7 Outdoor Projects You Can Do This Summer

Feel like your home is lacking in curb appeal or utility? There's no better time to tackle outdoor projects than the warm summer months. Not only will a little outdoor work improve the livability of your home's exterior areas, but it will help your property stand out if you list it with other Chattanooga homes for sale. Check out one of these outdoor projects to spruce up your property's outside spaces and provide your family with more opportunities for outdoor living.

1. Pressure Wash Your Deck or Patio

A deck or patio is the perfect spot to spend your summer evenings. Make sure that it looks its best with a pressure washing session. Pressure washing will remove all the dirt and grime, and it's a lot more efficient than scrubbing the space by hand. Our real estate agents know that a home with clean outside areas performs better with potential buyers than one in need of a little TLC.

2. Add a DIY Planter or Two 

A DIY planter is an excellent addition to show off your favorite summer blooms. Grab some of your extra project materials and build a one-of-a-kind planter. One project idea only requires a few pieces of wood and tools for cutting, measuring, and securing the pieces in place. Another option is to paint an old dresser or nightstand and use the drawers to house your flowers.

3. Paint Your Doors and Window Frames

If your exterior doors and window frames are peeling, this will detract from the look of your outside spaces. Fortunately, it doesn't take long to paint your home's doors and window frames, and this project will instantly make your home look better. You'll want to sand the old paint so that the new paint sticks better. If your window frames have a few dings, fill in any holes with spackling compound. Once the compound dries, sand it until you have a uniform surface. Then, clean the area with a damp cloth. Make sure it's dry before applying an exterior primer and paint.

4. Revamp Your Child's Outside Play Areas

Give your child a blank canvas for hours of outdoor fun by adding a sandbox to your play area. It's easy to create one yourself, or you might opt to order a kit that contains everything you need to build your own sandbox. Check that your new sandbox incorporates a cover into the design to deter neighborhood cats.

5. Trim Your Trees and Hedges

Overgrown trees and hedges can make an otherwise lovely property look sloppy. Trim them up so that your landscaping looks tidy and well-kept. Remove any branches or sprigs that are dead, damaged, diseased, or drooping.

6. Check Your Home's Seals for Leaks

Leaky seals around your doors and windows can send your AC unit into overdrive. Keep your cooling bills affordable by checking your doors and windows for leaks. Caulk any holes or cracks that you observe, and add weatherstripping to frames where the existing stripping has started to degrade.

7. Add a Raised Flower Bed

Raised flower beds are an excellent alternative for homeowners who want to add a vegetable or flower garden, but have concerns about their property's soil quality. With a raised flower bed, you add your own soil, ensuring that your new plants have superb growing conditions.
Want a property with more outside space to spruce up? Contact us today to check out your options!

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