After the winter snow has melted, and the days are getting warmer, this is the time of year we start thinking about home and yard renovations, and sprucing up the place with some new decor. Here are some things ideas to give your home and yard a “facelift.”

Outside the Home-

Yard- If you have patches of dead grass, or areas in the yard that could use a little extra something extra, think about throwing some grass seed down to try and fill in the spots, or buy plants or shrubs that will grow well in that area; a garden to grow veggies might even be a great option! If you are just not sure where to start, or don’t have an eye for that stuff, call a local landscaper, they can come out and evaluate the yard, give suggestions and even get the supplies, and install for you.

BBQ Area- With the stay at home and social distancing orders all last summer due to COVID, there was a lot less going on, and BBQing with friends and family probably wasn’t an option. This year may be looking quite a bit different for many, and renovating the BBQ area is a great place to start. You can go as far as designing, or hiring someone to help design, a whole kitchen area with counters, mini fridge, sink and BBQ, or just think about giving your current BBQ area a lift by: getting new BBQ if yours is old, replace patio furniture, or just the cushions if the old ones are faded and old, and add some potted plants, or hanging lights for relaxing summer evenings by the grill with loved ones.

Maintenance- Now is a good time to get yearly maintenance done on things, like: sprinkler systems, AC units/ furnaces/ ventilation systems, have the house painted, and don’t forget about the car- there’s nothing worse than having the AC go out, or having your car break down in the middle of the summer.

Windows- Having your windows washed by professionals is something you didn’t even know you needed, until you have it done! Having the buildup of dust, pollen, and melted snow on the windows over the years washed away can make it feel like you got new windows throughout the whole home.

Deck- Our hot, sunny summers, and cold, snowy winters can do serious damage to a deck in as little as one year, so think about giving the deck a makeover. It may be that nails need to be re-hammered, or boards need to be replaced, but your deck may just need a good pressure wash, followed by a nice stain. Whether you are having someone do it for you, or doing it yourself, look at stains or paints that are good for extreme weather and climates.

Inside the Home-

New Furniture- Often times we sit on the same couches and chairs for so many years, we don’t realize how dingy they have become. If the frames of the furniture are still solid and in good shape, think about getting them refurbished, instead of just tossing out and replacing. If it’s just time for new furniture, see if you can donate the old furniture, and bring in some new stuff. If you are really wanting a change, think about looking at styles and colors you wouldn’t normally go for. Get online, or jump on Pinterest for inspiration for every room of the house, this is a great way to come out of your comfort zone and try new things when it comes to home decorating.

Houseplants- If your house just needs a little extra something, think about getting some houseplants. Many people feel like they haven’t got the green thumb, and are intimidated by them, but there are plants can are super low maintenance, and with something as small as just a consistent water schedule, your plants can thrive and brighten up any room. You can do research about plants, but your best option is going to your local plant shop and getting advise from the experts. They usually have pots and any other plant accessories that would work well for the plant and place in your home it will go.

Paint- If you have been thinking about painting a room or two something fun, maybe even a great seasonal color, why not go for it?! If all else fails, you can always paint over it and forget it ever happened, right? This can make such a huge difference that when people walk in, they might feel like they are in a totally new house. Another fun option is wallpaper. With so many different brands and designs, you are destined to find something that fits the room, and your personality to a T.

Floors- After snow has been tracked in all winter and the floors in our homes taking a beating, they may need a freshening up. It may be that the carpets just need a good cleaning by professionals, or the hard wood needs a good sanding and stain. If they are just old and too damaged, they probably need to be replaced all together. If you have always had carpet in a certain room, and it gets dirty too quickly, think about doing vinyl, “hardwood” planks. They are easy to install, look like real wood, and clean up is easier than carpet.

Rearrange- If you are not really needing any new furniture, or paint jobs, sometimes a room just need to be rearranged. Look at the space ahead of time to get an idea of the space you have to work with, and get moving. Keep in mind things like: glare of TV from a window, walk ways to get in and out of room, and if you have houseplants, how they will still get the sun light they need to survive.

We hope this has given you some good ideas to freshen up the home and yard for a great spring and summer to come!
The Jones Group @ Sunriver Realty

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