Summertime means so many things in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Mostly, it means enjoying the great outdoors for the few months where the sun shines and the temperatures soar. But it also affords Minnesotans time to work on home projects, and especially those that need to be done outdoors. Here are 4 great home-related projects to tackle here in Minnesota during the summer months.

  • Landscaping

    Whether it’s re-rocking your garden areas, planting some new shrubs or even adding a water feature, summer is a great time to tackle projects in the yard. Plus, many home improvement and landscaping businesses offer great variety and pricing on landscaping materials and equipment this time of year.

  • Building or Refinishing the Deck

    Summer is the perfect time to build or refinish a deck or patio area around your home. The weather is generally good for it, and you should get to enjoy some immediate reward to all the hard work you’re going to put in. A new or refinished deck helps improve your home’s value and offers a great place to entertain or simply kick back, relax and enjoy the season.

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  • Sidewalks and Driveways

    Winter can be harsh on driveways and sidewalks, between the snowblowing, shoveling and scraping we spend so much time doing in Minnesota throughout the winter. When paired with the harsh salts and chemicals it can all work together to break down your concrete if you’re not careful. Taking some time to fix issues in these areas can go a long way in strengthening your home’s curb appeal.

  • New Windows

    As the weather gets warmer, new windows can help the air conditioner or central air in your home work a little easier by keeping more of that cool air in the house and more of the hot, humid summer air outside where it belongs. And new windows are the “gift that keeps on giving,” as they also have positive, cost-saving effects in the winter.