With the new season, as the weather begins to warm, it is time to start cleaning and improving your home. The winter months can be very hard on a home, heavy rains, strong winds, snow and hail, so pick up your tools and get ready to put your home back in tip-top shape.
1. The first thing you should do is check your roof. After all the harsh weather, your roof likely took quite a beating. make sure all the shingles are in good shape and there is no leaking. If there are only a couple of small patches, replace the shingles in a small square around the damage. If there are larger areas, replace the whole roof. Your house will look fresh and new!!
2. You’ll want to check your lawn for dead spots. Everyone loves a plush green lawn, so buy some grass seeds and fertilizer besides, why not take advantage of these april showers. If you are feeling like your yard is a little lacking in personality, you can go all out with the landscaping. Add a pond or waterfall to your yard, plant some roses or fruit bearing trees. Set up a garden in that bare back corner of your yard. Make your yard work for you!! Also while you are out there, pull up all those plants growing too close to your home, it will cut back on pests that work their way into your home.
3. How is your siding?? Rain, snow and hail can have a pretty major effect on your paint job. While painting a home is a big project and can be very expensive, it also has the biggest effect on curb appeal. A freshly painted house is always the envy of the neighborhood, why not make it yours. If you don’t feel like painting the whole house, try changing the trim color, even little changes can make a huge difference.
4. Put up a fence. Fences are a great way to add value and privacy to a home. Whether you want a white picket fence in the front yard, a tall cedar fence in the back yard, or just a simple iron fence all the way around. They can do a world of good. If you already have a fence, do some improvements. They should be pressure washed every year and re-stained every 3-5 years. Then check the fence is still secure, shake the posts a little and replace any loose or broken boards. When shopping for fences, though they are cheap, keep in mind, no one like chain link fences.
5. Lastly as a completely optional, but really fun spring project, make an outdoor room. Put in a new patio or deck, install a fire pit or build a fireplace, and buy some new furniture. If you are really feeling crafty, build an outdoor kitchen. No one wants to cook in a hot kitchen in the middle of the summer, so start renovating now and you can be cooking by June.
Start these projects early and by the time the weather is warm, you will be able to enjoy all your hard work.
Until next time, Live Lively