Summer Home Renovations to Enhance Your Living Space in New Braunfels

Summer Home Renovations New Braunfels

If you’re anything like me, then you don’t just have a “to-do list.” You have a whole to-do book. And some days, the book has you.

You review your grocery lists (multiple because the brands you love are divided between three different stores), lists of household tasks, your kid’s basketball schedule, and quarterly goals that feel just out of reach. With everything else going on, nothing screams “Backburner!” like home renovations.

For all the time, effort, and cash required to upgrade your house, it often seems easier to pack up and move. If you started planning today, you could be settled into your new place by the start of the school year… which is more than you can say for your old kitchen once you whip out the power tools.

Or is it?

Yes, home renovations can be a massive time suck, but if you take them on one at a time, they’re both manageable and exciting. Is it challenging to go without a fully-functional master bathroom for a month? For sure. But will you feel a great sense of pride when you use your shiny-new bathtub for the first time? Absolutely.

Even if you are planning a move, I recommend dedicating part of your summer to home renovations. The reality is that you can’t sell your house “as is” and get top dollar anymore. I reiterate this to my clients all the time. Homes in Central Texas are in demand and selling relatively quickly, but if you want to maximize the offers you’re bound to receive, upgrades will make an impact.

(And let’s face it: Inflation is out here kicking butt and taking names. If several weeks of renovation can increase the value of your home exponentially, it’s worth it.)

If you’re not sure where to begin, I’ve got your back. Here are my top five summer home renovations that add value to your property (and satisfaction to your life):

  1. Enhance your outdoor space. Take advantage of the warm Texas weather by upgrading your yard. Consider adding a patio or deck where you can relax, entertain guests, and enjoy meals outdoors. Depending on your goals, you might add outdoor lighting, furniture, or even a full-fledged kitchen to create a functional and inviting space. The sky is quite literally the limit.
  1. Go green. Summer is the perfect time to invest in energy-efficient upgrades that can help reduce utility bills. Look into energy-efficient windows and lightbulbs, or simply improve your insulation. Not only do these investments save you money in the long run, but they also contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly residence.
  1. Renovate your kitchen. Yep, with the necessary time and budget, I’m all about a good kitchen upgrade. If you enjoy hosting (or just hate tripping over your own feet in a cramped space), a kitchen renovation can breathe new life into your house. Consider updating your appliances, replacing outdated countertops, and installing new cabinetry. Even a fresh coat of paint or a visually appealing backsplash can elevate the heart of your home.
  1. Remodel your bathroom. It doesn’t take much to spruce up your bathroom, and as a parent, I can confidently say that it’s worth it to transform this space into a relaxing oasis. You might update faucets, replace outdated tile, or even install a luxurious walk-in shower. You also can’t go wrong with fresh paint, new lighting fixtures, and improved storage solutions.
  1. Landscape. Soak up some vitamin D and transform your home at the same time! Adding flowers and shrubs, defining pathways, and creating a cozy seating area are just a few ways to brighten things up. If you have the time, I totally recommend turning it into a family project. With a free weekend and some patience, landscaping can be a lot of fun.

If your to-do list is cursing me, I get it. Home renovations aren’t exactly quick or cheap. But as a realtor, I’ve seen the ROI more times than I can count. When you make upgrades like these, you’re investing in so much more than a house. You’re investing in your life.

I’m always honest with my clients—no sugarcoating—so here’s the bottom line.

We spend about 60% of our waking hours at home. It should be a sanctuary.

And in my experience, when your house becomes a haven, you feel more at peace. The first time you sit on your new patio with a novel and a glass of wine, the only list on your mind will be one of gratitude.