Spring Fever? Cure it With These Home Improvements


Spring is finally in the air, and if you’re like us, you’re looking forward to some Georgia sunshine.

After a long winter cooped up indoors, spring is the perfect time to start re-imagining your home and making upgrades that create a fresh, welcoming vibe. We’ve found some project ideas that can help breathe new life into your home as we welcome a new season.

Air it out
Months of closed windows and doors can make any room feel dusty and stale. As soon as temperatures allow, open some windows and let the fresh air chase away the remnants of winter. Now is also a perfect time to launder window treatments, clean area rugs, and generally spruce up home surfaces. If your budget allows, consider new rugs. Not only is changing out textiles an easy and affordable way to create a new look, the Mayo Clinic says that clean rugs and window treatments are one way to reduce allergens in a room.

Shift your outlook
Most people focus on the floor, walls, and furnishings of a room when considering décor. However, the ceiling of a room can make a bold statement. Velux, a maker of skylights and blinds, calls the ceiling the “fifth wall,” and ceiling lighting, including skylights, can increase the natural light in a space. Sometimes these improvements are eligible for a tax credit, making them even more attractive to homeowners looking for a change.

Paint to perfection
Over time, once cheerful walls can grow dull. Create a livelier ambiance with a fresh coat of paint, either in the same shade or something completely new. If you’re not sure exactly where to start, tackle the project room by room. To choose the right hue, select a favorite item in the room, such as an heirloom throw blanket or a piece of wall art, and consider color shades that complement the item well. Don’t forget to consider lighting as you choose colors though. Check out our blog post on energy-efficient lighting for tips.

Make what’s old new again
Sometimes a fresh perspective is as simple as rearranging a room to better fit your needs. Over time, the furnishings can become almost an afterthought because they’ve been in place so long. Try moving things around to create new conversation groupings or to highlight a piece that has been tucked away in the shadows. An updated arrangement may inspire to you add and embellish with some simple new accessories or accent pieces for a room that only looks brand new. Of course, a new finish on an old piece can add pizzazz, too. Check out Pinterest or DIY sites for tips on refinishing old furniture.

Get earth smart
With all of the new growth and hues of green that abound during spring, it’s natural to be more mindful of the environment. Earth-friendly upgrades like switching out inefficient lighting or installing low-flow toilets and showerheads can make a big difference in your long-term energy bills. Another option for energy conservation: Look for ways to maximize natural light for heat and to brighten rooms. Well-placed windows and skylights can harness energy naturally, so you can minimize your reliance on electricity for comfort and convenience.

At Duffey Realty, we know your home is your No. 1 investment. When you are in the market to buy or sell a home, please contact one of our Duffey Realty REALTORs. Let us show you how “The Company with the Personal Touch” can help you.

Sources:
Family Features
MayoClinic.org
WhySkyLights.com