Sometimes, chilly winter air causes us to turn away from projects and curl up in a warm blanket by the fire with a hot cup of tea. But if we take a look at the advantages of tackling home improvement projects before spring, we find inspiration and motivation to conquer and complete our top home improvement needs.
During the winter, there are typically better prices on remodeling supplies and more inventory from which to choose. It even takes less time to hire an inspector and get permits during the winter because most people remodel during spring and summer months. Let’s look at 7 of the top home improvement projects to perform during winter:
1. Repaint a room with vibrant color
Nothing brightens up a cold winter day like a fresh splash of color! Cheer up those walls with colors that pop when you enter the room. Be bold and exchange a neutral palate in at least one room of the house with a fun burst of vibrant color. Be sure to use eco-friendly, low VOC paint to prevent toxic fumes from invading your home. If non-toxic paint isn’t available, crack the window while painting to ensure safety. Learn more about how the talented staff at Dependable Home Services can upgrade your spaces with a fresh coat of colorful paint.
2. Refloor a room or two
Winter is a great time to refresh your home’s look with hardwood, tile, or laminate flooring to upgrade the spaces of your home. Carpeting can add warmth and comfort during winter months so inspect your current carpeting and evaluate its need for replacement. Ask your remodeling crew to air out your new carpeting several days before it’s installed. And remember to ventilate your home after installation in order to protect your family from new carpet off gassing.
3. Beef up insulation
Winter is the perfect time to take the opportunity to decrease utility bills by adding insulation to your attic or crawl space. Your home will be warmer, and you will prevent heat loss by adding a layer of insulation. Add insulation and enjoy the benefits from one of the highest returns on investment possible within the home. Your investment will pay for itself and then save you money in the future.
4. Remodel a bathroom
Winter is the perfect time to remodel your bathroom. Consider how refreshing an updated sink, tub, or floor could be in your master bathroom. Paint the walls with a fresh coat of color, or wallpaper them with countless creative options. Refresh grout in your shower, tub, and sink. Install shelving, and add accent colors with new towels to give your bathroom a fresh look.
5. Get organized and declutter
Winter offers us the opportunity to make New Year’s resolutions and follow through with them! Getting organized by decluttering is a great way to start the year. And the best way to organize a house is systematically—one space at a time. Separate each room section by section, and make a decision about each item in the space. In the bedroom, for instance, go through dresser drawers, closets, and storage boxes under the bed. Separate items into three categories: use it, give it, and pitch it! If you haven’t worn something in a year or so, chances are, you won’t wear it again—so give it away to someone who will.
6. Add programmable smart meters
Install a programmable thermostat to regulate your heat and air according to your needs and schedule. Programmable thermostats pay for themselves in about 15 months; then they save you money for years to come! Additionally, consider installing a smart water meter to alert you of leaking or burst pipes, help you conserve water, and save you money on water bills in the future.
7. Upgrade health and safety features
Upgrade smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for wintertime safety. Take a few minutes to upgrade your air filters with increased surface areas to trap mold spores, pet dander, and allergens. Hire someone to vacuum dryer and kitchen vents over the winter. Removing lint buildup helps decrease the risk of fire, helps systems run more efficiently, and increases energy savings!
Contact Dependable Home Services for all your home improvement needs. If you live in the Richmond, Virginia area and need premier siding installation, home improvement, and remodeling, we are here for you. From foundation and drywall repair to home remodeling and additions, we serve customers with excellent materials and workmanship. Get a Free Quote or call us at (804) 334-6839 for a free home improvement consultation.