Home Improvement Projects to Get Ready for Summer

It may be spring now, but summer is just around the corner. Spring cleaning, landscaping, Deck addition and other late spring projects can help prepare your home for entertaining, gardening and outdoor living. Our summer home improvement projects list ranges from inexpensive to mid-range in cost, so even homeowners with limited budgets can upgrade and make repairs as needed.

 

Let the Light Shine!

The dark winter has ended and sunshine is all around. Trim back bushes and tree limbs to allow more natural light into the home. Avoid removing too much shade from the lawn, especially if the plants and the landscaping are shade-loving plants. Install screen doors to increase light in the home. Finally, replace any burned out exterior light bulbs, to keep the home well lit and safe at night.

Spring Cleaning

Interiors and exteriors alike can benefit from a good spring cleaning. Use a pressure washer to clean your sidewalks and porch to get rid of winter grime. Pressure washers can be rented from local home improvement stores.

If you’ve never used a pressure washer before, follow all instructions carefully, especially if using it to spray your deck and siding. Not all decking or siding should be cleaned with a pressure washer, so check the warranty or manual if you still have this paperwork available. When you’re finished, scrub down the grill to get it ready for summer barbecues.

Gutters and Drains

We experience intense downpours in Connecticut, especially during the summer. These downpours could be a serious problem for a house with poor drainage. To keep water draining away from your home, clean out your gutters and clear your downspouts. Learn to recognize the signs of clogged gutters (water over spilling the gutters, no water exiting the downspouts), so you can clear the gutters as needed.

Deck Addition

Have you always wanted to add a deck or shed to your home? Now is the time! It takes most homeowners several weeks to get bids, select a contractor, schedule a construction project and take the project to completion. Many general contractors are filling up their schedules for the summer season, so if you’re hoping to have a deck or shed by the end of the summer, get started ASAP.

Decks and patios are high ROI projects that add value to the property and improve quality of life for homeowners. The newest decks are made from tough composite decking that can withstand years of exposure to temperature extremes, rain, snow and other elements, all without any maintenance.

Outdoor kitchen and deck/patio combinations are also becoming quite popular. Homeowners are in love with outdoor living spaces that include seating, a place to cook and a refrigerator. Outdoor kitchens are perfect for wining and dining with friends and loved ones.

To find a good contractor,  Check each contractor’s online portfolio and get references to ensure that the contractor you choose can perform quality work.

Remember that the lowest bid is not always the best bid. Often the least expensive contractors sacrifice quality to complete their work.

We at KCMC Services are Check a Trade approved and hold reputable value in high regard.

 

If you are thinking about getting any of these improvements done to your home please give us a call, we will be happy to quote you!

 

 

 

 

Farrah Codlin