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February 25, 2015 by Jon in February, Invest with 0 Comments

Warmer weather is just around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning and home improvements. You may have various reasons to want to do some home improvement. Maybe you want to sell your house and increase its value. Maybe its in need of repair. Maybe it’s just time to remodel.

First of all, simply cleaning and de-cluttering the house goes a long way. It makes the place feel open and can actually have a positive effect on your mood. If you rent, and are limited in the degree of DIY projects, start with deep cleaning inside, moving the furniture around, and cleaning the windows. If you own your home, think about doing a power wash on the driveway, patio, and exterior of the house as well.

One of the best parts of spring is seeing everything transform from dead-brown-gray to alive-vibrant-green. Doing some easy landscaping is a great way to increase your home’s value. It starts with a nice lawn, so break out the mower, pull up the weeds, and make sure the sprinkler system is still in working order. Then add some color with your favorite flowers, or plant some tasty herbs. Here are some cool flower box tutorials, just click on the picture to see how to make it.

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Next, you can update your fixtures. This means faucets, cabinet door handles, door knobs (especially the front door), house numbers, welcome mat, light switch and outlet plates, and even your lights (ceiling lights, fans, porch lights, etc.). As a renter, it can be tricky to make these kinds of changes. As an owner, swapping out your fixtures is quick, easy, and has a lot of impact. However, a word of caution, remember to measure everything before you go out and buy anything. Also, if you’re not careful, things in this category can get expensive, so set a budget and stick to it!

color_wheel_small_mePaint goes a long way in changing the feel of your house. Don’t be afraid of color: a good rule of thumb is to pick three colors that work well together. The dominant color should occupy about 60% of the room, the secondary color should cover 30%, and the accent color should add pops to the last 10%. Click the color wheel to learn more. And while we’re talking about paint, let’s talk about wood stain too. Sanding and staining your cabinets or your kitchen table and chairs can be hard, but rewarding, work.

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If you’re feeling really brave, you could re-tile the kitchen or bathroom floors. You could also redo the shower or your kitchen back splash. Check out these videos for the best tips and tricks:

    

The following projects make a huge impact on your home’s value and they are definitely worth the investment, but it would be wise to leave them to the experts: foundation repair, plumbing, insulation, electric, exterior painting, natural gas, heating and air conditioning systems, extreme landscaping, and laying carpet. It is extremely easy to cause damage to your home and yourself if you’re not careful while doing these types of projects, so just leave it to the experts.

So tell me, what kind of project do you plan to do to your home this spring? Share your before/during/after pictures!

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