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Unless you live in a warm weather climate, right now is the time to check some of those outside projects off of your to do list. Many of these do not really require a trained expert nor are they expensive. Everyone wants their home to look its best and you can have a big impact on it. Most of us certainly don’t want to spend our entire summer (especially since they seem to get much shorter as we age) working on our homes, but a few weekend projects can make a major difference. These projects can also have financial benefits if you are even thinking about selling your home now or in the future.

If for some reason you have ever tried to do landscaping work in January, you know that now is the time to work on your gardens. The middle of the summer is not the best time to plant some species because of the heat, but you can certainly clean your gardens, freshen up the mulch, and make plans for fall planting. It’s also a great time to repair any damaged fencing, trim bushes and trees, etc.

Perhaps you have been thinking about possibly changing the color of your home or at least brightening up the current color. If so, generally now is the perfect time from a weather standpoint, although this summer thus far has seemed like a nonstop monsoon. Gather a few friends, supply them with food and beverages (of course I’m speaking of water) and you can make your home look like new in a matter of days. I think I mentioned this in an earlier installment, but it bears repeating:  when you are repainting pay special attention to your color selection for the front door.

Now is also the time to power wash and/or stain the deck, repaint a garden shed or any other outbuildings you may have. If you have them, I strongly suggest you recruit your kids for these outside painting jobs.

I suppose I could go on and on with summertime projects, but guys if you complete just a few of those I mentioned, your wife will think you’re the greatest thing that ever lived. Of course even better yet, if spouses work together on these jobs it is a great opportunity for some summer bonding. Whichever route you decide to go, “Best of luck” and one thing is for sure, your home will look like a million bucks when you are done. 

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