Believe it or not, spring is upon us. Though you could hardly tell from the cloudy, cold weather we’ve had lately, we’ll soon be finding every reason to find ourselves outdoors. Spring has always been one of our favorite times of the year. More than the promise of warmer weather and blooming Dogwood trees, spring is the season of starting fresh. Now’s the perfect time to let the inside of your home reflect the vitality and vigor of what’s happening outdoors. Here are three simple home improvement ideas that can add value to your home this spring.
Update kitchen appliances and hardware
Injecting new life into your kitchen doesn’t mean breaking the bank. While you’re deep cleaning and organizing, take a look at your countertop appliances. Chances are, you’ve got a mixture of brands and colors that showcase splatters of pasta sauce or ten shades of coffee stains. It’s time to donate these relics and start fresh.
When you’re choosing new countertop appliances, decide if you want them to blend in or accent your current style with bold colors or designs. If you’re going for a cohesive look, find the same finish that your range, refrigerator and dishwasher have. Purchasing the same brands can give the impression of an upscale chef’s kitchen. If you want to add interest, go with a bold color like red for your countertop appliances. This is a great way to incorporate the fun side of your personality to the space.
Don’t stop at the appliances, switching out cabinet hardware is the next step in bringing your kitchen up to date. What style is your kitchen? If it’s traditional, knobs made of wood, bronze or brass may be the way to go. Pulls and bars made of nickel or stainless steel are the choice for making the space feel sleek and modern. You’ll want to make these decisions before you visit your local home improvement store, as the expansive wall of options can be overwhelming.
Don’t forget the flooring
The flooring inside our homes takes a beating. From spilled drinks and muddy sneakers to heavy furniture and constant traffic, we often don’t think about how worn and dated our flooring has become because we’re too busy walking on it!
These days, there is a flooring option for every style and budget. Linoleum, tile and vinyl are great options for value-seekers, as they are very durable and come in a wide range of styles. If you’re looking for eco-friendly options, consider bamboo and cork, which give plenty of durability and still offer warmth and character.
One of our favorite low-cost, low-maintenance flooring options is concrete. This isn’t the rough, gray sidewalk you may be thinking of. Concrete flooring is durable, sleek and very easy to maintain. In addition to being able to be dyed to any color, concrete can also be stamped to mimic the look of tile, stone or even brick.
We’re not just talking houseplants, although there are plenty of benefits there, too. In this case, going green means going energy efficient. When it comes to adding comfort and value, some of the most important details may go unnoticed, like properly sealing your windows and doors and insulating your walls, attic and over your floor joists. According Energy Star, if you add up the amount of energy lost from poor insulation, air leaks and gaps throughout your home, it would be like leaving a window open year-round.
Once your home is sealed and insulated properly, focus on the efficiency of warming and cooling your home. Hire a professional to check your AC unit at least once a year. Over time, dust and dirt collect around condensing coils and the air filter, affecting its ability to adequately cool your home and maintain clean air.
If you want to give your hard-working AC system a break, consider replacing old ceiling fans. With minimal expense, those creaky fans can be replaced with newer, stronger models that increase air flow throughout your home.
If you’re switching out the countertop appliances as mentioned earlier, it’s a good time to look at your large ones, too. Does your refrigerator date back to a time when television was limited to 4 channels? Now’s a great time to make the switch to more energy efficient options, and the great news is that the most efficient aren’t always the most costly.
With all of those tips in mind, don’t be bogged down with home improvement tasks that will keep you from making the most of this season. Our team of professionals at with Turner Concierge can tackle them all and even get you on a monthly maintenance plan so you’re covered all throughout the year. Contact us today to learn more about our professional home maintenance program!