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Budget Friendly Summer Updates for Your Home

Summer is the perfect time to do a little updating around your home. Any major repairs that have been pushed aside should be taken care of first. If you’ve been saving up for big projects like remodels, a new roof or the like, those projects should take precedence over smaller home updates. If you don’t have any major repairs to work toward, and you’re just looking for minor and inexpensive ways to freshen your home for the summer months, there are a lot of inexpensive things that you can do a little at a time to welcome summer into your home with open arms. Whether you have big or small projects in mind, there are budget-friendly hacks for every budget.

Start with the outside. The quickest way to outfit your home for summertime is to freshen up the outside of your home. Take a look at the exterior of your house. If you have vinyl siding, you may want to pressure wash the siding to rinse off any residual pollen or dirt that has collected on the house. You can also pressure wash your fence, porch, deck, patio, and driveway to make them look like new again. Sears is the perfect place to look for pressure washers and other outdoor tools you might need for all of your home projects this summer. Get $35.00 off Sears.com orders of $300.00+. Buying your own pressure washer might be a bit of an investment upfront, but it will save you a lot of money in the long run, and will save you from having to hire someone to clean those areas of your home.

Update the landscape. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, adding curb appeal is easy. Select a few drought tolerant plants that you can easily edge flower beds with. If you like the look of a cottage garden, go with flowers that grow tall, such as salvia, cone flower, black eyed Susans, daylilies, and roses. These beautiful flowers will attract birds and other wildlife that’s nice to look at. If you enjoy seeing butterflies, plant a butterfly bush somewhere on your property. Be sure to give it plenty of space, as they tend to grow wide and tall. Add shrubs, as well as garden accents and lighting to brighten up the space. Adding a bistro table and chairs is a nice way to add a welcoming space to guests to relax and enjoy your beautiful property. Get a 15% discount sitewide at Brylane Home and update your outdoor furnishings before summer slips away.

Add light touches inside. Winter isn’t the only time to enjoy candles and cozy blankets. Add a beautiful white throw blanket over the side of an arm chair or lounging area. Toss some throw pillows in vivid summery colors to your couch, arm chairs, and benches. Add white and light colored accents everywhere! Ditch those tired, boring browns and neutrals and switch them up with white, silver and gold. Add a white or yellow candle with a fresh and citrus-like scent to your work or common areas in the home. Enjoy drinking out of mason jars or glass milk bottles for a touch of summer whimsy. Surround yourself with greenery, such as succulents and ferns, which require very little maintenance, and allow plenty of natural light to come into your home.

Making a few little changes can have a big impact and can be the difference between a solemn summer, or a bright and energetic one.