The winter season means spending a lot of time indoors and out of the cold, wet weather. Being inside for so long can make anyone antsy. But before resigning yourself to a few months of inactivity, why not break the monotony by working on some put-off winter home improvement projects? After all, you’ll feel better if you look for ways to keep yourself active, warm, and rejuvenated. Plus, some home improvement projects will increase your property value, save you money in the long run, and potentially prevent larger, more expensive issues from developing. You might even find a great deal on building materials and paint during the winter season.
If you are planning to put your home on the market in the spring or summer home, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of potential savings in winter home improvement projects. Experts agree – start small and go slow. Focus on one shelf, or one corner, and work until you’ve got that space looking exactly how you want. With less going on this season, now is a perfect time to do that without feeling rushed! Keep reading for five easy and useful winter home improvement projects.
1. Add insulation to improve your home’s energy efficiency
While it’s not the most exciting project, adding insulation to your home could help make your home more energy-efficient, comfortable, and eco-friendly. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends air sealing crucial areas of your home before tackling insulation. Do a mini audit around windows and doors, through the foundation, and in the attic. You can find videos and tips for conducting a self-inspection on the Home Energy SaverTM website.
If you find leaks, consider an insulating foam spray. If you can see the floor joists in your attic, then you need more insulation. Since heat rises, you could save quite a bit by adding another layer of insulation up there anyway. You can also add insulation in your basement and in crawlspaces to prevent heat loss there as well. Sealing leaks and adding insulation can save homeowners an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs, or an average of 11% on total energy costs.
2. Install a new programmable thermostat
This is one of the winter home improvement projects that will ultimately allow you to customize the heating and cooling of your home to fit your needs. There are many different programming options available, including the ability to control some thermostats remotely from your phone. This improvement project can enhance your quality of life, and save you money in the process.
After the installation, be sure to keep an eye on water levels in your boiler to make sure they don’t fall too low. Check and change heating system filters regularly. Most HVAC and furnace filters need to be changed at least every three months. However, they should be changed more frequently if you have allergies, own pets, occasionally use a fireplace, or have a larger family.
3. Update your bathroom
Clean the grout, update your faucets or cabinets, repaint – or do all three! Once done, you will be able to appreciate the work you did every single day. If you are thinking of replacing the floor, buying a new toilet, or doing a complete remodel, consider calling in a professional for help with these larger winter home improvement projects.
4. Replace your windows
Replacing the windows in your home this winter can help keep the cold air outside where it belongs and save on energy costs. While your initial cost could potentially be on the high end, you save in the long run by increasing your resale value and making your home more energy-efficient. Enjoy the other benefits of new, updated windows such as reducing outside noise, protecting your furniture and floors, and keeping you safe.
Ready to liven things up when it is cold and dreary outside? A new coat of paint can dramatically lift your mood and the energy in your house. Consider an accent wall with a bright, cheery color to liven things up. You should be able to find some great deals on paint during the winter season. Painting can be a quick and inexpensive winter project, but it can be time-consuming and smelly. Make sure you crack open the windows to let in fresh air while you’re painting – even water-based paint has an odor. Consider choosing eco-friendly, low-VOC paint, so you don’t have to worry about inhaling toxic fumes.
It’s easy to get cabin fever this time of year, but working on home projects is a great way to keep yourself active, add value to your home, and beautify or improve your living space. It’s a win-win! Contact us today if you need help with your winter home improvement projects or visit our website for some inspiration.