Banish the Bare Walls
Now that spring is nearly here, it's time to make your home look a bit more colorful (or at least a bit less boring). Although the average American moves approximately 12 times in their life, your home won't feel very lived-in if you have bare walls without much character. Put your personal stamp on your home this spring by finally hanging up some framed wall art or some floating shelves. And if you're sick of white walls, take this opportunity to grab some paint or even some temporary wallpaper to breathe some life into the room. A small project like this can make a huge difference in how you feel about your space.
Clean or Replace Your Gutters
Fall and winter can take a toll on your home's exterior. Although many roofs can last up to 30 years, leaves, snow, and debris can make damage more likely. Once spring arrives, it's a good idea to look at your home's gutters to see what needs to be done. In some cases, a thorough cleaning might make them as good as new. But if they've taken a real beating and they're nearing the end of their lifespan, you should see about having them replaced to prevent water damage and other issues. Considering how rainy and wet early spring can be, you may want to do this sooner rather than later!
Make Your Porch or Deck Into an Oasis
Having an outdoor space is a huge perk, especially during a pandemic. Not only can it add value to your home, but it can also provide you with some much-needed solitude. Although anywhere between 40% and 50% of U.S. marriages end in divorce, having a spot where you can decompress on your own for a little while can allow you to maintain a healthy relationship and prioritize your needs. If you have a porch or deck that isn't being used to its full potential, take this opportunity to give it a makeover! Add some furniture and pillows, mood lighting, plants, and fun touches to bring color, privacy, and tranquility to the space — maybe even a pergola like the Yardistry model pictured above! Whether you enjoy it alone, as a couple, or with a few friends, you'll get even more out of your home once the weather is warm.
After spending so much time at home over the past year, you might be pretty eager to get out of the house. But these property improvement projects can help you see your home through new eyes – to the point where you may never even want to leave! And if you do decide to sell in the near future, these small changes can add extraordinary value.