It is the most wonderful time of the year (no, not Christmas), but rather the start of spring. The air is warmer, the flowers are in bloom and there is a sense of new beginnings. Spring, of course, also heralds in the season of home improvements (it is not called a Spring clean for nothing!). This new season is the ideal time to get outside and fix up any issues around your house that might have occurred during the cooler months, as well as get a start on any inside projects you have been dreaming about. If your home improvement list is long, you might be wondering where to start. Of course, there are countless spring projects you could undertake, but to help you narrow it down, here are 5 of the best home improvement projects for spring.
Check & Repair Your Roof
When it comes to spring-time home improvements, it is always a good idea to start at the top and work your way down. Checking your roof is the ideal place to start. You want to be on the lookout for loose or missing shingles, check the gutters for debris, and take note of any damage that may have occurred during winter. You will also want to check flashing around plumbing vents, skylights, and the chimney to make sure everything is still in place and doing its job as intended. If you do happen to come across any issues or things that concern you, it is best to get in touch with a home improvement contractor. It is a good idea to sort out any roof problems prior to summer, as oftentimes the strong summer sun makes roof repairs more difficult. You might find upon inspection you need a new roof, and while that might come as a shock to you, your roof is one of the most important features of your home. It protects it from the elements, improves curb appeal and boosts its value.
Window & Door Check
Next you will want to have a good look at your windows and doors. Using a screwdriver, gently probe the trim around doors and windows to make sure it is secure and still in good shape. While you are at it, a quick check on the caulking and topping it up is also a good idea. It is also possible your windows have clouded up over winter, and if they have, this is due to a seal failure between the panes. You might either need to replace the sash, or replace the entire window. The reality is many old windows and doors allow outside air to leak in and your conditioned inside air to escape out. The problem with this is it can be quite taxing on your heating and cooling system – not to mention bad for your wallet. That is why replacing your old windows and doors during spring with upgraded materials will ensure your home is as energy-efficient as possible, and ready for summer.
A Minor Bathroom Remodel
Who does not love a bathroom remodel? You do not have to go all out, but a minor bathroom remodel could be just what your home needs to step into spring and summer. A bathroom remodel does not just enhance the appearance and functionality of your home, but it also adds value, too. So what does a minor bathroom remodel look like? Well, you could refinish your tub instead of replacing it, refresh cabinets with new hardware, install a new sink faucet, install a pre-fabricated shower and so much more.
Dust Off the Yard Tools
Cleaning up your yard is another simple but effective way to get your home ready for summer. It is often too hot in the summer months to do serious yard work, so take advantage of the cool (yet still warm) spring days to get your hands dirty in the yard.
Rake up leaves and debris and clean up any rogue branches that might have fallen down during winter storms. You could also consider planting some flowers or a garden. And, if you burned wood during winter and stored your supply near the house, spring is a good time to move it away from your home because as the weather heats up, it could make the wood more susceptible to insect infestation.
Install New Siding
Finally, spring is the ideal time to install new siding. New siding significantly enhances the curb side appeal of your home and makes it stronger against the elements. It can also make your home much more energy-efficient and keep it temperature and comfortable year round. Not sure if your siding even needs replacing? Check out this article here for some tell-tale signs your siding needs replacing. If new siding is not in this year’s budget, you might just like to power wash your siding to remove any stains or mildew to help enhance the curb appeal of your home.
We hope this article has given you some good inspiration for home improvement projects for spring! If you have any further questions or need advice, please get in touch today.