With the weather getting colder and snow on its way, it may be tempting to stay indoors, curl up near a fireplace and enjoy a good book. However, now is the perfect time to focus on your home checklist and knock some renovation projects off your list. Not only are you more likely to have free weekends during this time of the year, but the cost of hiring a contractor is also lower, given it’s their slow season.
In addition, by tackling your home renovation projects during the colder seasons, you’ll have your home prepped and complete, ready to enjoy or sell once Spring rolls around. So, if you’re ready to elevate your home, here are the projects you should focus on this time of the year.
Insulate Doors and Windows
When the cold weather rolls around, you want to ensure your home is warm, inviting, and free from unwanted drafts. That’s why November and early December are the perfect months to check all windows and doors' insulation and see if any cracks or drafts are present. If so, now’s the ideal time to address and fix them before it gets too cold.
Change Your Furnace Filter
Speaking of the cold! At this time of the year, you’ll also want to ensure that your furnace is ready, working and in tip-top shape. A key element to this is changing the filter. This small task will not only help your furnace work more efficiently but will also help to decrease your energy bills throughout the season.
Elevating the Aesthetics
Paint the Walls
Have some rooms in your home that need a little facelift? Now’s the perfect time to set aside a weekend and finally paint those walls. The best part about this project is that it’s easy, relatively affordable, and will help give your home a fresh look. A great project to check off if you’re planning to sell in the Spring.
Lay Down New Caulking
Did you know that caulking is supposed to be replaced every five years? This is another simple and easy project that can be done over the course of the weekend. We recommend caulking the key areas around your bathroom, such as the walls, windows, floors and ceilings. Consider caulking your bathtub as well as the area around your toilet.
Add a New Backsplash
Want to revamp your kitchen in an easy and effective way? Why not replace the tile in your kitchen? This project may be a little more tedious and time-consuming, but it is definitely worth it. While you’re at it, you may also want to consider replacing the hardware in your kitchen. With these two projects in hand, your kitchen will receive the update it needs, revitalizing the space in a simple and affordable way.
Replace Cabinets and/or Cabinet Hardware
Whether you want to spruce up your kitchen or bathroom or are ready to give these spaces a modern look, changing the cabinets or cabinet hardware is a great place to start. If your budget for this project is on the lower end, we recommend just focusing on the hardware. It may seem like a simple switch, but the result will be monumental. Replacing your cabinetry can be a little more expensive, especially since this is a project we recommend you invest in. If you have the budget to work with, this is a great project that will increase not only the look of your home but also its value.
As you can see, there are plenty of home projects you can complete during this time of the year, no matter your budget. Working to get these tasks done now will not only help prep your home to enjoy during the warmer season but will also help you get ahead of the game if you’re planning to sell in the Spring.