3 Reasons Why Summer Is A Great Time For Home Renovations!

Most home renovations will be stressful, but a lot of factors go in to how difficult the renovation will be on your home and your family. Among these factors, the timing of your renovation has a big impact on how smoothly it gets done. If you’re thinking about doing any kind of home renovations, like a new kitchen or bathroom, then summer is a great time! Summer is the best time of year for escaping the mess, stress and complications of a home renovation.

We understand that summer can be a busy time for your home with parties to throw, people to entertain and chores to check off. This leaves you with the question: should you really renovate your house in the summer?  Here are three big reasons why summer is one of the best times to start a home renovation.



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1. Summertime Distractions

When your home is going through a renovation there’s going to be messes. This is a fact, and these messes will make it hard to do even the simplest of tasks like cook, relax or talk with others while indoors. You'll want to forget about the partially done kitchen and the things that are still left to do, and summer is perfect for distractions. In the summer, the warm weather outside can become the perfect space to relax, unwind and forget about the unfinished renovation. Utilize this time to grill, hang out with family and talk about what you’re most excited for in your new and improved home. Living in your home during a renovation is challenging, but being outside in the warm evenings will give you the perfect escape to all the madness and the mess.

While your home is under construction, you can take this time to be outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. There are always summer activities and events happening to keep you busy. Take advantage of local fairs, concerts and events that happen in the summer to get your mind off of your renovation. Nothing to do locally during your renovation? Host your own party with an outdoor dinner party or barbecue! Just because your home is being worked on doesn't mean you have to live in exile from friends and family. Invite them over for some fun in the sun, and if you’re up for it, show them how your renovation is coming along! Your friends will be blown away with how different it looks and excited at how it will be when finished.

If you’re finding it hard to relax, then use this time to finish all of those outdoor tasks you’ve been meaning to get to. Take this opportunity to spruce up the outside of your home. Start a garden, trim any wayward bushes and tree branches, and pick out those pesky weeds. Once your renovation is done you’ll have a home that is beautiful on the inside and the outside!



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2. Worker Morale

In a home renovation you could have workers from several different businesses and disciplines working together in your home. That's why it’s important to have the most ideal work conditions possible. When your renovation team starts working, you want them to be fully involved and motivated in their work. They are here to make your dream home come to life, and they should enjoy their work as much as possible. Working in the summertime tends to be more enjoyable than working in the cold fall and winter months. Projects also tend to proceed smoother in the summer, which is great for keeping your workers motivated and the end goal in sight. Having your home renovated in the summer isn’t just good for you, it’s better for those working on your home as well!

The best and easiest way to keep your workers happy is by creating an easy work environment. Working in cold weather is difficult at times, and if there is snow on the ground there’s a good chance that slush and snow can be tracked inside to their workspace. This can add complications and leave some workers frustrated. Warm, dry workers are usually happier than cold, wet ones. Take it from us! Use the summer heat to your advantage and give your renovation team ideal conditions to work in.


3. Great Weather

Weather plays a surprisingly large factor in home renovations. Poor weather conditions like snow, ice, rain and sleet can make it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to get workers out to your home. Even one delay and your project’s original schedule may get set back days or weeks. This will only end up costing you time and money. A delay in one area can put holdups on several other areas to follow. These building delays, holdups and schedule pushbacks will add more and more time to your renovation. All of a sudden, a five week project gets extended to ten.

The best way to keep your renovation timetable safe from unpredictable weather is by doing it in the summer when the weather is less erratic. Michigan weather year-round is traditionally unpredictable, but unless it starts snowing in June your renovation will be done on time. By using the summer sun to your advantage, you can keep your renovation moving along smoothly and have it done with summertime to spare.



Summer is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start that home renovation project you’ve always wanted. Contact us today to get started, or show us exactly what you have in mind for your home by building your very own LaFata Ideaboard! You can take your favorite renovation styles, ideas and inspirations, and post them to your Ideaboard. Not only will we see what your dream home should look like, we’ll contact you with the next steps to get it started.

5 Ways to Reinvest in Your Home!

Tax day has come and gone again, and in its wake comes the promise of some extra cash from tax returns. It's exciting to have that extra cash on the way, but what do you spend it on? Do you make a smart investment and save it away for the future or buy something for your family to enjoy now? Well, how about both! Reinvest your tax return into your home for returns that you can see now and that will improve your home's future value!

But where will you get the most bang for your buck? Let us help you! We've made a list the 5 best ways to reinvest in your home!


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1. Build a Patio!

Think about your future, like where you'll be hanging out this summer. A patio is a huge plus for your real estate property, and the perfect place for barbecues, friendly get-togethers or reading a book while relaxing in the sun!

When building a topnotch patio, remember to account for costs for the material you'll be using to build it like stone, brick, tile or wood. After that, pick the furniture you can see yourself lounging in.


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2. Remodel the bathroom!

Face it, when it comes to your personal bathroom you've been neglecting it for remodels in the more visible areas of your home. Give your bathroom, and yourself, some love by giving it the remodel you've always wanted. Today's bathrooms can be outfitted and designed to make your master bathroom into something closer to a master spa, so bring it into the 21st century for you and your home's sake.

Remodeling a bathroom is one of the biggest home investments on this list for a reason. Updating an old bathroom can add thousands to your home's overall value, and with the right help it won't be the nightmare you might expect it to be!


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3. Create the perfect den!

Create a personal hideaway in the home for you and your family to use. A den is great home addition because it acts as a designated quiet place in the house, and whatever you do with that silence is up to you! Dens can be a great place to get work done, focus on a hobby or catch a quick nap.

Aside from the personal benefits, it adds another layer of interest to your home and attracts a wider pool of potential buyers.


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4. Build a home bar!

Why go to a party when you can bring one to your home? A home bar is perfect for giving your home some more wow factor as well as a perfect place to share a drink with friends and family. Creating a home bar is relatively easy compared to these other ideas. You can go as simple as a tiny bar tucked into the corner or as extravagant as a fully stocked bar that defines the room!

A home bar is typically installed into an existing space, so the biggest cost will be for the bar itself and after that it's yours to stock how you see fit.


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5. Renovate your kitchen!

Renovating your kitchen is guaranteed to increase the value of your home and your love of it. In terms of additional value, we recommend this option the most especially if your kitchen is starting to show its age. An outdated can scare away potential buyers and decrease its value significantly.

Renovating a kitchen isn't as scary as one might think. Anyone's kitchen can go from outdated to outstanding with the right help! If you think your kitchen is starting to show its age and you're ready to make that change, give us a call at 586.247.1140 so we can help you start planning your dream kitchen today!