.S., but still prevalent, and therefore keeping Americans at home for longer periods than they’re used to, this could be an optimal time for taking care of those home makeovers you’ve been dying to get at, not for weeks or months, but for years.
Maybe you’ve been trying to replace some windows. Or perhaps you’ve been wanting to replace the old boiler with something that’s much more efficient. Or perhaps you’ve been wanting to look into an easy-to-install home water filtration system like that engineered by Ecopurehome or something similar—a water cleansing system that even offers a series of DIY videos to help you make an error free installation.
Or maybe you simply want to clean out the garage which has been accumulating a lot of useless junk for years and years now. Whatever project you wish to undertake, there’s no better time than the summer season.
According to the experts, you should set some time and cash aside this summer to give your home-sweet-home a little tender loving care. It will not only increase the value of your home, but minor DIY renovations can end up adding major increases in home value in both the short and long run.
With some home DIY renovation projects costing a lot of cash, such as adding a central air conditioning system, or a total remodel of the kitchen and/or bathrooms, you can choose to indulge in some relatively low-cost projects that will give you a spectacular return on investment.
Currently, with inflation skyrocketing due to non-stop money printing by the Federal Reverse, the cost of lumber and steel has almost doubled, and in some cases tripled. This means you want to make a plan before you start tearing out sections of wall, ceiling, or flooring which will have to be replaced with expensive new construction materials.
That said, here are some affordable DIY home renovation projects you can sink your teeth into this summer, without going bankrupt in the process.
Get Rid of the Junk
One of the simplest and cheapest projects you can engage in this summer is to get rid of all the clutter and junk you’ve been stockpiling for years. You can rent a 25-yard dumpster for not a whole lot of cash, and the dumpster service will take the trash away and dispose of it on your behalf.
Or, you can set up a garage sale and earn some badly needed extra cash. You might even put the money you make towards more expensive home repairs. According to lifestyle design expert, Emilie Dulles, “It costs nothing except a week or two of your time, and the ability to let go and part ways with unneeded clutter that no longer brings you or your home joy.”
Repaint Your Home
The warm season is said to be the perfect time for large painting projects. If you’re sick and tired of looking at dull interiors and sun-worn exteriors, there is no better time than the summer to pick up some paint and some brushes and get painting. The simple act of repainting a bedroom will give the space new life.
Warm weather will help the new paint cure properly which means it will last far longer. Chicago-based real estate developer, Bill Samuel, states, “I think painting is one of the best DIY projects because it can be easily corrected if you make any mistakes. It really has a huge impact on the overall space when you take your time to repair any blemishes and do a quality job.”
Samuel also suggests that if you want your home to look bigger than it is, paint it white.
Repair the Gutters
Maybe it’s not the most glamorous of DIY home improvement projects, but repairing and/or installing new gutters will not only increase the value of your home, it will prepare it for the coming fall and winter months.
Bailey Carson, a digital home projects company expert, believes gutters that work properly is paramount to a healthy home.
“Winter, followed by a rainy spring, can take a toll on your gutters and downspouts,” he says. “If they’re ignored, you could end up needing to replace them altogether, or worse, dealing with foundation damage, interior flooding, driveway cracks, or landscape erosion.”
Enhance Your Outdoor Areas
If you want to enjoy the summer weather, get some exercise, and improve the look and value of your home all at once, you will want to invest in fixing up the outdoor areas. You can spend a lot on outdoor improvements to your front and backyards, or a little. It all depends on which project you decide to take on.
Commercial real estate investor, Maria Vaamonde, is a big proponent of landscaping your front yard since it increases curb appeal.
“Gardens make homes more aesthetically pleasing,” she also claims, “and they also add to property value. Summertime is the perfect time to plant perennials, (and) a variety of beautiful-looking flowers that are low maintenance.”