As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, home improvement projects are probably the last thing on your mind. The lack of light means shorter working hours, so you’re tight for time, even on the weekends – but don’t think you’re off the hook just yet. There are plenty of projects you can complete during the winter to add value to your home. Below are three examples to get you started:
- Clean out your closets: It’s time to lose some weight! If you live in a two-story home, the weight from excess paperwork, clothing and furniture can really drag you down. In some extreme cases, the pressure can actually cause the sheetrock to pull away from the ceiling, causing unsightly (and dangerous!) gaps. So pick a snowy Saturday and rid your house of excess baggage. It will feel great to de-clutter, and you may avoid more costly home improvement projects down the line.
- Repaint your walls: Winter is dreary; there’s just no getting around it. You’ll likely spend hours cooped up inside staring at your walls – so why not change them up! Winter is the perfect time for painting. Before you pick your favorite color to spruce up your living room, make sure to crack a window to let the fumes escape. Don’t worry about the cold air damaging your work, either: The dryness of winter air is actually ideal for drying paint.
- Update your bathroom: Why not create a warm oasis in the midst of the cold? Small projects such as re-grouting aging tile, replacing your faucets or framing a mirror are relatively easy and inexpensive to do yourself. You might also choose to invest in new flooring for your bathroom. Given that the square footage is usually small, you can splurge on nicer materials.
By completing some home improvement projects this winter, you’re less likely to suffer from cabin fever. Your home will also be spruced up and ready for spring. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get started!