Summertime! Independence! Home projects! The three go together like red, white, and blue. Gear up for the best summer ever and a home fit for 4th of July celebrations with these 11 essential home projects. With a little help from Thumbtack, they’ll be done before you know it—all that’s left for you to do is relax and enjoy.
Clean Out the Garage
Do you cringe each time the garage door opens? Stop hiding from your dark side. Open up and let in the light. Better yet, open up and let in the professionals who’ll clear out your darkness lickety-split. Think of all that space for new projects you’ll have.
Fix up the Floors
Regrout the tile, wax the wood, or refinish hardwood floors. In addition to looking great, this will protect and lengthen the life of your floors. Let your home shine underfoot in preparation for your 4th of July and summer festivities.
Throw a Great 4th of July Party
No July roundup is complete without a star-spangled celebration. Fire up the BBQ, clean up the yard, and ready the pool—it’s party time. Bring in the party planning pros at Thumbtack to handle everything from food preparation and service to party entertainment and clean-up the morning after. Really feeling the holiday magic? Arrange for a fireworks specialist (aka pyrotechnician) to truly dazzle your guests.
Add a Trellis or Gazebo
Want a quick backyard makeover to fully enjoy your backyard time this summer? Add in a wood trellis to create visual appeal, divide large spaces, or cover unsightly storage areas or utilities. Feeling extra fancy? Put in a gazebo for serious summer style.
Put in a Deck
You’ve still got time! Put in that oft-dreamed off back deck in time to take full advantage of the summer. Be creative with your backyard space as well. Consider building a yoga platform to energize your summer practice, or to use as the perfect place for sunbathing (with sunscreen, of course) in the summer rays.
Repair the Lawn Mower
Whether it’s got a seat, is a gas-run mower, operates off electricity, or you push the sucker yourself—Thumbtack’s master mechanics will get your mower back in fighting shape for the long summer ahead. Blades will be sharpened, wheels repaired, and mysterious causes of death will be dealt with. Once again, your lawn will rule the block.
Residential Window Tinting
Not just for stretch limos, tinted windows do your home a world of good. Tinted windows protect art and furnishings from sun damage, reduce cooling bills, keep house temperature low, and add a touch (or a lot) of privacy. Many tinting options offer broad spectrum UV protection as well, so your skin will thank you, too.
Summer’s the time for home sales. If you’re thinking of selling, a pre-sale inspection arms you with information. If you’re thinking of buying, a pre-purchase inspection will save you from potential problems later on down the line.
Restore the Pool Table
If the pool table’s on its last legs, call in a pro to get you back up to snuff. Repair, recondition, or restore as the case may be. They can also help you move your table properly, or assemble a new one if you’re feeling inspired to master the world of billiards. Now’s the perfect time before your 4th of July party. Don’t have space? Well…you did just have the garage cleaned out. Seems like the perfect spot for a new pool lounge.
Reface Kitchen Cabinets
A quick way to makeover your kitchen is to give your cabinets a new look. Instead of the cost of custom cabinets, update the heart of your home with less expensive, less time-consuming options. 1. Repaint or restain the face of the cabinets. 2. Modernize cabinet doors with new laminate or wood overtop of the old. 3. Completely replace old cabinet doors or drawers. Whichever you choose, it’s a great time to get all new hardware—because we all know every party ends in the kitchen. Might as well look terrific.
Baby, it’s hot out there. Summertime lounging is all about sun, but sometimes you need to escape. If construction of a new patio roof is crazy talk, consider the more cost-effective and totally stylish sun shade. The weather-proof fabric sails come in fabulous colors, go up in an afternoon, and keep you and your party guests from getting sunburned. Pros will come safely install them within hours.
You’re all set to get your 4th of July in gear. Next stop, full-on summer.