Ah, spring is in the air! If you’re feeling revitalised and ready to make some changes to your home, you’re not alone. Spring is a great time to take care of all of the projects you thought up over the winter. So, let’s take a look at some of the top home improvement projects to tackle this spring.
If you live in the north, you’ve likely spent a lot of your winter cooped up inside, so you’ve had plenty of time to consider your home. Perhaps you even kept a list of potential projects while hunkering-down inside.
A great way to give your home’s interior a facelift is to paint. If you look down your hallway and are greeted with a kaleidoscope of colours, it’s time to consider updating your home to a more neutral colour palette throughout. Take, for example, the accent walls that were so popular years ago. If you’re planning on selling your home in the future, you’d be wise to give your walls a fresh coat of paint.
While painting is definitely one of those DIY projects almost anyone can do, but if you’re taking on your entire house, you’re better off hiring a professional. Tackling a single room is much different than a complete home, and the prep work can easily stretch your DIY painting project over months. That’s fine, of course, if you don’t have many other projects on your to-do list, but if you plan on checking a bunch of items off, consider hiring out for this job.
Update your lighting
If you’re still working with the light fixtures that came with your home when you purchased it, it’s time to integrate your personal style. Many homeowners are investing in light fixtures that also serve as focal points for rooms, infusing art with lighting.
It’s important to note that you should only attempt to install light fixtures if you’re working with existing wiring. In most cases, it’s merely a matter of taking down your old installation and using the available wiring to attach and install your new lighting; do not forget to shut the electricity off before removing or installing lighting. Unless you have a solid knowledge of electrical wiring, please do not attempt to wire and install a new light, it’s dangerous.
Fixtures and faucets
Another project not requiring expert knowledge is swapping out hardware throughout your home. In fact, changing out hardware is one of those upgrades that’ll increase your home’s value, you just need to consult design trends to get it right. You’d be amazed how new drawer and cabinet pulls can transform the look of your kitchen or bathroom. Another way to modernise your abode is to swap out old, outdated faucets with sleek, new modern fixtures.
Since you’re not changing plumbing and you’re simply swapping out existing fixtures, even the most unhandy of people can take on this DIY home improvement. Just take care to seal your faucets well, or you’ll end up with leaking water underneath your sinks.
There are plenty of projects around the house that you can tackle on your own without a great deal of expertise. Home improvements such as painting and installing new hardware are great confidence boosters for first-time homeowners tackling projects on their own. Here’s the thing: it’s always great to try something yourself, and if the plan goes awry, you can always call in a professional to make a fix. You never know until you try — happy DIYing!