For most homeowners, spring is the perfect time of year to take advantage of warmer weather and get some chores done around the house that they've been putting off because of the cold winter air! Typically, spring cleaning means you're cleaning out junk drawers and donating unused sweaters. However spring cleaning doesn’t have to end there. In fact, with a few simple projects, you can give your home a facelift without having to go through with an entire remodel.
If you set aside a few weekends before the summer heat arrives, you can knock out a few DIY-friendly spring cleaning ideas that you'll be thankful for later. Who doesn't love a clean, organized home? Here's a few tips that almost every homeowner can take advantage of to make the most out of their spring cleaning efforts and reap the benefits all year long!
Repair Fans or Install New Ones
When your fan starts squeaking in the middle of the night or begins to sound like it’s going to wobble off the ceiling, it’s time to investigate the cause. Ceiling fans can be an easy fix, as long as you know what you’re looking for without having to hire a handy man. Repairing a broken ceiling fan can ensure that it’s functioning properly and is doing its job correctly—keeping a room cool and air flowing properly.
However, if you discover issues with the fan’s motor or you continue to have problems after you’ve attempted repair, finding a replacement is the next best option. Installing a ceiling fan is something you can do yourself without the help of a professional. Just be sure that you invest in a quality fan and follow instillation instructions properly. With the hot summer days ahead, you’ll be thankful you took the time to tend to your ceiling fans.
Painting Inside and Out
Painting is an easy, affordable way to refresh your home—inside and out! A fresh coat of paint can completely transform a room and can be done by yourself or with the help of family for a fun DIY project! Focus on a few rooms that are used most often, like the bedroom, bathroom, or living room and knock them out one at a time. Otherwise, re-painting the entire house at once can turn into a time consuming and costly project.
Not only can interior paint give your home that ‘brand new’ feeling, but painting the exterior of your home is a great way to boost curb appeal! While painting the exterior of your home can be a bit more pricey and a slower process, it can pay off in the long run. Not only does painting the exterior of your home provide cosmetic improvements, it can also add years of life to your home's exterior by protecting the siding.
Using a pressure washer to clean stains and grime that build up on the exterior of your home is a great way to boost curb appeal. However, pressure washing can be a tedious and somewhat difficult task. Before you pick up a machine and start spraying, do your research. Find out what exact siding your home has, and get suggestions on what type of tools you need and any helpful tips to avoid a nightmare.
Be sure to research how to best treat the type of siding your home has, as well as best practice and safety tips. You'll want to consider things like the direction of the wind that day, wearing proper eye protection, and planning your movements to avoid damaging windows or doors to help you get the most out of your pressure washing.
Pressure washing can certainly be done on your own, but if you aren't 100% confident you can handle this project on your own, hire a professional! A professional power washer may be a bit more costly, but it will relieve you of the worry that you might make a mistake, or cause unintended damage to your home.
While most gardeners know that early spring is the ideal time to plant a garden, it's not too late to work on some landscaping! Tearing up old shrubs, weeds, and other pesky plants can give your home a huge face lift! Landscaping can be the perfect project you take on yourself, and doing so can save you money over hiring a professional! Landscaping requires a little time and patience, and with a few basic yard tools you already have on hand, you can transform your home's curb appeal!
If you're going to take on landscaping, be sure to research the best plants that will thrive in your area as well as match the exterior of your home. Typically, keeping it simple is best and will make your home look fresh, clean, and manicured. Just be sure to maintain your efforts with scheduled trimmings, weed control, and watering regularly.
There are endless ways you can take spring cleaning to the next level so your home is looking it's best and running efficiently all year long. As we mentioned before, if any of these projects seem overwhelming, it's best to call a professional to come and help, or even recruit family and friends to lend a hand! What are your favorite ways to give your home a face lift in the spring?