When the ground softens in the spring, it's a great time to put up a new fence or replace an old one. Fences can be a great way to have some privacy in your front or back yard and to add some visual interest to your landscaping. Before installing a fence, make sure that you double-check the exact line of your property and ensure that you keep your fence inside the lines. 17% of real estate issues between neighbors are about boundary disputes, so it's important to avoid a problem before it arises.
Check Out Your Plumbing
Spring can come with a few temperature fluctuations from below-freezing to freezing weather, which isn't always kind of your pipes. If you notice any issues with your plumbing as things begin to thaw, it's a good idea to get them checked out. The spring is also a good time to check on other systems, like your faucets, showerheads, or water heaters. You should keep in mind the expected timeline of a water heater, which is around 20 years for a tankless option, and almost half of that time for a version with a tank.
Get New Floors
If your flooring has seen better days, replacing it with a newer version is a great way to update your home. There are many options for replacing your flooring, though the best option will vary depending on the use of the room you're replacing the floors in. In a living room, for example, most people opt for carpet or hardwood flooring, while in a bathroom, many people will go for tile or stone flooring. If you want to use stone flooring anywhere in your home, it's a good idea to go for natural stone and not an artificial version since natural stone will last longer.
Spring cleaning is common for a reason -- once the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, it's natural to want to freshen up your space. Deep cleaning can come in many forms, such as:
- Decluttering: If you feel like you might have too many things crammed into the storage spaces of your home, you're probably right. Spring is a great time to go through your closets, attic, and basement to get rid of things you've been holding onto that you no longer need. Make sure to donate or recycle anything you can instead of just throwing things away.
- Vacuuming: Although you may vacuum regularly, for a deep clean vacuum you can go the extra mile. Move furniture and vacuum under there to get rid of any of the dust bunnies or dirt that may build up in areas that you usually don't clean, like under your couch.
- Steam Cleaning: If you have carpets in your home, you should consider steam cleaning them as a part of your spring deep cleaning process. You can either buy a steam cleaner or you can hire a service to come and take care of all of the steam cleanings for you. Either way, you'll end up with brighter carpets that look much better afterward.
- Dusting: Dusting is a small chore that is easy to do on a regular basis, but even then you probably don't opt to go for the harder-to-reach spots in your home. However, when you're deep cleaning, you should try to go all-out on the deep cleaning process. Dust in hard-to-reach places like on top of ceiling fan blades and behind TVs to ensure that your home is as dust-free as possible.
- Reorganizing: Reorganizing things like your kitchen or bathroom cabinets, closets, or pantry is a great way to figure out how to best utilize the space that you have. This concept pairs well with decluttering since you may find that you have more things than you actually need while you're reorganizing your home.
Check on Your Gutters and Roofing
Winter storms can wreak havoc on your roofing and gutters, and that's why it's a good idea to fix up any issues before they become worse with any spring rainstorms. The safest course of action is to get someone to inspect your roof and gutter system to ensure that you haven't lost any roofing or had any damage done to your gutters. If there are any issues, it's a good idea to get them fixed as quickly as possible before they cause issues such as water damage or even flooding.
Wash Lawn Furniture
Whether you've had your lawn furniture in storage for the winter or braving the elements outside, you should give them a good cleaning before they start being used for the warmer season. Depending on the kind of furniture you have, you'll have to adjust the way that you clean it, whether that means traditional soap and water or power washing. Power washing is a great option for more durable pieces because it can easily remove layers of dirt and grime, but it can also take off certain kinds of paint. Make sure to look up the materials used to make your furniture before you start power washing anything.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
Painting a room is a great way to give it a breath of new life. Winter isn't always the best time to repaint your home since opening windows for ventilation may cause a draft, but once it starts getting warmer it's the perfect time to carry out your project. Go for a lighter color like cream or light grey for a neutral and bright tone that will make any room feel more bright. If you want to add visual interest to a room, you can consider painting an accent wall in a bold color like mustard yellow or navy.
The spring is a great time to work on improving your home, and these natural stone projects are a few great places to start.
How are you planning on improving your home this spring? Let us know in the comments!