10 home improvement projects for the spring
April 3, 2017 at midnight
For most of us, spring is a time of renewal; in keeping with nature, we shake off our winter blues and become more upbeat about life in general. With all this positivity permeating the air, it’s the perfect time to get busy around the home. Here are ten home improvements you should consider tackling now, so you can sit back, relax and just enjoy the summer months.
- Rescue your garden – constant rain or snow and a reluctance to brave the elements during winter can turn your garden into an overgrown and unloved mess. As the sun reappears and the days warm up, make use of the opportunity to pull out weeds, plant lots of spring color, and give your neglected lawn some care and attention.
- Clean the gutters – during fall and winter, gutters can become clogged with leaves. By clearing gutters as part of your spring home improvement regime, you’ll keep water flowing instead of building up and causing rust and leaks.
- Update your siding – loose or warped sidings are commonplace after a season of winter wind and snow. Fortunately, replacing or repairing siding is a relatively simple exercise, albeit an essential one.
- Have your air-conditioner serviced — it's likely to get plenty of use during the heat of summer, so ensure it’s ready to function optimally when you need it.
- Check the roof – spring is the perfect time to inspect your roof for potential faults after the whipping it probably received during winter. Make immediate repairs before small problems become BIG problems.
- 6. Inspect the attic – all sorts of unwelcome creatures might have sought shelter from the icy cold. While you’re dealing with uninvited guests, check insulation and ventilation to deter mold. For the sake of your family’s heath, preventing mold is always a smart idea.
- Invest in a new front door – this is a real 'feel good' home improvement. A new front door can transform the look of a home without costing you a fortune. As a bonus, an attractive front door can add significantly to a home’s curb appeal.
- 8. Service your barbecue and garden tools – you’ll soon be spending a lot of time outdoors, either working in the yard or entertaining friends around the barbecue. By servicing your equipment now, you’ll make gardening much easier and outdoor cooking a lot more fun.
- Stain the deck – sometimes the best room in the house is not in the house. During late spring and summer, your outdoor entertainment area is likely the place to be. By applying new stain to your deck or patio, but you're also not only making the area more attractive, you’re helping it withstand the elements for another 12 months.
- A fresh coat of paint – a good, old-fashioned paint job is still one of the most strikingly effective home improvements you can make. You don’t have to repaint the entire house. But a fresh coat on things like window frames, doors, kitchen cabinets and even pieces of old furniture can have a wonderfully transformative effect, not only in the way things look but in the way you feel.