After a long three months, it’s finally that time again: The time when the kiddos head back to school, and you have the house to yourself!

While you might be tempted to just kick back, relax and read a nice book, this is actually the perfect time to knock some things off your to-do list you might have been putting off while the kids were at home.

A great option? Dive into some home improvement projects, and make your dream home reality. (Or increase your home value if you’re considering selling it soon!)

Not sure where to start? Need some good DIY ideas to get you going? Here are 6 home improvement projects that are perfect for when the kiddos head back to school:

  • Revamp the kitchen – You’d be surprised how much time you spend in the kitchen – cooking, eating, entertaining … it adds up! So why not pour some resources into revamping it and making it the most welcoming place you can? Though many people hire professionals to do their kitchen makeovers, there are actually a lot of tasks you can DIY all on your own. You can paint and re-stain the cabinets, replace the backsplash, install new appliances, replace or re-cover the countertops or even add a convenient island to the center of the room. One huge way to make an impact for not much work or money? Replace the sink with a new, farmhouse style model. It makes for a whole new room!
  • Add more storage – Every family can always use more storage, whether it’s for the kids’ soccer stuff, their shoes when they come in the door, or just a place to store Christmas decorations until the holiday season is near, adding more storage is always a good option. If you’re on a tight budget, simply investing in some closet and cabinet systems is a good place to start, but if you have a little more to spend, consider adding a mudroom or installing additional cabinetry in entryways or laundry rooms to ramp up your space.
  • Build a patio or deck – With fall approaching, wouldn’t it be nice to have a place you could sit back, drink a glass of wine and enjoy the cooler weather? If you don’t already have one, considering installing a patio or deck in your backyard and create your very own at-home getaway. For a patio, you simply need paver stone from your local home improvement store. Just measure it out, lay the pavers and fill the cracks with sand and small gravel. A deck is a bit more complicated, but with a little planning and some good old elbow grease, you can create anything you like!
  • Upgrade your fence – How long has your fence been there? Is it old, rundown or fading? Consider replacing your fence altogether with a newer, nicer model, or get a nice stain and give the old one a makeover. Your local Home Depot or Lowe’s should have all the tools you need!
  • Update your light fixtures – You’d be surprised at what a difference more light can make. If you’ve had the same old light fixtures, fans and sconces since you moved in, consider replacing them with newer, larger or more eye-catching models. The added light will make your rooms look bigger (a big plus if you’re considering selling soon!).
  • Install new hardware – A great way to give your home a little facelift without doing too much dirty work is to update its hardware – the spouts on the sink and tub, the handles on your cabinets, and the locks and knobs on your doors. Home improvement stores, craft stores and even stores like Walmart and Target offer hardware options, so you can get some real deals if you look hard enough!

Now that August is here and the kids are headed back to school, now is the perfect time to get some much-needed home improvement projects done around the house. Not only will they keep you busy and improve the beauty and livability of the home while you’re there, but they’ll also help add to your property value – and that means more money in your pocket should you ever choose to sell.

Want more advice on upping your home’s value or selling your home? Need help finding a new home in the Schertz, Garden Ridge, Cibolo or surrounding areas? Contact The Claus Team today. Our expert real estate agents are here to help.