Winter may not sound like the ideal time to get renovations done around the house, but if you’re home and avoiding the cold weather, it can be a great way to pass the time. If you’re choosing to sell your home soon, many people will be home shopping during winter, so it’s great to be prepared for shoppers ready to put in an offer. Here are some of the best home improvements to make during the winter months.
A FRESH COAT OF PAINT
An updated color on your walls can change the whole atmosphere of your home. Not only does it look great, but a rich neutral tone can be a helpful tool when selling your home. Sure, having hot pink walls may feel fabulous for your style, but it could potentially be off putting for those viewing your home. Switching out your personal touch for a neutral brown, tan, or grey can help possible buyers envision themselves in your space. You might even get a discounted price on your new paint because of the season.
UPDATE YOUR CABINETS
A new stain, a coat of paint, or even just new hardware can bring new life to your cabinets. It can change the whole vibe of your kitchen space, and make you fall in love again. This update can be relatively inexpensive and make a significant impact on your kitchen. New hardware pieces can easily be purchased on Amazon and be delivered straight to your doorstep, so you don’t even have to leave the house and brave the cold.
CHECK ON YOUR INSULATION
The summer might not be the best time to check how well your windows and doors are insulated because of the heat. During the winter, you can feel the chill coming through anywhere that isn’t well insulated. Recaulking or resealing these gaps is essential for your heating system in your home and keeping your heating bills to a minimum. This is one of the easier ways to keep your home warmer during the winter months.
REPLACE YOUR FLOORING
The winter months are the perfect opportunity to replace your flooring. While this can be a more significant project than just a simple update, it’s one that can make a big difference in the look of your home and really increase its value. If you live in a place with harsh winters, hardwood floors can get damaged easily and be continuously soiled. They can also maintain a cold temperature. You can put down new carpet to alleviate these issues or a lovely laminate flooring that looks high-end and beautiful. Rooms like the kitchen, your bedrooms and bathrooms can be the best rooms to tackle for a flooring project.
LITTLE MAINTENANCE TASKS
Things like changing your smoke detector batteries, checking on your furnace filter, changing all your light bulbs are things that we know we need to do, but often forget. Doing a deep clean and organizing your garage or closets are significant tasks to tackle as well, mainly if you’re selling your home.
Keeping yourself productive during the winter months can help you feel better overall, especially if you’re stuck in a long and harsh winter. It’s also great for your home’s resale value. Winter might be the best time to buy a home, so it’s an excellent idea to be prepared!
Guest Contributor: Lydia Boudreau