Spring has officially arrived! Is your home ready? If the thought of spring cleaning makes you tired already, don’t worry. Not all spring home preparation projects require rubber gloves, scrub brushes or elbow grease. Some can actually be fun and could help you enjoy your home all spring and summer long!
Fun ways to prepare your home for spring
It’s a given, you should do the regular spring maintenance such as clearing your gutters, replacing any rotten trim or siding from your home, checking window screens and cleaning or replacing your air conditioner filter. These help to keep your home in good condition and ready to take on the incoming season. Don’t forget to check all your outdoor lighting as well. Make sure to replace any burnt out bulbs. You may also want to replace all your light bulbs with energy efficient ones if you haven’t already. Spring and summer will bring lots of opportunities to be outside in the evening with friends and family. You’ll want your lighting to be optimal.
When you have finished clearing your gutters and all the other regular spring cleaning chores, your home can be ready for a new look. Let the fun begin! Your home is an extended statement of your style, why not get the interior of your home ready for spring with easy changes that can bring dramatic results? Spruce up your couch with new throw pillows that have pops of colors to help liven up your living room. How about some colorful accessories? Items such as colorful vases, flowers and even vibrant boxes in which you can hide away your TV remotes, can add some interest.
If you want to get really creative you can even rearrange the furniture in one or all of your rooms. You would be surprised at how a change in the layout of a room can give it a whole new look and feel! Take advantage of the extra hour of sunlight with new drapes. Lighter colors and additions of sheers can allow for natural light to flood the room.
Taking it beyond the basics
Are you ready to try more in depth projects to give your home a spring makeover? Whether you want a DIY project that you can tackle in a day or one that may take more time and even involve a licensed contractor, now is the perfect time to get started. Simple updates like painting your front door or planting new flowers in the front yard can be accomplished in one day and strengthen your home’s curb appeal at the same time. Adding a deck or patio can help bring your living room outdoors for entertaining in the warmer weather. Backyard barbecues would be so much fun; who doesn’t enjoy fresh air, the smell of food cooking on the grill or the company of family and friends?
Spring is also a great time to do more eco-friendly home improvement projects. Replacing doors and windows can help keep the warm air out and the cooler air in, helping to reduce your air conditioning costs in the warmer weather months. Installing skylights can help let light in rooms where you don’t have many windows but want to take advantage of the longer hours of daylight. Upgrades like this can be costly and may tap too deeply into your budget or savings. Consider your home’s equity as a way to fund new amenities to your home, a cash-out refinance allows you to use your home’s equity to take cash for home improvement projects and many other needs. Even simply adding more energy-efficient appliances can really update a kitchen or laundry room while saving costs in the long run. A cash-out refinance may just make sense for your situation.
No matter how you choose to get your home ready for spring one thing’s for sure, the warmer weather is coming. Prepare now so that you can enjoy it longer during spring and summer months.
For more information about how you can use your home equity to make your home more ready for spring, talk to the lending experts at Lenox/WesLend Financial or call 844-225-3669. As heard on the radio, it’s the biggest no-brainer in the history of mankind.