One Repair a Month: Here's How You Can Tackle Home Improvement This Summer
Warmer weather incentivizes homeowners everywhere to invest in various repairs and renovations. As you examine your home this spring and summer, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of projects you wish to tackle, resulting in a sort of paralysis. Indeed, staring solely at the big picture may cause you to avoid home improvements altogether. In order to stay on track, then, it helps to break things down, one repair at a time. Here’s how you can tackle home improvement this summer without going overboard or playing it too safe.
How to Maintain Your Home in the Summer
Prioritize Your Home Improvement Needs
Summer only lasts so long. So while you might have a nearly limitless list of renovations you wish to perform this season, you’ll only be able to manage so many. With that in mind, you’ll have to figure out which improvements are the most urgent and/or matter the most to you. If you haven’t painted your house exterior in over a decade, this project might land high on your list of priorities. Sure, you might also want to change up the color scheme in your bedroom, but this can wait, especially considering that interior painting projects can be tackled year-round. Similarly, if any portion of your property is in serious disrepair, posing a safety risk and/or affecting your home’s energy efficiency, fixing said issue(s) is of the utmost importance. It may take some time to prioritize all your home improvements, but the effort is worth it. Once you’ve done so, you can begin setting goals for this summer, such as tackling one repair per month, overhauling your home’s exterior, patching up all of your drywall, etc.
Determine Your Order of Operations
After you’ve straightened out your priorities and goals, it’s time to develop a more concrete plan of attack. After all, certain home improvements directly relate to one another. For example, exterior painting shouldn’t take place until your exterior surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned and prepared. If you want to both clean your home and re-paint it, you’ll want to take care of pressure washing before painting -- two distinct projects that are often linked. This same principle applies to, say, repairing drywall after wallpaper removal or caulking windows after painting trim.
It’s also important to order projects in terms of what the weather might be doing. While summer is hot and sunny most days, June and September tend to be a bit cooler, whereas July and August tend to be scorching. If your home improvement checklist includes both exterior and interior projects, it makes more sense to handle outdoor jobs at the beginning or end of summer and indoor jobs during the middle of the season. Letting logic dictate how you approach your summertime home improvements will streamline the overall process, reduce costs, and help you hire and schedule services.
Come Up with a Baseline Budget
Even if you’ve been saving up for a while, the cost of home improvements can be burdensome, especially if you’re trying to manage multiple projects in a short period. As you prioritize your home improvements and put them in logical order, start creating a budget to put things into perspective. If you realize that the scope of your ambitions will likely break the bank, you’ll want to scale things down to a reasonable degree. Depending on your financial situation and the nature of the renovation(s), tackling one repair per month might help you better stick to a budget, or you might consider looking into financing options with your bank or contractor. Whatever the case, you have to do what’s right for your situation while keeping in mind the long-term benefits of each and every repair. For instance, the initial cost to strip and paint kitchen cabinets might be high, but the return on investment (ROI) might be worth it in the long run.
Do What You Can on Your Own
Home repairs and improvements come in all shapes and sizes. If you’ve got the right attitude and equipment, you can handle a range of these tasks by yourself, such as minor to moderate drywall repairs, paint touch-ups, re-caulking, floor crack filling, and more. Today, DIY projects are easier than ever with the advent of online video tutorials and instructional blogs. Taking certain home improvements into your own hands can save you money and give you something to do in between larger scheduled projects. That said, you won’t be able to do everything on your own (you probably won’t want to, either). Even if you’re fully capable of painting your home’s interior walls, it might make more sense to hire residential interior painting contractors to get the job done faster and with better outcomes. And when it comes to more delicate or specialized tasks like light carpentry, wallpaper removal, brick painting, and so on, it pays to hire a professional. That doesn’t mean you can’t help in certain ways, of course.
Hire a Full-Service Contractor
One of the most challenging parts of tackling summertime home improvements is simply finding the right contractors for the task at hand and squeezing them into a time and date that works for you. Since the summer months are among the busiest and most competitive for home improvement companies, even if you start searching for a service provider in mid- to late-spring, they might not be available until the tail end of summer or after. For this reason, it’s important to reach out to contractors as soon as possible and set up a service date, even if it’s tentative. Moreover, it helps to work with a single full-service home improvement contractor as opposed to multiple specialized businesses. Hiring one contractor to tackle a range of tasks such as home power washing, repair work, painting, refinishing, etc., is more cost-effective and so much easier to manage than hiring disparate contractors for each project. One point of contact means one estimate, one schedule, and one source of accountability.
Streamline Your Summer Home Improvements
If you’re not even sure where to begin with home renovations this summer, you’re not alone. This doesn’t mean you should just give up, however. By prioritizing your needs, establishing a plan of attack and budget, putting in some work of your own, and hiring an experienced full-service contractor, you can achieve your home improvement goals this summer while still enjoying all the fun summer has to offer. At Nash Painting, we know what summer means to our clients across Nashville, Franklin, and Brentwood, TN, which is why we’re prepared to help you with your home improvements, no matter how big or small. To learn more about us, our hassle free painting services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!