Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to start refreshing our homes with a deep clean and tackling those DIY projects that have fallen by the wayside. But diving into a project isn’t the hard part, it’s choosing which home improvement projects to start. From protecting your home to making it a bit smarter, here are four DIY projects to help turn your spring into a success.
Update your security system
If you do nothing else this spring, prioritize getting your home security setup to safeguard it from burglary and vandalism. According to reporting from the National Council for Home Safety and Security, burglars are most attracted to homes that don’t have home security systems, yet only 17 percent of houses actually have a system in place.
Home security systems don’t have to be expensive or difficult to set up. Homeowners can get the get the best home security cameras installed and running easily on their own. You can monitor your home whether at the office or out of town just by using your smartphone.
Install a new shower head
Installing a shower head is a simple home upgrade that doesn’t cost much time or money and can make a big impact on your day. Source a stylish showerhead, whether faux antique or ultra modern, at your local home goods store or from an online retailer. Showerheads should both conserve water and boast fun add-ons, like pulsating options to enhance your shower. And if you have children or seniors living at home, This Old House recommends an anti-scald option to protect vulnerable family members at home.
Create an accent wall
Accent walls come in all shapes and sizes, and easily transform your home’s style. One place to start is by choosing a bold paint like cobalt blue or matte black and painting a single wall in your living room or bedroom. Finish your look by adding your favorite artwork or an ornately framed mirror. You can also consider using temporary wallpaper to change up the look of your room on an ongoing basis by investing with a semi-permanent look. Another option is to use a cork board or chalkboard paint and turn a small wall in your kitchen into an accent area with travel photographs, artwork, and mementos to draw attention to your personal life.
Make your home smarter
Smart home upgrades are on the rise but don’t need to cost a fortune. Start small with an ecobee4 smart thermostat that controls not just the temperature, but the climate of your home from room to room. A smart home speaker is also a fun way to connect all of your devices. The Amazon Echo Show can adjust your thermostat, dim your lights and keep your home running smoothly.
Getting up and running is the hard part of tackling a home improvement project, so start with the projects that make the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time. Whether you need an enhanced security system or want a smarter home, you can transform your house in just a few hours without breaking the bank.