Spring is here and we can all look forward to the warmer weather and spending more time outdoors (while socially distancing, of course). As you know, spring also heralds in the beginning of the home improvement season. It is the perfect opportunity to get outside and fix up any issues around your house that might have occurred during the harsher winter months. However, where do you start? There are endless projects you could complete, but here are 5 home improvement projects that are easy enough to get your home in perfect condition before spring becomes summer.
1. Start Up Top
When starting out with your spring home improvement projects, it is wise to start up top and work your way down. Checking your roof (shingles) and gutters to see if what (if any) damage has occurred during winter is a good place to start. Check shingles to make sure none are cracked, buckled or blown loose during the winter months. Next, check flashing around plumbing vents, skylights, and the chimney to ensure everything is still in place and doing its job. If you find any issues, make note of what they are and then hire a professional home improvement contractor to come fix the damage, especially before the strong summer sun comes along. Sometimes, an inspection will reveal you may need a new roof. However, a roof is one of the most important features of your home. Not only does a new roof better protect your home from the elements, but it also boosts the value, and improves curb appeal.
2. Check Your Windows and Doors
Using a screwdriver, gentlyprobe the trim around doors and windows to make sure it is secure and still in good shape. A quick check on the caulking and any needed touch-ups is also a good idea. Also, check your windows to see if any have clouded up over Winter. If they have, this means the seal between panes has failed, and you may need to replace the sash or the entire window. Unfortunately, many old windows and doors allow outside air to leak in and your conditioned inside air to leak out, which can be taxing on your heating and cooling system, and expensive for your wallet. Replacing your old windows and doors during spring, with newer materials, will ensure your home is more energy efficient, ready for the summer heat.
3. Get Your Hands Dirty in the Yard
Take advantage of the warmer weather and get outdoors for some yard time. Rake up leaves and debris and clean up any rogue branches that might have fallen down during winter storms. Consider planting some flowers or a garden - as experts say there are physical and mental benefits of doing so. Also, if you burned wood during winter and stored your supply near the house, now is a good time to move it away from your home as warmer temperatures could make it susceptible to insect infestation.
4. A Minor Kitchen Remodel
What is spring without a minor kitchen remodel? A kitchen remodel is one of the more popular home improvement projects, because it not only enhances the appearance and functionality of your home, but it also adds major value to your home. You do not have to go all out and splurge on a major remodel; a small one is just as satisfying and can make a huge difference. A minor kitchen remodel might include replacing laminate countertops with new laminate or quartz, updating the backsplash, swapping out old appliances for more energy-efficient models, updating your sink and faucet, adding wall coverings and replacing vinyl flooring with new vinyl or tile.
5. Update Your Home with New Siding
Another perfect spring home improvement project is upgrading your siding. New siding significantly enhances the curb side appeal of your home. Siding is essentially a facelift for your home, with the added benefits of helping lower your utility bills and keep your home comfortable year-round. Here are some signs your siding could do with getting replaced. If replacement siding isn’t in this year’s budget, consider a thorough power washing to remove any stains or mildew and make your home shine!