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Spring is here! I am excited to share some thoughts from Alex of The Berger Bungalow on the perfect home improvement ideas for this time of year!
The flowers are blooming, the weather is starting to warm up, and more people are starting to get out and about, which means that more people are looking at your home. It is the perfect time for all things related to home improvements to do in the spring! If you are selling, this is the time to do so, but if not, I think that it is still so much fun to work on your home during the spring months.
For us, specifically, we are selling our home within the next 2 or so years (at most), so we have a pretty set to-do list, which includes painting our kitchen cabinets, adding in new countertops, replacing some wood, adding in new windows, and changing out flooring. Here are some other things that you may want to consider when doing home improvements in the spring:
Plant a garden
This is my absolute favorite home project in the spring! We always add in a vegetable and fruit garden, but now that my daughter is 1.5 years old, she gets to participate, as well. I love planting my veggie garden because it allows us to spend less at the store each week, but it’s also a fun way to get outside, have fun, and learn about how things grow. Now, I’m not really sure if it is actually a home improvement or not, but if I were buying a home, I would love to see a garden, so that is definitely something to consider! Personally, I believe that it is a home improvement, especially if you are really thoughtful with how you create your garden. There are some really beautiful vegetable gardens out there and not only are they beautiful, but they are useful, as well! If you are struggling to grow grass in a spot in your yard, it could be the perfect space for a garden! Add in mulch, some beautiful raised beds, and start planting!
We actually just got a gutter cleaning done because we were experiencing some leaking when it rained really hard, and we found out that our gutters were clogged. The guy that cleaned the gutters said that he recommends getting your gutters cleaned once a year…and it had been over three years for us, so our gutters were very, very bad. Just in case you are like us and do not know that you need to get your gutters cleaned every year or two, don’t put it off any longer because you might experience some unexpected leaks, like we did.
Speaking of leaks, one way that you can prevent them is by having your roof inspected, repaired, and replaced when needed. While we were having our gutters cleaned, the contractor gave us a heads up that a few of our shingles need to be replaced and the pipes on the top of our house need to be re-sealed and/or replaced very soon. If you also need to get a roof inspection done, or if you already know that your roof needs work, Greater American Roofing is a Louisville KY commercial roofing company that installs beautifully crafted roofs that are second-to-none. Greater American Roofing provides one-of-a-kind, platinum quality service by assisting their customers every step of the way. They offer free inspections, design consultations and they even have an on-site executive team making sure that all goes well while installing the luxury roofing system. They focus on the highest quality for the most efficient cost, while still providing an excellent solution to any roofing need. Greater American Roofing provides system warranties that are backed by their manufacturer for up to 50 years. Other contractors do not offer this, but Greater American Roofing does because they are a GAF certified contractor, who only uses in-house crews that are trained and certified, as well. Being GAF certified is a huge deal! So, if you need your roof inspected, repaired or replaced, do not hesitate to reach out to this veteran owned & operated company because they do things the right way – the first time, while offering amazing customer service.
Think about your windows
Replacing or re-sealing your windows can be a huge upgrade for the hot weather months coming our way very, very soon. A few of our windows definitely need to be checked. How do we know? Condensation is forming on the inside of the window. This means that the seal is definitely broken. So, what we need to do is schedule an inspection and then figure out if we need to completely replace the window(s), or if we are able to just re-seal the windows. Ideally, I would love to be able to re-seal them because it will save us a lot of money, but we will see what they say! Thinking about your windows is a great home improvement to make any time of the year, but especially during the spring, so that you do not let in too much hot air, resulting in higher electric bills (and more sweat, too!).
Update your paint
Upgrading your paint, no matter if it is indoor or outdoor paint, can be a huge improvement to the overall look of your home. It can completely change a house and update it quite a bit. For example, below, you will see a before and after of my home. We recently painted the entire exterior of our home, taking it from an outdated orangey-brick color, to a fresh white. We were told by our real estate agent that this update alone should boost the purchase price pretty significantly, which is amazing! While I would not say that painting the exterior of our home was cheap, by any means, it will make us more money when it is all said and done. The great thing about indoor paint, however, is most of the time, you can do it yourself! If a room looks outdated, try swapping out the paint color. This is an affordable and not too timely way to spruce up a room, or rooms, in your home yourself!
There are so many home improvements to do in the spring and while this list just covers a few of my favorite to-dos, when you get creative and do a few upgrades here and there, it can completely refresh the inside and outside of your home, making it fresh for the spring and summer months ahead of us.
Thank you so much to Stephanie for allowing me to be a guest poster today! You can always find my other posts at my blog, The Berger Bungalow. I post about travel, lower-toxin living, and other fun lifestyle topics.