Shake off the winter blues and get ready for nicer weather with home improvement projects. Whether it’s a little tidying up, or a full-on home repair, now is the perfect time to get some work done. And here are some helpful tips to get you started.

A Perfect Patio

With nice weather on the horizon, now is the perfect time to update your deck or patio. While you were inside warm all winter, your patio was getting a beating from the harsh weather. If you have items, such as a bench, table or planters, that have seen better days, consider spray paint as the ideal choice to add new life to these patio favourites. To be sure that you achieve professional-looking and lasting results, choose a quality product. Popular for this reason is Krylon’s DualPaint and Primer. The ‘dual’ feature allows you to prime and paint in one single step – to save you time and ensure a beautiful finish that will last.

Roof Remedies

Although we rarely look up at our roofs and gutters, be sure to give them some attention after the winter. Wind and weather of the colder months can wreak havoc on these overhead areas – and no one wants to spend their summer dealing with inside water damage or worse – mold. Stop the drama before it starts by inspecting the roof and gutters and looking for damage such as holes, loose shingles or leaks.

A Cool Breeze

Don’t wait until it gets too hot – be sure to check your air conditioning as soon as possible to ensure that it’s still running smoothly. Your air conditioner is important because it not only keeps your home cool, it also dehumidifies your house and keeps mold from developing inside the walls.

First, check the filters and replace them if they appear dirty, since a dirty filter can cause damage to your air conditioner by making it work harder than necessary. Turn your air conditioner on for a test run; once it has been running for a while, check the refrigerant levels by feeling the pipe connected to your A/C unit. It should feel cool to the touch– if it doesn’t you may be low on refrigerant and will want to refill before the long, hot days of summer.

Make the Inside Sparkle

Outside projects shouldn’t get all your attention. As you move inside, start off with small cleaning projects so you don’t get overwhelmed. Scrubbing your bathroom, vacuuming your carpets and dusting every inch of the house can take some time – which most of us don’t have. Simple tasks such as cleaning one room a day, clearing off cluttered countertops as you walk into the kitchen, creating an organizing system and donating unused products to charity can get your house ready in no time.

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