3 Home Improvement Ideas For Spring In Southern California04/25/2016Kimball Jones “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” - Leo Tolstoy. If you’re like me, every spring you want to open your windows and clean out the cobwebs so that your house looks its best. Here are 3 home improvement tips for spring in Southern California so that your home looks as good as new. 1. Go Through A Spring Checkup For Energy Efficiency And Safety Spring is one of the best times to check that all of your home’s systems are running properly for the coming summer months. Homeowners in Southern California should inspect these things every spring: HVAC System. Test out your air conditioning system to check that it’s ready for the coming summer heat. Improve your HVAC system’s energy efficiency by changing your furnace and air conditioning filters. Local HVAC companies may provide this service for a small fee. Smoke Detectors. Keep your home and family safe by testing your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Replace the batteries in your alarms in the spring and in the fall. Caulking and Windows. Inspect the caulking around windows, doors, and kitchen and bathroom fixtures for cracks. Repair the caulking as needed. Install window treatments, including plantation shutters, to enhance the energy efficiency of your windows. Open and close your windows to ensure that they can move freely. 2. Deep Clean Your House So That It Shines Nothing makes your house shine like a good, deep clean. Start by decluttering all of your rooms to open up the area. Then clean anything you don’t wipe down regularly such as floors, kitchen and bathroom walls, baseboards, and ceiling fans. Wipe your bathroom and kitchen fixtures until they shine. Vacuum your furniture, and clean under and behind it as well. Let in more light by cleaning your windows. Wash your windows and screens to remove smudges and dust. Clean your draperies and shades and wipe down your shutters. You can clean your blinds with an ultrasonic cleaning treatment. 3. Redecorate Your Rooms For A Fresh Look After you’ve cleaned your house, you’re ready for the fun part: redecorating. The easiest way to redecorate your home is to find new ways to use things you already have. Rearranging your furniture can give the room a completely new feel. Or you can shop your house, which means switching out the furniture and accessories you already have between rooms. Add more color with fresh paint, bright accent pillows, and plants. If you want to give your room a completely new look, then look through our idea gallery for new ideas and inspiration. It’s full of photos of stunning rooms and window treatments for any space in your house. Once you’ve decided on the style and color scheme for your room, you can look for coordinating furniture, artwork, and accessories. Window treatments are an easy piece to update that coordinates with your existing style and freshens up your rooms. You can pick from a variety of shutters including plantation shutters, barn door shutters, and reclaimed wood shutters in addition to blinds and shades. Get More Design Tips If you want even more ideas for your home, take a look at our design tips. And if you discover a look and window treatment that you want, call us at 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation. Our team of professionals will walk you through picking the best window treatment to give your home a beautiful, fresh look this spring.