It is no surprise that April kicks-off what is informally known as Home Improvement Time (it continues through September 30); on those rainy days, why not stay inside and fix things up for your next party? On those beautiful, warm days, let the sunshine be your motivation to improve the outside of your home.
Not sure what needs to be done? We got you covered.
4 spring projects you can do in one weekend
In Minnesota and across the U.S., spring weather always keeps us guessing; you could start a project one weekend and have all your progress ruined by the next because it rained, snowed and reached 80 degrees that week. For that reason here are projects you can get done in one weekend:
Clean the gutters
Yeah, remember how April showers bring May flowers? Well, with full/dirty gutters, April showers could bring housing problems such as eroded soil around the foundation, splashed dirt on the siding of your home or leaks into the basement.
Getting the job done: You have plenty of options for cleaning your gutters and they come in a range of prices. If you want to keep it cheap, go old school by busting out the ladder and hand cleaning the gutters. If you are looking for an upgrade, you can invest in gutter cleaning wands to get the job done quickly and install covered gutters to reduce the work you need to do next time.
Check the windows and doors
You don’t want to open your windows to invite in the spring sunshine and find mold, instead. If your windows were not properly sealed this winter, this is a real possibility. Same for your doors.
Get the job done: Start by opening all your doors and windows and cleaning the nooks and crannies. If you think you are cleaning up more than just dirt, The Family Handyman has a how-to article on getting rid of mold. Since you will be cranking the A/C come July, it would also be a good idea to get an energy audit. Many local utility companies will come do the audit for cheap and tell you if your windows and doors are leaking energy.
Clean carpets and rugs
We don’t even want to think about all the dirt and salt we track into our homes during the winter! Cleaning your carpets not only makes them look better, but also last longer.
Getting the job done: If you don’t want to hire a professional cleaner, go to your nearest hardware store and rent a carpet cleaner and buy some soap. All Parts for a Happy Home has a great article on how to use the machine to get the best clean.
Clear yard debris
Even if you were awesome enough to rake the leaves in your yard before winter started, chances are debris gathered there over the winter. Leaves and other debris can smother new growth, so to attain a great lawn and garden you need to do some clean up.
Getting the job done: This is a pretty straightforward task to get done. Just pick up sticks, pull weeds and rake leaves. The hardware or garden store probably has some tools to get this job done even faster – or you can pay the your kids to pick up sticks for you!
Whether or not you are preparing to sell, home improvement is important. Like with health, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to home maintenance.