Summer is the time when the majority of Australian homeowners start their home remodeling projects, due to the fact that the weather is fair and more predictable than in the spring. Still, just because some of these things need to be done in summer, it doesn’t mean that you should wait for the summer to start the planning. First of all, you need to come up with the main objective of the remodel. What are you trying to achieve? If what you’re aiming for is to add to the resale value of the home, you might opt for one course of action, while improving the quality of life might require something else entirely. So, here are the top five home improvement projects that you should do this very summer.
1. Working on the façade
The first thing you might want to consider doing is to improve the first impression that your home leaves on people. The simplest way to do this is to start working on the single most dominant surface of your home – the façade. Now, the amount of work that is to be done here mostly depends on the state of the façade. Sometimes, you can achieve quite a bit by just pressure-washing the home. On other occasions, you might need to fill in some gaps or even completely redo the entire façade. If the latter is the case, the costs will be steeper but if you do the job right, this is a project that you won’t have to repeat for years and years to come. Preparation is half the job done, which is why you need to start doing your research on the subject right away.
2. Bathroom remodel
Out of all the rooms in your home, the bathroom is the one that has by far the biggest impact on the resale value of the place. In fact, if you ever decide to sell the place, this will be the first room that people will want to see. Replacing tiles and fixtures is the first thing that springs to mind, even replacing all the fixtures with low-flow ones in order to make the place eco-friendlier. Still, while you’re being systemic, you might want to consider doing some work on your plumbing. At least consider consulting experts specializing in pipe relining in Sydney and see what they think.
3. Fixing the roof
Fixing the roof is a project that you can handle on your own or hire some professional aid to handle. While this is an expensive project, it’s more than worth it, considering all the advantages that come from successful completion of the project. The amount of work that you’ll have to do also depends on the structural integrity of the roof and the current state of the construction in question. Provided that the structure is solid, all you’ll have to do is replace the shingles (not even all of them), which isn’t that much work.
Here, we’re not talking about just mowing the lawn or doing some pruning. We’re talking about thorough, end-to-end landscaping of your property. Some of these ideas are incredibly budget-friendly like adding some borders to your flowerbeds, hiding your AC unit in order to give your home a visual boost and constructing a garden shed. Other ideas may be somewhat pricier, like making a garden deck or making a new garden path (especially if you’re doing it with bricks, stone or concrete pavers).
5. Installing smart appliances
There’s no way about it, smart appliances are the way of the future. First of all, they can drastically raise the quality of life within your home and second, they might pay themselves off in time, due to the fact that they’re frugal in the long run. You can start with something simple like a smart lock or a smart lighting system and then go with something that makes a massive utility saving. We’re talking about something like smart thermostat or Wi-Fi controlled sprinkler system.
Sure, you might be forced to prioritize due to limitations of your budget, yet, if not this summer, all of these five items should find their place in your schedule as soon as possible. All of them boost the resale value of the place, while some of them stand to save you a fortune. Needless to say, the sooner you get this done, the better. This is why those who are financially able to withstand such an endeavor might want to seriously consider pulling it all off at once. This gives you a head start and gives you a chance to undergo just one home remodel instead of having to live through this ordeal every year. In fact, this might even be worth getting a loan over.