Homeowners Ready for a Spring Refresh

As the warmer, brighter days of Spring descend upon us, homeowners are looking to breathe new life into their winter-worn homes in order to fling the doors wide open for summer festivities.

The problem for many, however, is where to begin. A recent survey from Stanley Black & Decker, the Spring Home Refresh Report, sheds some light on the spring cleaning habits and DIY projects planned by adults across the nation this year. The findings reveal that the No. 1 priority for the majority of adults (95%) is spring cleaning. The most popular tasks that fall under the spring cleaning umbrella are gardening (35%) and organizing/decluttering (35%). The most disliked spring cleaning task? Cleaning gutters (35%) and cleaning windows (31%).

The survey also found spring cleaning tasks and DIY projects seem to differ by generation. As younger workers continue to use their bedrooms as both a home office and a place of rest, 42% of Gen Z respondents plan to focus on bedroom improvements, making it the most popular project for this age group.

Other interesting survey findings include:
  • A majority (59%) of respondents said they handle indoor spring cleaning themselves.
  • Among the 81% of adults gearing up for DIY endeavors this spring, gardening/landscaping emerges as the favored undertaking.
  • Gone are the days of relying solely on grandpa's wisdom – a whopping 69% of adults now turn to YouTube for guidance on new projects. However, a trend is emerging: Gen Z is finding inspiration on TikTok, with 51% using the platform for DIY ideas.
  • Sixty-one percent expressed a keen interest in purchasing new tools or equipment for their projects this season.
  • The top tools homeowners said they need for this year's outdoor projects are a lawnmower (41%) and leaf blower (36%).
  • When it comes to home improvement, adults most frequently said that the kitchen (31%), bathroom (31%) and the backyard (28%) are the areas of their home that need the most attention this spring.
Should you be listing your home for sale this spring or summer, you'll want to spend extra time focusing on those spring cleaning projects that boost curb appeal, such as repairing or refinishing any fencing and outdoor furniture, painting your front door and power-washing any hardscaping.  

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