With spring just around the corner, there has been no better time to usher in the season with a whole new look for your home. Most people simply dread the idea of doing their spring cleaning, especially if it’s going to uncover an expensive home improvement project. Nonetheless, there are plenty of ways that you can upgrade your home and in a safe way too, avoiding the need to make a claim on buildings insurance from an insurance provider like Castle Cover.

Following a number of simple home improvement tips could see you create a fantastic, comfortable and altogether more relaxing living environment that will improve your home’s value and usher in the designs that people desire in their property.

Hardwood flooring is a fantastic example of this. After all, most carpets have seen better days and as such, it’s worth getting rid of them and installing a new underfoot surface – one that people love the look and feel of. Popular for generations, hardwood flooring or other styles of laminates have always been known to add value to a home, while also providing durability and ease of repair; it can also be refinished and stained in a number of colours. Location LocationLocation presenter Phil Spencer is a fan of wooden flooring and explains why in this interview with the Telegraph on adding value to your home. He believes that they are especially suitable for families as they take away the problem of damage from the inevitable spills, stains and muddy footprints, as “this has to be a lot more relaxing than hovering with a damp cloth and bottle of carpet-stain remover,” Phil explains.

Lighting should be another thing that will benefit from change. During spring, natural light starts to enter the home in much greater amounts – particularly after the clocks go forward. Take advantage of this and consider the installation of blinds. Whether they’re wooden, metal or fabric offerings, they give a whole new feel to a house and again add to a house’s value.