It’s not coincidental that there’s 26 days in between March 20th and April 15th. It appears almost fated that the spring season also happens to share a season with taxes as millions of Americans annually spend their refunds on Uncle Sam to do some spring sprucing up of their homes. After all, even those in southern Arizona need to reward themselves for surviving even the doldrums of winter.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, homeowners spent $122.8 billion on home improvement in 2014, which was up 3.1-percent 2013 and the trend continues to aim upward as the economy continues to improve.

Locally in Sierra Vista, as the scars of the 2008 recession begin to fade, local remodelers are seeing home improvement better first hand.

“The seasons are changing, it’s the time for something new, something fresh,” Sierra Remodeling salesperson Scott Miller said. According to Miller, business for Sierra Remodeling is better than its been since the recession seven years ago as homeowners in and around Sierra Vista are hiring contractors and remodelers to reenergize their homes.

Miller says that cosmetic improvements in kitchens and bathrooms have been amongst the hottest renovations as those upgrades can add both function and beauty at a reasonable price.

“The form is still there, but things like converting to a tub to a walk-in shower is easier,” Miller said. Miller has notice how homeowners are raising their vanity rooms to the higher eye level to also improve functionality and use.

For Mr. Fix-It Home Repair of Sierra Vista, they find their spring “checkup service” popular for the season, which can range from roof repairs to painting. Roofs are especially susceptible in preparing for monsoon season and warmer weather and are often of the most expensive investments of a home.

Remodeling is popular in the spring as many prepare for summer guests, or decide to treat themselves after tax season,” Mr. Fix-It marketing manager Ashley Jernigan said in an email.

While growth in overall home value has slowed from 2013 to 2014 compared to 2012 to 2013, the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report found that bathroom remodeling, even a mid-range one costing $16,000, has a return of investment of 73-percent at time of the home’s sale. Even small kitchen improvements like faucets and countertops for $19,000 return 83-percent.

Miller points to new lifetime warranty of improvements also increase the appeal of remodeling to consumers.

BOX via Mr. Fix-It:

1. Inspect the roof

For flat roofs, look for any cracks, penetrations, or rot on roof, parapets, around scuppers, vent

pipes, and HVAC units. For an asphalt roof, make sure shingles are flat and not curling, cracking,

loose, or missing. If you have a tile roof, double check that no shingles are broken, cracked, or

missing. This is also a good opportunity to look at rain gutters to make sure that they are clean

and free of debris, and are properly attached with no gaps.

2. Check caulking around doors and windows

Make sure that windows and doors are properly sealed around the edges. Look for cracks or

separations from the frame. If any of your exterior doors have a weather strip at the bottom,

check it for chips or cracking.

3. Look for cracks in stucco and exterior paint

Properly applied paint works to protect the wood and stucco of your home from heat and rain.

Make sure there are no cracks in the stucco or paint before the weather can do any damage.

Repainting your home every five to ten years is usually a good idea.

4. Look for leaks

Check underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks, around toilets, tubs or showers, laundry rooms

and exterior hose bibs for leaks. The longer a leak waits the worse and more expensive the

problem becomes.

5. Service your water heater

Have your water heater serviced annually. Proper maintenance can extend the life and

functionality of your water heater. Look for leaks around the water heater.