Photo Source: forbes.com

Photo Source: forbes.com

Repave your driveway. This is less of a DIY project because you will need machinery to first level out or remove the existing asphalt. Following this, you will need a foundation base and then finally a topcoat of asphalt, concrete or brick. However, your driveway takes quite a beating over the winter months, between snow, mud, salt and tire ruts, so repaving might be a worthy investment to get your home looking Spring ready. Also, Spring is a good time to do repave your driveway because asphalt actually needs the right factors of temperature and moisture to set properly. 

Redoing the deck. Spring means it’s almost Summer, and Summer means patio parties, barbecuing, and perhaps sunning in the yard. So why not renovate the deck which is usually a high traffic area in the home over the summer months. If you’re not looking to replace your deck entirely, sand and repaint it – it’ll look just like new.

Landscaping. Line your walkway or the driveway to your home with flowering plants for instant gratification, or shrubbery around the perimeter of your backyard to give it a cool, secluded vibe. Be cognizant when you’re choosing plants and make sure they’re appropriate for how much sun and shade different parts of your lawn receive during the day. If you’re not planning on selling your home anytime soon, why not plant seeds instead, and enjoy the gratification of seeing them grow over time. Consider replacing some of your grass with bark mulch if you’re looking to mow less during the summer.

Re-seal your doors and windows. Springtime is the perfect time to replace the seal on your doors and windows, as the caulking can crack and shrink during the colder months. An added bonus: properly sealed windows and doors will keep the cool air in during the summer months, saving you money!

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto.

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