The April showers have hopefully brought the May flowers to your yard, along with the fantastic spring weather. One of the best parts of spring is opening the windows and letting the home fill with fresh air. But, you may also discover some areas that can use a touch-up.
While many May home improvement projects focus on the outdoors, you’ll want to also make sure your inside is nice and tidy. Here are a few home maintenance projects you’ll want to take care of this month.
Tasks To Do In May
At this point, your spring cleaning indoors should be winding down, thanks to all the maintenance you did in April. Now, you can focus on some of your outdoor projects and tasks you can do to enjoy your yard all season long. Of course, there are still a few things indoors to be done! Here are a few tasks you can add to your May home maintenance checklist:
- Install A Patio Or Pathway
- Start Your Lawn Maintenance Routine
- Stain Your Deck – Or Build One
- Repair A Broken Fence
- Add Mulch to Your Yard
- Clean Your Walls
1. Install A Patio Or Pathway
Adding a patio or pathway to your yard might be just the update you didn’t know you needed. This outdoor installation can add more usable space outside and help you to enjoy your backyard, even more, this season. May is the perfect time to have this project done so you can use your patio and pathway all summer long. While some homeowners choose to DIY a small walkway project, you’ll want to call in a pro for a larger patio installation.
2. Start Your Lawn Maintenance Routine
The time has come for you to start maintaining your lawn for the season. Make sure your grass is cut, watered and mowed regularly. While you may not need it yet due to the spring rain, you might want to consider installing a sprinkler system if you tend to have drier summers in your area.
Regular mowing is a task that needs to be done once or twice a week depending on how much rain there is in your area. If your schedule doesn’t allow, hire landscaping pros to do the hard work for you.
3. Prep Your Deck
You have plenty of nights ahead of you to enjoy the deck with family and friends. Now is the perfect time to beautify it! Make any necessary repairs and restain if needed. Just like your indoor décor, you’ll want to consider what you can do outside!
4. Repair A Broken Fence
If you’ve been putting off making repairs to a broken fence until the weather gets nicer, now is the time. A broken fence can be a real issue, especially if you have pets that enjoy the outdoors as much as you do. Depending on the damage, it can also be an eyesore and that does nothing for the value of your home.
5. Add Mulch to Your Yard
Many homeowners use mulch in the flower beds, gardens and in between pathway stones to keep weeds out and soil healthy. Unfortunately, it does have to be replaced annually. The beginning of May is a great time to do so if weather allows. Laying mulch is certainly a project most homeowners can DIY. I recommend a shovel and a good pair of gardening gloves to help you work. The cost of mulch will greatly depend on the area you’re looking to cover.
6. Upgrade Your Home Security
Have summer vacation plans? So do many other Americans. In fact, last year, 80% of American families had a road trip planned, according to AAA. This leaves many homes vulnerable to break-ins and robbery. One of the best preventive actions you can take now is upgrading your home security system. Smart security systems allow you to view your home from wherever you are, right from your mobile device. Many will even alert you if there is strange activity. Whether you’re installing a security system for the first time or wanting to upgrade to a new one, smart security is the way to go.
7. Clean Your Walls
Again, many tasks in May are focused on improving your exterior. But as you open windows to let the fresh air in, it will also cause dust to stir in the air, landing on your walls. If you haven’t done so yet as a part of your spring cleaning, take some time to clean your walls. If you’ve never cleaned your walls before, you might be surprised at the amount of dirt you’ll find. While it’s a task most homeowners can DIY, it is rather time consuming, so I suggest contacting a cleaning pro who get your walls looking great again.
May is a great time to tidy up your yard for a fun summer ahead. You might even enjoy the outdoor tasks at hand with the beautiful springtime weather. Keep an eye out for next month, when I’ll be sharing some tips on how you can maintain your home in June.