With the abundance of gorgeous weather, summertime is the perfect excuse to complete all those home projects you put off. Whether you’ve been meaning to revamp your paint job or give your home a good scrub down, there’s no time like the present. Open the windows, roll up your sleeves, and dive right into these summer projects for the home.

Give It a Fresh Coat of Paint

Nothing can immediately elevate your home’s look quite like a fresh coat of paint. Not only will it spruce up your home’s exterior, but it also provides a necessary, protective layer against UV light and excessive moisture. If you feel inspired, take some time to update the interior paint as well.

Reorganize Your Home

A cluttered home leads to a cluttered brain, so clear out the mess and give yourself clarity. Whether you’ve got stacks of books you need to sort through, or a junk drawer that’s become a black hole for knick-knacks, give yourself the summer to organize those cluttered areas. It’ll leave your house looking and feeling its best.

Lay on the Mulch

Mulch can be a pain to lay out, but the results are more than worth it. Liven up your dull flowerbeds with the clean, nourished look of mulch. Not only does it look great, but it also kills weeds, provides plants with extra moisture, and insulates the soil, which protects it from extreme temperatures. Up your curb appeal with this essential summer project for the home.

Revamp Your Garden

Breathe some new life in to your regular old garden with new plants and shrubbery. If you’re sick of the same old plants you’ve been eyeing for years, pick up some new ones. Whether you want to add in tasty tomatoes, delicate roses, or hearty bushes, customize your garden to your heart’s content. Best of all, your new layer of mulch will ensure your new garden looks better than ever.

Clean Out the Gutters

Clear out the gunk and debris from your home’s exterior with a thorough clean out of the gutters. This project is actually very simple to do yourself—all you’ll need is a good ladder and a good friend to stand by to keep it steady. While you’re up there, be sure to check for any cracks or leaks that may have formed since the last time you checked the gutters. It may not be the most pleasant job, but once you’re done, your house will feel brand new.

Caulk Your Windows

Keep your house free of leaks and drafts with the help of caulk. Caulking your windows is extremely important when it comes to preventing damage to your home. Since leaking windows are the main cause of frame rot and water damage in the walls, caulk must be used on the windows. As a bonus, sealing the windows will keep heating and cooling bills low.

Give Your Home a Good Power Wash

There’s no better feeling than eliminating the muck that’s built up around your home’s walkway and exterior. Give dirt the boot with a high-quality power wash. Always be sure to use caution, though—the improper technique could cause a fair amount of damage to your home. Once you’re done, all that dirt will be a far-off memory.

Stain Your Deck or Fence

Make your deck or fence look brand new with an updated stain. Not only will it add a clean, slick look, but it will also help protect it from the summertime’s excessive humidity, heat, and dirt. This improvement is simple enough to do, as well as quite affordable; the difference will astound you.

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