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5 home improvement projects for winter months

posted on March 27, 2017 in Global Blogs

Winter home improvement projectsAt this point in the winter, you might be itching for spring so you can get back to your home improvement projects. But home improvement does not have to wait until the warm weather arrives. You can find plenty of winter home improvement projects to keep yourself busy. In many cases, you might be better off doing these house remodeling projects in the winter rather than the spring or summer.

1. Window replacement

Window Replacement

Replacing your windows during winter can actually make your home warmer and more energy efficient. Heat can escape through older windows, making your home drafty and making your heating system have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. Replacing your old windows with new, energy-efficient ones will correct this problem.

Another advantage of winter window replacement is that some companies may offer discounts and sales during the winter months, so you could pay significantly less for the project that you would if you waited until summer.

2. Sealing and insulation

Sealing and Insulation

Here's another winter renovation that can keep you warm and save you money. Besides windows, identify other areas in the house where you can prevent heat from escaping. Drafty doors and openings around pipes and vents should all be targets. You can use sealant, caulk, or weatherstripping to fix those weak areas.

Another space that may need your attention is your attic. Insulating your attic can actually give you a 116% return on investment1 because it makes your home so much more energy efficient. If you're sick of the cold of winter, insulating your attic is a great way to keep yourself both busy and warm.

3. Paint the interior

Painting during the winter

If you're stuck inside anyway, you might as well put a fresh coat of paint on your interior walls. The winter months often call attention to the fact that certain rooms can be very dark when the sunlight doesn't shine in. Try addressing this problem by putting on a lighter, brighter coat of paint. Even just painting one room in your house could completely revitalize it.

4. Add a tile backsplash

Add a backsplash

Let's say you want to do more than just paint. You want to add a more personal touch. You might want to think about adding a tile backsplash to your kitchen or your bathroom. Tile backsplashes typically fill in the wall space between your countertops and your top kitchen cabinets, but they could extend all the way to the ceiling. They also look nice above a bathroom vanity.

Adding a tile backsplash is a fun project that can actually be completed in a relatively short amount of time. And it does not have to wait for good weather.

5. Replace or refurbish exterior doors

Replace or refurbish doors

If you're replacing your windows in the winter, why not replace your doors too? New entry doors are another way to make your home more efficient when it comes to keeping the heat inside. They can also make your home look more modern and polished.

If you're not ready to make the investment to replace your entry doors, you can simply refurbish them. Painting, adding molding, replacing the doorknobs, or even adding decorative elements can make your doors look new and expensive.

Winter home improvement projects can be fun, fulfilling, and even money-saving. You don't have to look far for projects that you can do right now. And by the time spring arrives, you'll be ahead of the game.


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