Summer is here, which means now is the time to start or finish those home remodeling projects youâ€™ve been putting off year after year.
People often throw parties during the summer and invite friends and family over; the last thing you want them to see is a house that needs a good deal of work done.
The Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas recommends the following summer remodeling tips:
Remodel your bathroom
The one room guests will use during the summer is your bathroom. There are so many changes you can make to your bathroom that can make a big difference.
If your vanity is the focal point of your bathroom, opt for a countertop piece that isnâ€™t tile.
Granite, quartz and marble are great additions that can transform your bathroom and give it that â€śwowâ€ť effect.
You can also change out the toilet seat and lid instead of replacing the entire unit, replace your light fixtures, add a pop of color by repainting your bathroom to match the new look, and change out the flooring with new tile or wood.
Add some shade
If your home is some lacking shade, change that now. Plant some new trees in strategic places that will provide you with plenty of shade down the road, and some immediate shade now.
If there are places where trees wonâ€™t reach, then opt for a pergola or a gazebo. Not only are these beautiful additions to any backyard, but they can offer plenty of shade you can sit under.
Update your windows
When the scorching summer heat hits, the last thing you want are old, non-energy-efficient windows, allowing the hot air to make its way in.
This will force your HVAC system to work overtime, raising the cost of your energy bill. Replacing your old windows with energy-efficient ones will not only keep your home cooler and lower your energy bill, but newer windows are far more stylish then older ones. Be sure to incorporate blinds and curtains as well.
Redo the lighting
Light fixtures are considered the perfect accessory to any room in your home.
No matter what you do to try and spruce up your home, it wonâ€™t make a difference as long as you have dated and worn-out light fixtures.
You can opt for a nice chandelier, pendant lighting, wall sconces, ceiling-mount fixtures, etc.
Also, you can dress up lamps just by simply changing out the lamp shade. This minor change can do wonders for the look of that room.
Add a patio
If your space allows it, now is the time to start building a patio. You can choose a square, rectangular or even free-form design. Some popular options are natural stone or flagstone, brick and pavers.
If you are hiring a contractor to complete this work, be sure to check BBBHouston.org and read past customersâ€™ experiences with the company before you hire them.
The Better Business Bureau is an unbiased nonprofit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Visit www.bbbhouston.org or call 713-868-9500. Leah Napoliello is senior director of Investigative Services with the BBB of Greater Houston and South Texas. Send questions to Leah Napoliello, Better Business Bureau, 1333 West Loop South, Suite 1200, Houston, TX 77027, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your mailing address and phone number.