Summer is in swing!

5 Summer Home Improvement Projects

As warmer weather approaches, there are many improvements you can make to your home for the summer season. From outdoor to indoor, these renovations will make your home more enjoyable this summer while also adding value.

  1. Storm Doors – Summer is known for its humid weather and thunderstorms. Protect your doors from the elements this summer by installing brand new storm doors. It’s also a great way to bring natural summer light into your home.
  2. Install Energy Efficient Windows – Does your electric bill skyrocket every summer because of air conditioning costs? By installing new energy efficient windows, you can conserve energy by keeping heat in or out of the house. Adding new windows can also add decor and style to your home.
  3. Remodel Your Bathroom – The one room everyone enters when they visit your home in the summer is the bathroom. If you’re tired of the outdated tile and style in your bathroom it’s time for a change. Improving your bathroom also adds value to your home. By remodeling this summer, your bath will be ready for the fall and upcoming holiday season.
  4. Paint a Room – Painting a room is fun and easy to do indoors by yourself or with your family. Choose a brand new color or just update the old one. By refreshing the paint in your home, you receive a 112% return on your investment.
  5. Spruce up Your Backyard – Nothing defines summer more than outdoor barbecues and campfires. Add a new patio set and fire pit to your backyard this summer or remodel your deck. The fun can last into the fall.

Home Safety Checklist

  • Deadbolt locks and heavy-duty strike plates
  • Outdoor security lighting that is timer or motion detector controlled
  • Carbon monoxide alarms & smoke detectors on every level or your home
  • Window treatments free of dangling cords if small children are present
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Childproof safety latches on cabinets that contain cleaning materials
  • Electrical outlets that are fitted with ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI outlets)
  • Individual shut-off valves for each gas appliance
  • List of emergency numbers located prominently near the phone
  • Grab bars within easy reach in each tub and shower stall
  • Anti-scald shower/tub water controls
  • Up-to-date first-aid kit
  • Fire-escape ladder (if bedrooms are above main levels)

Improve energy efficiency!

The summer season generally means hot days and higher electricity costs, but there are ways in which we can still make our lives a little more energy efficient. Try these tips for an energy smart season!

  • Remember three important words: TURN IT OFF. Don’t leave the video game on pause, or the
    computer in sleep mode. Those electronics are still using energy, even when you aren’t using them.
  • If you replace five frequently used lights in your home with energy efficient bulbs you can save up to $60 a year.
  • Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save money on your electricity bill. If you have children in the house, this is also a safety measure.
  • Postpone laundry and dishwashing until nighttime to avoid generating extra heat in your home.
  • Also, consider taking advantage of the warmer air and dry your laundry outside.
  • Close blinds, drapes and shades during the hottest part of the day. This keeps the strong sunlight from heating your home.
  • Consider installing a ceiling fan. During hot weather a ceiling fan will create a cool breeze and keep the air circulating in your home.
  • If you have a pool, turn off your filter overnight when the pool is not in use.

Whatever your summer home improvement project, ANDY ONCALL® is here to help!

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