Summer is when home improvement time heats up, especially with so many government tax incentives this year to beef up your home’s energy usage and consumption. Whether you hire contractors who are all over your home or you’re a great do-it-yourselfer who rules over his or her kingdom, here are ten things to remember for a summer home improvement.
Planning is always the key. Plan every moment and every budgetary concern you can think of including some rainy day funds for an emergency. If a particular room needs to be incognito for a week, plan around it for spending time elsewhere. Even if your project is small such as updating all of your light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs you should still plan for a day to do that.
Pets are one thing to consider when having a home improvement. Cats are fairly independent so keeping them out of someone’s project may be a bit difficult if the room opens up to others without any doors. Dogs you can at least try to put outside in a fenced in yard or on a chain if you can keep an eye on them.
If it’s a large project, consider renting an apartment for a month if being in your own home is too inconvenient. If your family needs more than one apartment consider having them next to each other. This also may be the best thing for pets too when you have a major renovation underway.
Don’t fret if you need to have the air conditioning off for a little while. Ceiling fans, box fans, and cool baths are all wonderful ways to beat the heat when you need to have the air off for a little bit.
Stay out of the workers’ way as much as you can. If you have small kids find a way for them to be at the park or swimming pool for the day if the workers are indoors. Outdoor workers should be easier to avoid with television, video games, or other indoor activities like crafts and reading.
Noise is going to be a factor if power tools or hammering is involved. This is where doors come in handy and also headphones. Find ways to listen to music but not too loud when you need to keep noise from infiltrating your fortress of solitude.
Don’t be afraid to eat out when your kitchen is inaccessible for a day or two. Meals can still be healthy and inexpensive depending upon where you go to eat.
Outdoor projects are wonderful for the summer. When you include a yard or garden you want it to look great so make it your own improvement and go all out. Have input from the entire family who lives with you as to what they want to see and have a family project outdoors for everyone to enjoy.
If possible, include the kids in some of the projects when it’s safe. Have them help plant seeds, paint a wall, or dig up some ground for a yard. Getting the whole family involved makes the project that much more worthwhile.
My last suggestion for your summer home improvement is to be patient and don’t worry. You may fret at first because something different is going on in your home but in the end the long term benefits of the project will far outweigh any short term concerns or worry.