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Whether you are looking to increase the value of your home or just make the space more comfortable and livable for yourself, summer is the perfect time for home improvement projects.

“I tell all of my clients if they need something done around their home, June, July and August are the best times,” said Sarah O’Dell, owner of DwellChic Interior Design. “Around mid-September, contractors are busy with the Christmas rush, so you want to have your projects done before that time.”

People often have more time for DIY projects during the summer. As you inventory things to be done around the house, Brad Liles, a realtor with Keller Williams in Spartanburg, recommends beginning with the outside.

“Landscaping is the first thing people see,” he said. “It really shows how well you have taken care of your home.”

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The front porch is a great focal point.

“Use ferns and low hanging baskets,” Liles said. “In the South, people love front porch sitting!”

O’Dell recommends peonies and camellias to add a pop of color in front of your home. In addition to landscaping, a little cleaning goes a long way in freshening outdoor living space. After a spring, when everything was covered in pollen, O’Dell advices cleaning outdoor cushions, tables, chairs and rugs. If you have a little more time and money to spend outside, Liles suggests repainting shutters and resealing the deck or even adding an outdoor kitchen or fireplace.

Inside, there are a lot of simple things that can make a big difference in a home’s appearance.

“Switch out pillows and throw blankets for lighter fabrics and colors,” O’Dell said. “Adding new bath mats and towels will make a bathroom fell so much fresher.”

Wallpaper is another relatively easy project that has a big impact.

“Wallpaper is really making a comeback,” said Liles. “We are seeing it a lot in foyers and even on ceilings.”

O’Dell likes to use wallpaper to line bookshelves.

“Today’s wallpaper is self-adhesive and easy to install and remove,” she said. “There is no longer a reason to fear installing it yourself.”

If you are looking for high value projects, both Liles and O’Dell recommend consider replacing countertops with granite or other natural stone. Liles suggests replacing your double sink with an on-trend farmhouse sink if it matches the style of your kitchen.

When you are looking for possible projects, don’t forget to look down. Cleaning grout and re-caulking tile floors will make them look new, Liles said.

“When people are buying a home, 90 percent will look at photos online before they ever see a home,” he added. “New hardwood floors really pop in pictures.”

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