Home Updates You Can Make for Spring 2022
March 11, 2022
in collaboration with Simply Local Magazine
With winter finally coming to an end, it’s time to get excited about the warm weather that’s just around the corner. Updating the outdoor areas of your home can help you make the most of the spring and summer seasons! The tips in this article will help you make informed decisions about how to upgrade your home this spring.
Revamp Your Outdoor Entertaining Space
Having an outdoor entertaining space is a great way to get more use out of your backyard, but this can definitely be a more costly project. Adding some new patio furniture might do the trick, but if you’re looking to really maximize your space, investing in a fire pit or even an outdoor kitchen setup might be the route for you.
Depending on what you’d use it for, outdoor kitchens can be configured in many different ways. Outdoor kitchens can have plumbing added if you wish to include a sink, beverage cooler, or ice maker. Another addition to your outdoor kitchen setup is to include some unique appliances and equipment for cooking. If you consider yourself a “foodie,” items like a Blackstone griddle or a smoker might be of interest to you to explore new ways of cooking and entertaining guests.
Being able to host your friends and family for holidays, birthdays, and neighborhood barbecues will make the high price tag of the renovations worth it. If these upgrades are something you don’t want to wait on, you should consider taking out a home equity loan to help cover some of the costs. This will allow you to take the money from your home’s equity and use it to cover some of the costs associated with the renovations. This is a great option because the renovations you make will end up adding value to your home in the long run. Creating a relaxing and functional backyard fit for entertaining can drastically increase the value of your home, as well as help you get more use out of your space.
Create the Ultimate Play Area for Kids
Entertaining adults with a beautiful outdoor kitchen and fire pit area is great, but making sure your kids are entertained in your backyard is important too. A swing set or playground is sure to be endless amounts of fun for your kids and serves as the perfect place for them to spend time with siblings or friends. Having a space in your backyard for kids to play is also going to give you more opportunities to host get-togethers with neighbors, as they’ll be able to come with their families. This allows your kids to play with friends, plus you get that much-needed time with other adults.
A swing set is great and all, but as a parent, you might want to spend your money on something you’ll be able to use as well. A swimming pool might be what you’re looking for if this is the case. Whether you choose an in-ground or above-ground pool, your kids are sure to enjoy spending their summers swimming! In-ground pools with extravagant diving boards and waterslides are beautiful, but not always budget-friendly. Above-ground pools are a great alternative at a fraction of the cost. An above-ground pool might be the best option for your family if your home already has an elevated deck, as this can create a unique space and have your pool area flow into your backyard entertaining space.
Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Backyard updates are useful and can add value to your home, but the front of your house is just as important. Adding some extra details to your home can give it a luxury feel without breaking the bank. A big update you can make to the front of your home is improving your landscaping. Adding some new landscape beds in your front yard or some flowers along the exterior walls of your home can really brighten up the space. If you struggle with keeping your landscaping and grass alive and healthy, you may want to consider installing an irrigation system.
Upgrading the physical appearance of your house is also a great way to add to your curb appeal and increase the value of your home. Whether it’s swapping out your exterior lighting for something more modern or choosing a new color for your front door, even the smallest changes can drastically change the look and feel of your home’s exterior.
Whether you're choosing to make incremental changes to your home or go through a major renovation, it’s important to weigh all the pros and cons of whichever project you choose. Getting your home ready for the spring and summer ahead of time will help you make the most of entertaining this season!