Give Your Home a Makeover
During the long winter months when exterior home improvement projects are on hold, there are plenty of indoor projects that are easy and rewarding. Plus, come spring and summertime, you’ll be free to enjoy the outdoors with all of your indoor projects completed. Winter is the perfect time to tackle these types of home improvements:
Painting and Wallpapering
Who says you can’t paint and wallpaper during the coldest months of winter? Today’s latex paint isn’t terribly odorous, and wallpaper paste is also virtually odor-free. Be sure to allow a small amount of ventilation in the room where you’re working, to bring in adequate fresh air. To help dry paint and wallpaper paste faster, run fans or turn up the heat.
Replacing faded window treatments can brighten any home. Search your local department or discount stores for blinds, shades, curtains, draperies and valances, or shop online to obtain the best prices and the widest selection from the comfort of your home.
If you have the necessary skills to lay carpet, install hardwood floors or install ceramic tile flooring, you can save a considerable amount of money. Always shop around for the best prices on flooring and installation – many companies will beat their competitors’ prices.
Decorative light fixtures and ceiling fans are a great way to turn-on your home’s charm. Consider changing outdated fixtures or installing new fixtures where needed. Just visit your local home improvement store or shop online and have the fixtures delivered directly to your door. Some installations are easy do-it-yourself projects, while others may require the help of a licensed electrician.
While not a true home improvement project, winter is the perfect time to get organized and eliminate clutter from every room in the house. Whether it’s the basement, attic or your desk, it’s never too early to start spring-cleaning. And if you need additional tax deductions, many thrift and second-hand shops will give you a donation receipt when you drop off your unwanted household items.
Whether you decide to tackle some or all of these projects, even the smallest upgrades and improvements can have a big impact on the warmth and appeal of your home