It paints me to tell you this

Anticipation of spring is in the air, and many homeowners are looking forward to spring projects to add some pow to their homes. 

Some home projects are handled with ease, but some are larger and may require professional help. The question is, do you need a pro or can you do it yourself?

When taking on a spring project, you really need to think about three things to do the project right: Do you have the proper tools? Do you have the time? and Can you do the project on budget?

Here are three basic projects that will add pizzazz to your home ~

Paint the front door (DIY)

Almost everything that enters and exits your home goes through the front door. Giving the entrance some TLC will make coming and going a tad more pleasurable. Painting your front door will make it look fresh and inviting when folks pull up. 

Painting the outside of your door will cover up damage and scuff marks, and make the door look new again. Head down to your local paint supplier, and tell them what you’re up to. You’ll get plenty of help and will head out with the right stuff. Consider painting the inside of the door to add a fresh and exciting accent to your home. 

Donate or recycle (mix of DIY and hiring someone)

Spring means spring cleaning, and that means out with the old. As you're cleaning and decluttering the house, figure out what you have, and decide what you actually need.

Donate or recycle unwanted electronics, housewares, and gently used clothing and shoes to charity. Several charities have pick-up services. For other items, call your local recycling program to find out what's collected and how. Getting rid of these unwanted items will make your home feel lighter, larger, and more comfortable.

If you can’t haul it all away, call in a local waste and junk removal service to make the job easy.

Carpet cleaning (hire the pros, you’ll be glad you did)

Carpets harbour dust and dirt, no matter how good your vacuum is. Carpet cleaning eliminates trapped pollutants, and with economical professional carpet cleaners, you’ll get rid of the deep down dust, dirt and particle build-up. 

Another reason to clean your carpets is to control the dust mite population. Because the mites are microscopic, you may not even know that you have an infestation. As mites cycle, they leave behind their feces and carcasses that have the potential to be airborne when disturbed during activities like vacuuming. Many professional carpet cleaning companies use steam cleaning when performing carpet maintenance work, which exposes your carpet to such high temperatures that dust mites can’t survive.

It’s time to get cracking, because soon the nice weather will arrive and you’ll be longing to be outside.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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When you need advice or guidance with DIY home improvement and repairs, Hugh Cairns can help you with the answers.

Home improvements can be rewarding, turn your home into a nicer more comfortable place to live, and increase its value.

Whether you are renovating your kitchen, converting a loft, giving a room a lick of paint or making improvements to your home’s energy efficiency, this column is here to guide you with useful information and key things to remember.

Do you have a renovation question or concern? Please feel free to send Hugh your questions. Contact him through www.subject2homeinspections.com

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