Every homeowner wants their home to look its best, and there are plenty of easy, effective projects you can tackle over a summer weekend to spruce up your home. These quick projects are ideal for the July 4th weekend or any long weekend when you want your home to shine.
Summer is the best time for outdoor home improvement projects. Longer days offer plenty of daylight to work with, and generally good weather permits outdoor work without difficulty. On the hottest days, it is best to start projects earlier in the day and take a break when temperatures are at their peak, but that still leaves plenty of evening light to finish up as needed.
Summer projects are especially important when you may be entertaining more or simply enjoying time outside. Whether you want to improve your home for your own pride of ownership, show it off for family gatherings, or enhance its curb appeal for a possible sale, these projects can help make your home its very best.
There are many different projects that you could easily tackle over the fourth of July break or any long summer weekend. Top options include…
- Pruning and Trimming – Give your landscape a touch up with carefully pruning, trimming, and shaping. This will help protect trees against damage from summer thunderstorms, and will neaten up your landscaping in a flash.
- Pressure Washing – Any home can look grimy over time as dirt, dust, and mold accumulate on surfaces. Pressure washing your roof, siding, driveway, patio, or deck can instantly refresh the space, but take care to use appropriate pressure settings to avoid damage.
- Deck Repair – If you have a deck, make sure it is ready for summer fun with easy repairs. Tighten any nuts, bolts, or other fasteners, replace broken boards, update the railing, or stain or paint the deck as needed to keep it looking like new.
- Repainting – A fresh coat of paint can be an eye-popping improvement to your home. If you don’t want to repaint the entire structure, paint a porch railing, window shutters, trim, fences, a shed, or other worn out structures for a new and colorful look.
- Beautify Flowerbeds – Jazz up your garden and flowerbeds with judicious weeding, removing overgrown plants, adding fresh mulch, and installing crisp edging to define the space. This is also a great time to add new summer flowers for instant color.
- Wash Windows – Washing windows will add sparkle to your home and bring that wonderful summer sun indoors. Wash both inside and outside the windows for the best results, and repair any torn window screens or broken windows at the same time.
- Clean Gutters – A clogged gutter can cause roof leaks and other water damage, and while the job may not be glamorous, cleaning out gutters is a great summer chore. Also check that the gutters are firmly fastened and are properly aligned to flow efficiently.
- Install Lighting – Adding exterior lighting to your home can give it a welcoming glow long after the sun sets. Consider landscape stake lights to define pathways, a new porch light for an updated look, or café light strings for a fun gathering space.
- Add an Arbor – Give your home a dramatic entrance by adding an arbor on the front walk or entrance to your backyard or garden. Different arbor styles are available, including designs with built-in benches or planters for even more practical use.
- Build a Fire Pit – Take advantage of fun summer nights with your own fire pit. Use bricks and stone blocks to create a safe design, and consider adding benches or seating walls near the pit for even more usefulness for roasting hot dogs and s’mores all summer long.
- Organize the Garage – Summer is a great time to clean out and organize your garage. Declutter workbenches, install pegboard for better organization, and even consider having a yard sale to get rid of unwanted items and earn a bit of extra cash.
- Build a Picnic Table – Add extra summer seating to your yard with a sturdy picnic table. Simple designs are easy even for novices to build, and if you have more skills, you can make a picnic table with built-in coolers or other handy features.
- Install Pavers – Pavers can be very versatile for every home, from framing a driveway to creating pathways to edging flowerbeds. For a bigger project, you can install a paver patio or create a new seating area in your yard with attractive pavers.
While many summer weekend projects are practical choices to upgrade and maintain your home, some can just be fun for the family to enjoy together, such as…
- Install a Hammock – Add the ultimate lounging experience to your yard by installing a hammock between suitable trees or building a hammock frame to add to your patio furniture.
- Customize Flower Pots – Give your outdoor décor a personalized touch with customized flower pots in your favorite colors, a patriotic pattern, or even showcasing your house numbers.
- Build Summer Toys – You can easily build your own cornhole set for summer fun, or install a horseshoe pit, bocce ball court, tire swing, or sandbox in the yard for hours of entertainment.
- Create a Fairy Garden – Create a fairy garden in a flowerpot or a shady, secretive spot in a flowerbed for some whimsical fun, and take turns creating new scenes for more summer magic.
The long days – and longer weekends – of summer are a great time to update your home and tackle those projects you’ve been putting off. Whether it’s part of regular maintenance or just for fun, each of these projects is a productive, easy way to add more value to your home and make it stand out as the summer place to be.