May Is National Home Improvement Month

May is National Home Improvement Month and if you’re like a lot of homeowners, this is the perfect time to catch up on some of those projects you’ve been putting off. Homeowners flock to Lowe’s and Home Depot each Spring, eager to start any number of home improvement projects. Regardless of whether you’re a do-it-yourself-er or you might be hiring a professional, there are some basics that you should know that can help to reduce your home-improvement-project-related stress.

Over the next couple weeks, we’ll be posting some articles and resources that will hopefully help to make your home improvement projects as stress-free as possible.

Getting Started

So often, just figuring out where to start is the hard part. If you’re in need of a little direction or inspiration, here are a couple of things to get you started:

  • Check your roof for missing or broken shingles
  • Check your windows for air leakage and condensation between the panes
  • Check your gutters for proper drainage and remove any blockages
  • Check your siding for any cracks or buckling
  • Check your deck for winter weather damage
  • Check your doors for any light escaping the bottom or sides of the frame

If you still need some ideas, you might want to take a look at Better Homes and Gardens’ Month by Month Home Improvement Plan. Spoiler alert: Their suggestion for May talks about prepping your deck for entertaining.

For the adventurous DIY-ers out there, check out the DIY Network’s Step by Step Instructions for Conquering Your Honey-Do List