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7 Home Improvement Projects for the Summer

Get ready for some fun in the sun when you accomplish these tasks

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Photography: CNBC (Main Photo)

With summer fast approaching, people all over the country are either working around their schedule for long vacations or spending time improving their home—after all, it's easier to work on renovation projects when the weather is nice. If you're part of the latter, you might need a few more suggestions on what to work on. We've listed down some important tasks you need to get to before the rain strikes in July: 


1. Clean the gutter

Gutters are responsible for catching rainwater and rerouting it away from the house—this protects your home from damages or flooding. We usually take it for granted in the summer so we end up with a clogged spillway during the rainy season. Block off a Saturday to clean it to make sure it's in good condition.

READ: How-To: Cleaning The Gutter 

2. Repair the roof

There's nothing worse than having leaks on the ceiling during the typhoon season. While it's bright and sunny, look for any signs of wear and tear regularly to avoid major damage—if you see any small holes during your inspection, attend to it immediately.

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READ: 5 Roof Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Needs To Know

3. Plan for flood control

Make sure that the canals and drains in and around your house are clear. Build zocalos around your doors if needed and if you’re planning on rising the floor line of your home, now’s the right time to do that.

READ:  What Can I Do With a Flood-Damaged Sofa and Wall?


4. Paint the exterior of your house

Summer is the perfect time for a big paint job—you don't have to worry about unexpected rains and windy days. If you're looking to give your home a major makeover, consider out-of-the-box colors that will make people's heads turn.

READ: 5 Unique Home Exterior Paint Ideas 

5. Get rid of pests

Summer is when termites get most active, so nip it in the bud as soon as you possibly can. You may also use natural remedies to deal with pests such as placing cayenne powder near your entryway (for ants) or placing cucumber peels on your counters or inside garbage cans (for cockroaches).

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READ: Ways to Keep the Home Safe from Pests

6. Clean your windows

Cleaning windows is more important than some people make it out to be. Take the time to wash them to extend its lifespan—however, make sure you do it during overcast mornings to avoid frustrating water streaks. 

READ: 5 Must-Read Tips for Streak-Free Windows

7. Install a ceiling fan to keep your home cool

In a tropical country like ours, having a ceiling fan at home is almost a requirement. It will keep the breeze flowing through your home on humid days and it also helps balance the temperature in closed spaces therefore reducing your electricity bill in the long run. 

READ: 5 Things To Consider Before Buying A Ceiling Fan

This is an updated version of a previously published article in May 2017. Main photo by CNBC.

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