The Commonwealth Blog

Monday, June 24, 2019

Summer Home Improvement Projects

With long, warm, and sunny days, you have more time to investigate your property for things that need fixing. We recommend prioritizing the following home improvement projects to ensure that your home is in peak condition all year long.


You don’t want water seeping into your attic or walls through a crack in your roof. Take a good look at your roof from the ground level to see if any shingles or other roofing material have blown off in a storm. You should also investigate your roof’s beams for damage—they travel a long way across the top of your home and may be the source of your mysterious leaks.


Check the windowpanes throughout your house for any cracks that may have resulted from strong winds and freezing winter temperatures. It’s inexpensive to replace broken windows, and new panes without any cracks or leaks will be more energy efficient. If you don’t have to replace any of your windows, you can still give them a thorough wash and clean or replace old, dingy trim to instantly improve your home’s appearance.


Siding is the material attached to the exterior walls of your house. Repair or replace damaged siding so your home isn’t exposed to the elements. Installing sturdy, energy-efficient siding also ensures that your home stays well-insulated and easy to clean.


If your gutters are damaged or clogged with leaves, they’ll do a poor job of directing water away from your property. Do a thorough cleaning and install gutter guards to direct the flow of water away from your foundation, making sure your house stays dry in the wettest seasons.

Temperature Control

As Boston heats up, prioritize these ways of staying cool.


Install fiberglass insulation in your attic to keep both warm and cool air inside your house. By maintaining a constant room temperature, you’ll stay comfy and cool in especially hot weather.

Install Cooler Lighting and Appliances

Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient ones. LEDs and CFLs transmit less heat and help reduce your energy bill by using 80 percent less energy than their incandescent counterparts. Energy-efficient refrigerators, dishwashers, and dryers also emit less heat, making them a smart alternative to outdated appliances. Lastly, you can always install inexpensive indoor and outdoor ceiling fans to help keep you cool anywhere you lounge around the house. As scattered storms begin to break and hot, humid days become the norm, you’ll want the proper infrastructure in place to stay comfortable this summer.

Take Advantage of the Warm Weather

Outdoor home improvement projects are best done when the weather’s nice. Take time this summer to inspect your property for any damage done during the previous winter and make sure everything is in tip-top shape. The right home improvement projects will improve your home’s value and protect everyone inside from the worst of the summer heat.

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