Don’t you just love Easter?
We all look forward to this date: the fantastic four-day weekend that gives us a much needed chance to get some R&R, spend time with family and enjoy the spring sunshine. That said, having a few free days can also provide the ideal opportunity to finally get down to jobs around the home.
Of course, home care shouldn’t take up your entire bank holiday weekend. Luckily, there are plenty of household tasks which can be sorted in no time at all. Failing that, you could always hire a local trade professional to do the jobs while you enjoy your time off.
Whether you have a list of tasks which you have been ‘meaning to get around to’ or a few jobs that you simply dread doing, this Easter weekend will be the perfect time to finally get them done. Here are some of the best home improvement ideas for your Easter bank holiday weekend!
Redecorating a room is the perfect way to give it a new lease of life. While you are usually advised to give rooms a new coat of paint every two to five years, there are several other ways to perk up your decor. You could decide to reinvent the space with a wallpaper statement wall or by painting the ceiling. New accessories can also add colour, character and warmth to a room with minimal effort, as can a statement light or a dimmer switch. You may even decide to add a few low-maintenance house plants, which aside from bringing colour inside can also help to lower your stress.
While redecorating a room is a great way to brighten up the space or reinvent it for a new family member, it can also be a profitable way to prepare for selling or renting out your property. If your rooms look their best, they will be far more likely to get people interested in your home!
We all like being able to enjoy our gardens, but months of cold weather can lead us to neglect them. Even if you just have an hour free this Easter, you could brighten up your garden considerably with a couple of maintenance tasks such as weeding, mowing your lawn, cutting back ivy or cleaning your patio. Besides, a nice clean garden makes finding Easter eggs much more fun!
If you have any space free, you could also think about installing new garden features. Do you have room for your own brick BBQ? How about a water feature or a sunken trampoline? Try to think about how you will be using your garden over the summer, then ask what features could make the experience even better.
One job that a lot of people tend to put off in their gardens is treating wood products such as decking, furniture, fencing or sheds. This is an important part of protecting these structures from weathering and disease. Be sure to look around for different wood stain colours - you could find the perfect tone to reinvent your garden!
As much as we wouldn’t like to admit it, first impressions can count for a lot, especially when it comes to a home. A well-kept front can make a property stand out on a street and instantly impress buyers and renters. In contrast, a flaking front door and a messy front garden could give people very poor ideas about the state of a home’s interior, swiftly putting them off.
Luckily, reinventing and refreshing the front of your home is fairly simple. If you do not want to fully replace your door, why not give it a fresh coat of paint, a new handle or a shiny house number?
Try to keep the style and character of your home in mind when making your decisions. Ideally, if you have a particularly modern, rural, period or similarly styled property, your choices for the front will play off this rather than clash with it.
Every so often it’s great to put something together with your own two hands. Flat pack furniture has come a long way since the days of unclear instructions and missing pieces (at least in theory). With all the necessary tools usually coming packaged with the parts, putting together a piece of flat-pack furniture can be a great way to spend an afternoon.
You can take the time to paint your new furniture if you want something more unique, but if you really want to impress your friends then you could also consider an upcycling project. While it can take time to get the perfect idea together, the end results can be highly impressive.
Of course, if you have a lot of old furniture which you no longer need, Easter can also be an excellent time to sell, donate or freecycle it. Removing unnecessary clutter from your home is never a bad idea, especially if you are short on storage space or simply want to enjoy a more open ambience.
There are plenty of jobs that are often left undone, such as cleaning tile grout, unclogging gutters or checking the seals around baths and sinks. Unfortunately, not doing these jobs can create potentially expensive problems down the line. Re-sealing might sound annoying, but I can tell you now that it won’t be as big a headache as having to shell out for a damp proof specialist!
Taking the time to do this work can also make it easier to enjoy your home. An hour spent re-organising your cupboards can give you much needed storage space, as can clearing out your freezer. Go around your home and make a list of what needs to be done, then try to find a bit of time each day of Easter to get a few tasks crossed off.
Last but not least, there is always the classic Easter weekend job… a full spring clean!
Philip is always on the lookout for properties that inspire. He knows how frustrating home improvements and maintenance can be, which is why he covers everything from loft conversions to radiator repair! Phil’s main interest is in modern properties, with a particular soft spot for skyscrapers.