Now that spring is here, you’re probably ready to tackle some upgrades around the house to make your living spaces more comfortable and boost your property value. Consider doing some of these budget-friendly projects for spring home improvement.
An Inexpensive Boost for Your Entryway
You may not be entertaining just yet, but as soon as you’re ready to have friends or family over, you can welcome them with a bright and attractive entryway. Paint your front door a bold new color. Choose a shade that complements the style of your home. Add a few potted plants and purchase a new welcome mat for the front porch. For less than $80 you can make your home feel more friendly and inviting.
Remove the Popcorn Ceiling for Spring Home Improvement
Nothing dates a home quite like a popcorn ceiling. This was trendy in the 1970s but is not a desirable feature today. You won’t spend much to accomplish this task because you probably already have the supplies on hand. However, make certain to test the ceiling first. Some popcorn ceilings contain asbestos. If this is the case, hire a professional for removal.
If your ceiling does not have asbestos, you can remove the popcorn ceiling on your own. You only need a few tools: a sprayer, a putty knife, drop cloths, ladder, safety goggles, and a dust mask. Dampen small areas of the ceiling and scrape the popcorn texture away. After you’ve removed it, sand and apply a fresh coat of paint for a smooth new ceiling.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
This is a simple and inexpensive project that can reduce your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat allows you to set different indoor temperatures for day and night. You’ll be comfortable, no matter what time of day it is, and your home will be more efficient. Plus, this project can be accomplished for less than $80, depending on the thermostat you select.
Spring Home Improvement: Add Under-Cabinet Lighting
Illuminate your kitchen workspaces with better lighting. For around $30, you can install LED puck lights beneath each cabinet. However, you have other options as well. Rope lighting can be added, using insulated clips. It’s easy to install stick-on light bars, too. Most are battery-powered and cost between $12 – $20 each.
Upgrade Your Mailbox
For less than $50, the average cost of a quart of paint and some new numbers, you can quickly and inexpensively give your mailbox a boost. Clean the mailbox well and paint it inside and out. Use adhesive numbers, or if you have a steady hand, paint the numbers directly onto the box. If you have a bigger budget, create a small flower bed around the base of the mailbox. Add colorful blooms or green foliage to make your property feel more welcoming.