A fresh coat of paint in the kitchen never hurt to brighten it up. Be sure to use a sheen such as eggshell, not flat, so that the surface can easily be cleaned.
Spring is a great time to make your home more energy-efficient. Updates could include adding a new energy-efficient HVAC system or installing new energy-efficient windows. Consider installing a condenser coil misting system; this inexpensive upgrade will save you a lot of money on your electricity bills.
In addition to these projects, you can add some insulation and/or radiant barrier foil to the attic. Did you know that insulation is your best bang-for-the-buck energy investment you can make?
Completing these projects in the spring will save you money in the summer and winter by making your house easier to heat and cool. Another thing to consider is swapping out vintage appliances for new Energy Star versions. In many cases you can reap federal energy tax credits when you file your tax return, so you save money two ways.
A Face Lift for Your Bathrooms:
Updating your bathroom is right up there with the kitchen when it comes to return on investment in terms of home equity.
This improvement could be small and only involve minor projects such as updating the lighting fixtures or installing a new vanity. However, spring is the perfect time to gut the whole bathroom and complete a total restoration.
A total restoration could include installing a new floor (floor heating optional), a new tub or shower unit, or even installing new technology such as a hidden flat screen television.
A Fresh Coat of Paint:
Painting is a simple way to create a bold new look for the spring. Painting either the inside or the outside of your house can really improve the appearance of your home.
Furthermore, painting is an easy way to make a big impact on your homes appearance without a large monetary investment. Unlike many projects, the investment in painting equipment is minimal and you can provide the labor yourself.
Another renovation to complete come spring is redecorating your home. This is the perfect time to get new drapes, throw pillows, or even new furniture thus creating a fresh look for your home.
Adding new blinds can update your homes look and help your home stay cooler in the summer. Buying blinds online is a great way to choose the perfect blinds for your home. For a more drastic improvement, consider installing hardwood or floating laminate floors and removing old carpet.
Working on Your Yard:
Spring is the perfect time for improving your homes outdoor living spaces by planting new bushes, flowers, or fruit trees.
In addition, creating a patio using bricks or paving stones, and adding new patio furniture, will ensure you are ready for outdoor entertaining.
The six projects listed above are great ideas for home renovations this spring. Choosing to accomplish any of them will improve your homes appearance. However, completing them all will leave your home looking spring fresh.
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Kelly R. Smith was a commercial carpenter for 20 years before returning to night school at the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. After working at NASA for a few years, he went on to develop software for the transportation and financial and energy trading industries. He has been writing, in one capacity or another, since he could hold a pencil. As a freelance writer now, he specializes in producing articles and blog content for a variety of clients. His personal blog is at I Can Fix Up My Home Blog where he muses on many different topics.