Replace or clean rain gutters
After a month of rain, it is a good idea to check your rain gutters and make sure it’s clean and ready for the usual rains that come in Colorado Springs in June. Without proper rain gutters, homes are defenseless from the damage of rainwater. When rainwater pools on flat surfaces it can erode the soil around the house and its foundation.
It can also grime up the siding of the house and even cause dirty water to leak into the basement. Making sure the gutters are clean will prevent some of these issues. If your gutters need to be replaced, it’s also a good idea to consider covered gutters to create minimum maintenance and avoid any gutter clogs.
Update your deck
The end of the rain means the beginning of evenings outside and daytimes spent barbecuing. Updating or expanding a deck before your next outdoor gathering is a great way to impress guests and give yourself a peaceful place to relax and take in the view of Pikes Peak.
Summertime is a peak season for deck renovations so taking the time to replace it now will save you weeks of waiting later. If socializing and entertaining is what makes you happy, then a new deck is a good investment not just for the house’s resale, but for personal pleasure.
Install a hot tub
While you’re updating the deck, why not make the backyard a personal oasis by installing a hot tub as well? Hot tubs are great for entertainment and relaxation, and they can be used during the summer and winter months. Coloradans frequently spend their time hiking, biking and participating in athletic activities.
A hot tub can be a great investment year round to relieve sore muscles - or at least that’s how you can convince your significant other that it’s a necessary home improvement purchase.
Get new siding
Winters in Colorado Springs can be harsh and this spring wasn’t a picnic either. With snow, hail and rain, the siding on your house might begin looking dingy and dirty. Families take vacations during the summer and if family comes to visit, you want your house to look like new.
Siding is one of the first things they’ll notice, so replacing cracked and rotted siding is a smaller way to give your house a face-lift. If there is major damage, completely replacing the siding is likely the best option.
While you’re at it, replacing it with James Hardie fiber cement siding will increase the resale value of the home and it is durable and long-lasting. Another bonus? It’s available in a variety of widths and textures and can be painted, making your siding completely customized.
Repair your roof
During the wet months in Colorado, replacing a roof is near impossible. If there’s damage to your roof from snowfall or hail, making a repair sooner rather than later can save you stress and a messy restoration. Moisture can leak into cracks of the roof and cause peeling, curling and even the disintegration of roof shingles.
If you’re unsure that there is damage to your roof, it’s always a good idea to have it inspected to avoid further damage and costly repairs.
Trying to beat the heat without breaking the bank? Installing energy-efficient windows is a smart way to keep air conditioning costs down or avoid installing air conditioning all together. Colorado Springs window installers are aware of the cold winters and hot summer conditions and can help you make a purchase that will keep you cool now and keep the heat in during the winter.
Another energy efficient idea is to install a skylight, which dramatically increases the amount of daylight coming into a house, meaning less electricity and more time enjoying Colorado’s 300 days of sunshine - but from inside your house!
Get a new mailbox
A new mailbox isn’t the most exciting home improvement a person can get, but it can dramatically improve the home’s curb appeal and make a difference in the perception of the house. Mailboxes can be simple, cookie-cutter purchases, or can be custom designed to match your home or whatever elaborate design you have in mind.
This is a smaller, more affordable project, but there are typically regulations you must follow for the USPS, so be sure to check into any crazy mailbox ideas you might have.
Repaint the house
Whether it’s indoors or the exterior, a fresh coat of paint can liven up a house. If siding is too expensive, exterior paint is a great, affordable way to give the house new life. Choosing the right (or wrong) color can make your house the talk of the neighborhood, so check with HOA or neighbors if you plan to paint with a bright color.
Sprucing up spaces throughout the house is easy with a bright shade of paint. Think about painting just one wall a new color to add variety to your home. It will save you time and money, and let you test out if you want to paint another room that color.
The end of snowfall means the beginnings of green grass, trees blossoming and possibly even flowers blooming. If you haven’t started working on your lawn or garden yet it’s a good idea to start. Whether it’s putting flowers in planters, creating a full vegetable garden or even creating the xeriscape concept you’ve been lusting over on Pinterest, part of enjoying the outside is having a yard you want to spend time in.
If you’ll be in the house for years to come, making long-term landscaping improvements like planting seeds or trees can be a strong investment for this summer and for future summers. If you’re planning on selling your house soon, keep that in mind when making improvements.
Things such as fertilizer, planting seeds or aeration cost money and don’t show immediately. Try to invest money into planting actual flowers or making improvements that will add value to the house and satisfy you.
Spend your spring making home improvements that will last year-round instead of following the usual spring cleaning grind. Try to combine home improvements that go together! Landscape your backyard and then create a deck to sit on to enjoy the view. Install a skylight and then paint the room a new color to give it a sunny feel.
Make the mailman notice you by ditching your simple mailbox and creating a custom one that looks like your house - the house that you just put new siding on. Anything goes! Find the project that will be a wise investment personally and financially use that to guide your way into the spring home improvement realm.