Spring is a time of new beginnings. It’s also a time where the weather is fairly unpredictable, and one week can pour down rain while the next can bring sunshine and mild warmth. For this reason, it’s a good idea to get home projects done before spring begins.
While you can’t tackle just any home project right now, there are some that are perfect for the cold, wet months leading up to spring. Here are a few good places to start.
Remodeling your bathroom is the perfect late winter project. You’ll get to avoid the harsh winter weather because all the work you have to do is inside, and bathrooms are generally a pretty small project. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy your new bathroom during the spring, giving a part of your home a fresh new feeling.
So what should you do for a bathroom remodel? You can look for a great new vanity, lay down new tile on the floor, and redo your shower or bath with a fancy new tile. Small touches like new rugs, fixtures, and other accessories can also be a big help when you’re overhauling your bathroom.
Install Laminate Flooring
Indoor projects are your best friend when you’re remodeling before spring. You need projects which are impervious to the weather, which is why installing new flooring is a great project to take on as spring rolls around.
The best part is, installing new flooring has been made much easier with all the great laminate flooring options available. A locking laminate floor requires no glue or other special installation; simply slide the planks together until they lock into place and you’re good to go. Another great part about installing flooring is the fact that it’s an easy way to completely transform the look of a room without investing too much time or money.
Revamp Your Cabinets
If you want to give your kitchen a completely new look without putting in too much work, redoing your cabinets is the perfect project. You don’t even have to install brand-new cabinets. Simply staining your cabinets is a relatively cheap and easy task that will still give them and your kitchen an entirely new look.
All you’ll need to do is sand your cabinets a bit, then use a varnish/stain combination to give your cabinets their new color. Of course, replacing them can never hurt either, if you’re up to the task.
Change Your Furnace Filter
HVAC maintenance is neglected all too often, but it’s a crucial part of making sure your energy bills are reasonable and your indoor air quality is good. Plus, many HVAC maintenance tasks are easy enough that you can take care of them on your own. This is especially true of changing your furnace filter, which simply involves removing the old filter from behind a vent register and replacing it with a new one.
If you want to improve the indoor air quality in your home, you may also want to consider upgrading to a higher MERV air filter. MERV ratings determine how small the particles trapped by the filter are. A MERV rating of at least 4 is essential, while a MERV of 12 will give you optimal indoor air quality for a residential home.
It’s never a bad time to add a little bit of green to your home. Go green by planting a few plants, adding aerators and low-flow fixtures to conserve water, and fixing leaks around the house. This will save you money while saving the planet, so it’s a win-win.