The 6 best home improvement projects for this spring

Spring is here – and that often gives homeowners the urge to roll up their sleeves and start some DIY projects around the house. But where to start?

To get the process started, we asked some home improvement experts what are the best home improvement projects for spring. Some are worth the time and effort because they’ll set you up for those lazy, hazy summer days. Other upgrades are wise as you prepare to sell your home during this busy home buying season.

Whether you’re hoping to improve your curb appeal or simply enjoy your abode more, now that warm weather is on the way, consider this list of the best spring makeover projects to try right now.

1. Color your deck


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As the weather warms up and the sun comes out, you will almost certainly want to spend a lot more time outside. And a beautiful patio can transform your outdoor space, providing the perfect place to watch your kids and pets play in the backyard while you sling burgers for your friends.

If your deck is looking a little shabby, an easy fix is ​​to dye it – to either change the color or just accentuate the wood grain. Coloring is also good for your deck.

Craig Martin of SPIRE Architecture in Annapolis, MD even recommends staining or sealing your patio once a year. Here’s more on how to dye a deck.

How ambitious are you? If you don’t already have a patio to lounge on, building one can also be a great spring home improvement project. Although it can be expensive, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, a new deck will give you a 69% return on investment if you decide to sell.

2. Add a new railing to your porch

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If your porch is looking a little dull or drab, a new railing can make a world of difference. You can add a classic wood-colored railing to your home for a natural feel, use colored railing to add a touch of visual interest to your home, or go a little crazy with a Chippendale railing (a hot trend on HGTV).

“Designing a well-curated porch not only enhances your home, but also creates another opportunity for [you] to increase your living space,” he says Dawn T Totty, a designer from Chattanooga, TN. “Think of it as your outdoor living room.”

3. Install a new mailbox

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looking for one easy Update? A new mailbox – or a new look for an old mailbox – can add a delightful character to your front yard.

Consider giving your mailbox a new color or planting flowers around the base. Or maybe you want a smart mailbox that protects your deliveries. Whatever your reason, a new or refreshed inbox can increase your appeal where first impressions really count! Learn more about installing a mailbox here.

4. Build a fire pit


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A fire pit adds a cozy ambiance and will surely be a highlight of a weekend gathering when you break out those marshmallows.

The best? You can even make your fire pit a DIY project.

Choose the right spot for your fire pit: a flat spot in your yard, with no nearby low-hanging trees or branches. Then make sure you choose the right materials, either large rocks or curved concrete blocks. You can decide the size and shape of your pit and whether you want to fire it with gas or wood. Here’s more on how to build a fire pit.

5. Enhance your garden

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Of course, spring is a time to tend or replant that garden; but this year skip the typical tulips and daisies and try something new.

For one, you can add some edible plants—a smart way to save money and indulge in the farm-to-table dining trend. Or you build a butterfly garden, which is good for the environment. (What could be nicer than seeing butterflies flying around your garden?)

6. Update your address ad

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Spring is all about new life, so why not give your door a fresh touch with your address display?

Changing your address display too drastically can be difficult if you have a picky HOA, but for those who have the freedom to do so, updating these numbers can be a great way to personalize your entryway and brighten up your entryway.

And the best part is that there are so many different ways to do it: you can get fully involved with spring and put your address on colorful planters, put lights behind the numbers to make them easier to read at night, or look at brightly colored tiles or painted bricks. Here are some ideas for displaying addresses.

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