May is National Home Remodel Month, which makes it the perfect time to make those home improvements you waited all winter to tackle. With an extreme water shortage in effect, there are simple ways to save water and upgrade your home at the same time. All it takes is some expert advice, a little bit of know-how, and Friedman’s Home Improvement Store!

Conserving water, whether on the inside or outside of your home, is easy to do with a few simple changes. Little to no extra supplies or equipment may even be needed. You can start with changing up your lawn care routine. Keeping grass a little longer can help your lawn retain water and require less watering, and also helps it look plusher and greener overall. Watering in the morning conserves more than watering during the sunniest hours of midday when water can evaporate before it even hits the ground. With less evaporation and water loss, your lawn can be watered in a shorter amount of time, using less and saving resources. Of course, be sure to check any local regulations to see if and when you are able to water your lawn, as restrictions may be in place.

Inside, saving water is just as easy. Shorter showers, turning off water while brushing your teeth, or running the dishwasher only when full are simple tasks that will save gallons of water over time. If your kitchen or bathroom needs an upgrade, consider purchasing high-efficiency faucets to help control water flow. These new fixtures will update the look and feel of the room and help you be more eco-friendly.

While you’re outside admiring your lush green yard, you may notice a few worn spots on your deck. So while you’re in the home improvement groove, you may as well re-finish your deck with a quality finish that will protect your deck. In just a weekend, you can make your deck maintenance-free for a long time. Clean your entire deck surface first, using a quality deck cleaner or power washer. Give it time to dry, then apply your chosen stain or finish with a brush or roller, being careful to apply evenly. Many deck stains are self-leveling, so you don’t have to worry about being totally perfect, since they correct themselves as you work. After a day or two or drying time, your deck will look like new and be ready for your outdoor enjoyment!

Weather-worn areas of porches, fences, or other areas may need a quick coat of touch-up paint. Simple cosmetic touch-ups are a great way to improve the overall curb appeal of your home and keep it looking fresh and new. Tackle the touch-up areas in a single afternoon. Most jobs just require a quick sanding to even out the paint, a shake of the paint can, and a sweep of the brush. Tending to these small imperfections as they appear will help you maintain your exterior finishes without needing to go through the hassle of a full paint job in the future!

National Home Improvement Month is a great time to do all those little chores around the home that will help make it perfect again. Need more help? Come on in to any of our local stores and speak with a friendly, knowledgeable team member that will help you get everything you need for your home projects!