Great Home Improvement Ideas For The Start Of The Year

Now that the bad weather is coming to an end, it’s time to start work on all those DIY projects that you were putting off during the cold weather. Whether you’re thinking of a full home make-over, or simply want to fix up a few things around the house, it pays to start early in the year.  Here are a few home improvement project ideas to help you get started.

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Spring Cleaning

Why not take advantage of the milder weather towards the end of the winter, and do all of those jobs that you can’t do in the winter because of the snow, and hate doing in the sweltering summer heat?

This time of year is the perfect time to clean up your UPVC windows and hose down your driveway. If you have any lawn furniture stowed in your garage, take a good look at it to make sure it is clean and in good condition.  If you decide some of it is looking battered and needs replacing, start shopping around, you may be able to grab some out-of-season deals.

De-Clutter Time

Do you remember throwing all those boxes in the conservatory while you were “tidying up” ready to entertain people over Christmas? It’s always sad to see conservatories become a second garage or spare room. You may not be using your conservatory today, but you will want to be able to relax in there during the summer.   Start hunting through all that stuff and preparing boxes of things to throw out, sell and give away. Be ruthless, and you’ll have a clutter free, ready to use conservatory in no time.

Tackle Important Repairs

If your roof suffered damage thanks to the high winds and heavy snowfall of last month, take advantage of the first break in the weather to get it repaired. If you wait too long, minor damage can turn into a far more serious problem. The spring is also a good time to repair (or install) air conditioning in preparation for the summer.

Painting and Decorating

Spring is a good time to do painting and decorating tasks.  The cooler weather makes working much more comfortable, and since you’ve just finished doing a big spring-clean you’ll have plenty of space to work.

Be sure to open a door or window while you’re working.  The weather may still be a little chilly, but it’s important to keep the room well-ventilated while you’re painting.

Garden Preparations

If you want your garden to look gorgeous this summer, it pays to start work early in the year. Sadly, the early tasks are the toughest ones.  Now is a good time to start clearing drainage ditches, fixing your trellises and fences, trimming your hedges and weeding your flower beds.

If your lawn is looking a little thin and bare, rake over the bare spots and then fill a bucket with soil and seeds, then spread it over the bare spot. Water this area of the lawn regularly until the new grass has established itself.

Vegetables such as  spinach, peas and leeks can be planted in the spring.

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This article was written by Crispin Jones on behalf of Stormclad, retailers of UPVC windows and conservatories. Take a look at their website for more information on both UPVC windows and conservatories.

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