Winter is a quieter time for most of us. It’s when we recover from the busy holiday season and spend more time indoors. The weather is simply too cold for anything outside.
While we might associate home renovations with warmer weather, winter is a great time to get things done. There are plenty of things you can do indoors to make your home more comfortable and more valuable.
Here are 8 easy winter renovations you can do before spring.
Pest-Proof the House
Pests are common in the spring when everything wakes up. Luckily, you can avoid the trouble of an infestation by pest-proofing the house now.
Grab some silicone caulking from the hardware store and fix any gaps you find in the baseboards and cabinets. Stuff holes surrounding the plumbing with expanding foam. You should also make sure that your window frames and screens are in good shape. Finish by weatherstripping your doors to the outside and plugging weep holes with metal covers.
If you have pests now, reach out to Oshawa Pest Control or another exterminator near you. Pest problems tend to get worse with the warmer weather.
Upgrade your attic insulation
Now is a great time to check on the attic because it is cool. See if the insulation appears to be in good shape. Aging, dirty, or spotty insulation doesn’t work properly. If your heating bills are expensive or if you feel like the house is always cold no matter what you do, your attic’s insulation may be due for an upgrade.
Working with insulation isn’t easy, but you can hire a professional to get this done within a weekend. Contact an insulation company for an inspection and ask for recommendations. A simple top-up can make a world of difference in how comfortable you feel indoors. Having good insulation will also save you money in the long run because it works more efficiently. Doing this now will prepare you for hot weather and save you stress for next winter.
Paint a room
Yes, you can paint in the wintertime. The air is nice and dry in the winter, so paint dries faster. Lots of paints go on sale, too, so you can save a few bucks. So, get some painting done on a warm winter weekend. Freshen up a space with a new color or give life to an old door. Your home will look fantastic come spring.
Give the kitchen a facelift
Why not give the kitchen a little pick-me-up while you have the time? Switching to a new faucet or changing cabinet handles is a simple way to freshen up the kitchen and add value. Try changing the décor, painting the cabinet doors, or adding under-cabinet lighting. The kitchen is the heart of the home. Give it some love now so you and your guests can enjoy it more this summer.
Change light fixtures
Old lamps and fixtures can make your home seem outdated. Take a moment to switch out those old dome lights for new ones that will modernize your home. Or change the chandelier in the dining room for something brighter. Light fixtures are a small investment that really change the overall look of an entire room.
Change the décor
When is the last time you switched things up? Take advantage of winter sales to freshen up your living space. Check out new cushion covers, throw blankets, rugs, and artificial plants. A new art piece can change the color scheme of an entire room. Browse the internet for some inspiration and change things up now, so you’ll be ready for the busy summer season.
Remodel your closet
Closets have so much potential. Sort through your clothes this winter and donate what you don’t need. Clear up some space, then organize your things in a way that makes sense to you. Make use of vertical space and invest in some organizers to keep things in order. You might be surprised how many things you’ve forgotten about!
Renovate the garage
Summertime is often too hot to work in the garage. You might also be too busy to give it the time it needs for a little renovation. So, give yourself a few hours this winter to declutter the garage and get organized. Upgrade the lighting and set up some storage racks to save you space. You can also paint the floor or lay down some rubber interlocking tiles while the weather is cool.