As the weather slowly warms up and people make their way outside of their homes after an extremely long winter, many will start to look at ways to improve their home. Those projects they have long thought about doing all winter-long can now be done. Spring is the time of year many people look to make changes to their home to add value, but it can become a money-pit situation extremely fast. If you’re looking to add value to your home or spruce it up for the upcoming spring and summer months, here are some more simple, weekend projects to help you get started:
Spring Cleaning: This is an easy one and it doesn’t have to cost you a cent. If you have spent the winter cooped up in your home, chances are you might have a little bit of clutter. They call it spring cleaning for a reason. Take the time this weekend to clear out the junk from the basement, garage and other places you’re storing it. You can donate or sell what you don’t want and make room for new things. This is a surefire way to make your house look cleaner and more attractive.
Refinish that Deck: If you own a deck or patio, it probably hasn’t enjoyed itself with all of the snow and sleet. Consider giving it a bit of a facelift through a power wash or new paint job. Now, refinishing your own deck can be a bit of a chore, so it’s recommended that you recruit some friends and family members who owe you a few favors.
Brighten Up a Room with a New Paint Job: If you want your home to feel reenergized, it might make sense to pull out the old paintbrush. A new paint job for the big rooms in the house (we’re talking about the master bedroom, kitchen or living room) can really make the home feel like new. When considering what color you should choose, you don’t necessarily need to go for anything too bright. Neutral yellows, blues and greens are always a good idea. When you do repaint, remember to not ruin the walls right away. Keep the pictures and paintings to a minimum if you can.
Do Something about Your Home’s Curb Appeal: If you can afford it, redoing your driveway or adding a stone-paved walkway might make sense. However, boosting your curb appeal could be as simple as adding a few new shrubs or investing in a decorative mailbox to bring some personality to your lawn. Don’t get a lawn gnome. Those things are scary.
The winter has been tough on all of us, and it has also been tough on your home. Now that we’re entering warmer times, take the time to see how you can make improvements on your home. The projects mentioned above aren’t very difficult and most can be completed in a weekend or less. Your house will certainly thank you for the attention paid.