10 Spring Home Projects
Spring is a time of new beginnings, so it's the perfect time to start that home improvement project you've put off all winter. See our tips for projects to prepare your home for summer.
Donate or Recycle
As you're cleaning and decluttering the house, work out what you have and decide what you actually need. Donate unwanted electronics, housewares and gently used clothing and shoes to charity. For other items, call your local council to find out what's collected or can be recycled. Getting rid of unwanted items will make your home feel lighter, larger, and more comfortable.
Minimise the mess and clutter that winter left behind. Wipe down windows, walls, and floors; polish wood furniture; dust light fixtures and ceiling fans; declutter countertops and tame untidy toiletries! Focus on one room at a time and schedule different rooms for different days.
If this is the year you finally commit to a kitchen makeover, a sunroom addition, or a party-perfect outdoor room, do so with the help of a professional designer or decorator. They've got the expertise and experience to make your dream remodel a reality.
Interior and Exterior Paint
Refresh a room for Spring with a new coat of paint. As you search for the perfect colour, remember that paint often dries darker or brighter than the swatches. Sample on a piece of scrap cardboard or a small area of a wall first to ensure you love the colour. Also, invest in a high-quality primer to ensure a long-lasting paint job. Rearrange artwork (after the paint dries) to complete the fresh look.
Spring is also the perfect time to put your home's best face forward with a fresh paint job on the outside. An updated colour scheme can take your house from forgettable to traffic-stopping. The average exterior paint job lasts 10 years, so make sure it's done right. If your house doesn't require a full paint makeover, consider a touch-up, which can prolong the life of your siding and trim.
Nothing says outdoor entertaining like a deck designed to match your home and lifestyle. Because of their expertise and experience, professional designers can offer fresh ideas, anticipate code restrictions, and deal with unusual problems. Planning a new or redesigned deck begins with imagining everything you want the space to be. Even if your ideas seem far-fetched, don't discard them. Who knows? A design professional might make them a reality.
You should give carpets a quality cleaning once a year to eliminate deep-down dust, dirt, and food particle build-up. Hire a professional, rent a carpet cleaner, or buy a professional-style model designed for home use.
Lawn Clean up
When it comes to your lawn, there's no such thing as fashionably late. This Spring, get the most out of your efforts by giving your lawn what it needs, when it needs it. Maintaining your lawn requires work - mowing, trimming and fertilising.
Pools are typically opened during the swim season and closed during the off-season. Beginning your pool season requires removing, cleaning, and storing the cover; removing the antifreeze chemicals from the plumbing system; refilling the water to an appropriate level; starting the equipment; and adding the first dose of chemicals.
When you consider that your roof's drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your house's exterior and foundation walls, you can see why it merits an inspection. Clean and repair gutters and downspouts every Spring and late in Autumn after leaves have fallen.
Having your home's exterior and windows power-washed won't just make your home look sharp, it also will prevent the growth of mould and mildew that feed on grime. If you're not comfortable deciding whether your home's exterior can handle the pressure that will be exerted from the various pressure-washing nozzles available, hire a professional to do the work.