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By Melissa Green | Citizens Bank Staff
Spring is here, and it’s time to tackle the growing list of projects around your home. The changing seasons and weather can seriously impact the timing of a home improvement project. The availability of contractors and the price of materials may fluctuate throughout the year — not to mention, no one wants to dig a hole for your new fence when the ground is frozen solid.
Deciding where to start can be overwhelming, so here are five of the most popular home improvement projects you can take on this spring.
It’s not the sexiest home improvement project, but gutter maintenance is necessary — especially after a long winter, as gutters can take a beating with all the snow and ice. You want to make sure the pipes aren’t clogged and the downspouts direct the water at least five feet away from the house.
The good news is that this could be a cheap DIY home project. All you’ll need is a ladder, elbow grease, and — depending on how gross your gutters are — a strong stomach. If you opt for a professional cleaning, it typically costs $107-$197. Alternatively, you could invest in a gutter guard system which keeps debris out and water in, so you’ll spend less time on your ladder.
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By starting a deck project in early spring, you’ll be done just in time for BBQ season. A deck can be a worthwhile investment that adds resale value to your home. Refurbishing a deck usually entails replacing boards, sanding, refinishing, or painting, which normally costs $725- $2,519.
If your vision includes more than a sprucing up, you’ll likely be looking at rebuilding. Do your research, find a contractor you trust, and you’ll be lounging in the shade in no time!
Once the snow melts, you’ll want to give your roof a visual inspection. No need to get out the ladder; just grab your smartphone and zoom in to get a little closer. If there's visible damage, such as missing shingles, call a professional as soon as possible. By neglecting your roof, you run the risk of what would have been a quick fix turning into a costly inconvenience, such as water damage.
Roof replacements are a great example of a project that improve both the aesthetic and function of the house. For example, a new roof can increase the value of your home by 7% — and the average mid-size roofing project offers close to a 70% return on investment (ROI).
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Spring is a great time to finally get that fence installed. The ground won’t be frozen, so it’s a less tedious process. Fencing is a great way to add definition and personality to your outdoor space. If you’re considering landscaping or gardening for your yard, think about a living fence (a boundary made up of bushes or small trees). Fencing can also add functionality to your property — it’s a great way to keep pets or small children from wandering away.
The best time to get your heating and air conditioner serviced or installed is when the bitter cold has passed, and before the heat wave begins — spring. If you wait until the summer to install a cooling system, the availability of HVAC professionals is going to be scarce.
If you’re installing air conditioning, now’s the time to weigh your options between a central system, or room units. They differ in cost and functionality, so do your homework to find the best option for your home, and your budget.
Home improvements and property upgrades can be pricey, and Murphy’s law often applies. So it’s important to have a contingency fund built into your budget before tackling a project. As a homeowner, you may be able to tap into your home’s equity to fund your renovation project. However, depending on your unique situation, you may also consider a personal loan or if the project is smaller, a credit card. Do your research to make so you can make the best decision for your financial situation
With a Citizens Bank Personal Loan, you can borrow anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 with no fees — and have your money in as little as two business days. You could also use a credit card or a HELOC to fund your project
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