When it gets cold out, homeowners aren’t so keen on going outside. It’s a hassle getting bundled up, letting the car warm up and if there’s snow, cleaning off the car! We won’t even mention how much more taxing it is if you have children who have to get ready to go out too!
With that said, staying inside this winter doesn’t mean you have to lose all motivation! Here are some home improvement projects to tackle despite the cold!
1. Improve up your home’s heat retention
In the winter, it’s easier to find the places where there’s a draft. Drafty windows and doors, cracks near plumbing and ductwork, and poorly insulated basements and attics are problem areas that often need attention – especially in older homes. If these problem areas aren’t addressed, you could lose quite a bit of money if you live in an area with severe winters.
If you feel drafts, it may be as simple as putting up new weather stripping and new caulking around the windows and doors. You can also put caulk around drains and ductwork, too. If you notice your basement or attic feels like you’re outside, consider adding more insulation (insulation type will vary based on your needs and skill level).
2. Schedule for HVAC cleaning
Once you’ve taken care of the drafts, the chilly attic and basement, you’ll want to make sure your HVAC system is clean and up to maximum efficiency. You will want to have your heater man come out to service your system. They’ll check the fuses and components to make sure they’re in good condition and they’ll clean the heater itself.
You can also ask them to clean your heater ducts so that your heat will circulate freely and you won’t have to worry about dust circulating through the air.
3. Breathe new life into your home with paint
As we go about our daily lives, we’re going to rub up, bump, scrape and mark up the walls – it’s just inevitable. Wintertime is a good time to give your walls a fresh coat of paint. You’d be amazed by how differently your home will look and feel with a new paint job.
What’s awesome about painting is that you can stretch your creativity and experiment with new colors. Have you always dreamed of having a sunshine yellow kitchen but haven’t gotten around to it? Now’s your chance! Have you always wanted to do a complex statement wall with various colors and designs? Now’s your chance!
If you don’t like it, you can always repaint. It’s one of the simplest home improvement projects that has the biggest impact.
4. Swap regular bulbs for LED bulbs
Winter is a dark time and we’re going to keep our lights on longer than we would during the summer. Since our lights are going to be on more, you might want to replace your older, incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient, long lasting LED bulbs.
Don’t forget to do your outdoor lights, too!
5. Update cabinets
We spend a lot of our lives in the kitchen, so why not give it a little facelift? You don’t have to go all out and do a complete overhaul, but you can do simple touches that’ll make a decent impact. You know what? It involves more painting! You can repaint the cabinets to give it a new look. You can change the front of the cabinet doors by removing panels and replacing them with glass inserts. Or, you could even opt to remove the doors altogether for a modern look.
There are a lot of projects you can do during the winter, but if you’re itching for some fresh air and are looking for other ways to spruce up your home, check out these top curb appeal improvements!