What are you doing this weekend? If you’re looking for something to do, then try one of these ten home improvement projects that can be finished in a day or two. You’ll end up with a more excellent place to live and may even save money by doing the work yourself.
1) Clean your gutters
Investing some time into cleaning out your gutters will help them function more efficiently. It can stop minor water damage to the exterior of your house and also lessen the risk of flooding inside. It’s important because it improves their performance and keeps them from becoming clogged with debris like leaves and twigs leading to more significant problems down the line.
2) Repair leaky faucets
Leaky faucets can be a significant annoyance. They cause water damage and waste money as the affected areas need to be dried out and then painted repeatedly. This isn’t fun for anyone. Fixing them is also easy because you have to replace some washers inside your faucet assembly.
3) Repair loose or squeaky floors
If you have floorboards that are beginning to warp, then they may be starting to get a little too flexible. A good way of checking if the boards need replacing is by placing one foot on your step and giving it a firm push. If there’s an unmistakable sinking feeling, then it might be time to replace them.
4) Paint your front door
Paint is a relatively inexpensive way of sprucing up the outside appearance of your house, especially if you paint the front door. We might be concerned about the barn door lock set, but the color of a door is important to consider also. If you’re not sure what color to choose, then consider getting some samples and testing them out on different sections of your home’s exterior. You can also add some welcome mats or other decorations for extra pizzazz.
5) Repair or replace your garage door
Your garage is one of the essential parts of your home because it’s used several times every day. If you live in an area with lots of snow, then a broken-down garage can be even more problematic than usual during winter. Make sure to take care of any problems with yours as soon as you can.
6) Clean your AC coils
If you’re still using an older air conditioner model, then it might be time to upgrade. The modern ones are much more efficient and typically have filters that help keep the unit clean to work its magic efficiently. You can also do some essential maintenance on yours by cleaning out any dirt or grime which may affect performance. If there is too much build-up (like if they haven’t been cleaned in several years), then make sure not to attempt this yourself because damage could occur due to incorrect use of pressure washers or other tools.
7) Clean your dryer vent
Dryers can cause a lot of fires, and the vents that make them work need to be free from lint to function correctly. Lint builds up quickly when you use fabric softener sheets, so try using vinegar instead. It’s also important to check the hose that makes it out of your house, too, because if this is clogged, then you could be looking at a ridiculously high energy bill.
8) Clean your furnace filter
Keeping the air in your house clean is very important for health reasons. Even if you’re not asthmatic, having dust build up on your filters could still cause problems with breathing. It’s also a good idea to have this done regularly because it can help boost energy efficiency. The process of changing them out isn’t too complicated either. Don’t be intimidated by the task at hand.
9) Organize your garage
If you’re anything like me, then the inside of your garage is probably filled with junk that’s just waiting to be thrown out. Make time this weekend to go through it and set aside items that could benefit from a new home in one of your other rooms. This will help make things easier when trying to work around the house.
10) Plant spring flowers
If you have a front yard or any other outdoor space, this is the perfect time to plan out which plants and trees will look best. You can also pick up some new ones at your local nursery if gaps need filling. This weekend would be a good opportunity for getting those tasks done as well because it’s not too hot outside yet, so planting won’t be too difficult.
11) Clean your oven
Ovens can be a real pain to clean, but if you make time for it, then this task could save you from being in an even bigger one. Whether or not yours is gas-powered, the best way to clean out food residue is by using baking soda and water with some elbow grease thrown into the mix. If there are still stubborn stains after multiple attempts at scrubbing them off, then try using some steel wool instead of causing damage to your appliance’s surface.
12) Pick up trash around your house
If you have kids or pets running amok inside of your home while playing all day long, they’re bound to leave their mark on things like toys that haven’t been put away. It’s also a good idea to pick up any trash you may see lying around like wrappers and food containers because this can attract pests like ants, roaches, and rodents which could cause further problems with your home.
We all want to relax on a weekend after a busy week, but if you try some of these ideas, your home can be a cleaner and safer place. Just do one small thing a week and soon it will all be done.