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Home upgrades to make this summer

Home upgrades to make this summer

Whether you're a new homeowner or you've been living in your house for years, it's always important to regularly make upgrades to your home. There are several reasons making a home upgrade is a good idea, but improving the property's value should remain top of mind.

With a few simple yet effective upgrades, you can not only improve your home's curb appeal and longevity, but you can also potentially increase the resale value.

The summer is the perfect time to tackle these tasks, so consider these four top home upgrades to make this season:

1. Spruce up your landscaping

Investing a little bit of time and money into a landscaping project is one of the easiest upgrades to make your home, and one of the most rewarding.

At a minimum, removing all the weeds and edging the yard serve as a good place to start. Add some color with annuals, perennials or other seasonal flowering shrubs. Then try to get the grass as green as possible.

While you can hire a landscaping company to handle this task, you can also save money by getting your hands dirty and doing it yourself. A little bit of work can go a long way here.

2. Use a pressure washer

Your sidewalks, side of the house and porches might have grimy buildup that obscures their beauty. A good pressure washing will remove all kinds of dirt, sediment, mold, mildew, algae and more, all while revitalizing your property.  

Chances are you don't own a pressure washer, but thankfully these can easily be rented at low affordable rates. For bigger projects, such as an entire house, consider hiring a professional.

3. Install new windows

Summertime is the perfect period to upgrade your current windows, especially if they're old, worn out or damaged. This home improvement can provide several benefits for your property.

New windows make your home look and feel better from an aesthetic perspective. Plus, if you install dual-pane windows, you'll also block out additional outside noise, and greatly improve your heating and air conditioning. Ultimately, this can make your home more energy efficient and lower your monthly utility bills.

The total costs for this type of project will vary based on the number of windows in your home, but this upgrade can provide a good return on investment (ROI).

4. Build a wooden deck or patio

This upgrade is a bit more involved than the other ones, but it can also be the most satisfying to complete. A deck or patio is a great place to entertain guests, or just enjoy a quiet summer evening.

Building a new wooden deck or patio also expands your living area at a minimal cost per square footage. In fact, adding a wood deck or patio is one of the more financially savvy home improvement routes, with a potential ROI of up to 80%.

Want to learn more about home upgrade financing options? Reach out to The Federal Savings Bank today.