Colder weather is coming, and that means it’s time to think about home improvement and renovation for the winter.
Winter Home Improvement Projects
Winter renovations don’t have to be difficult – they can even be fun. Besides, some well-chosen winter home improvement/renovation projects can help you and your family to make the most of the months of cold ahead, and they don’t have to be hard on your budget.
With this in mind, here are 6 easy winter renovation projects on a budget.
1). Give Your Fireplace a Facelift
If you have a fireplace and you plan on using it, why not give it an upgrade? It probably goes without saying that you’ll want to clean it, but you don’t have to stop there.
Common fireplace renovations include painting, replacing the mantle, and drywalling. According to Home & Patio, a fireplace store in Houston, adding new fireplace doors, fireplace screens, and gas logs are all excellent ways of lending your fireplace a new and better look.
Believe it or not, repainting is a popular winter home improvement project. If you’re looking for a good DIY project that will be relatively gentle on the bank account, this is a good place to go.
You can repaint at any time of the year, but repainting for winter is an especially good idea since, let’s face it, you and the family will probably be spending more time inside than you do during pretty much any other season.
A new coat of paint can add a surprising amount of visual stimulation, especially if your walls are old, dingy, and not especially fun to look at. Particularly with the right color choice, a new coat of paint can elevate your mood and that of the entire room. Consider a warmer color since it will be colder outside.
3). Find and Plug Openings & Leaks
Finding and fixing openings and air leaks ahead of the winter season is another good project to undertake. This will help you keep the warm air in, and that will increase you and your family’s comfort as well as help you to save on your energy bill.
This project is commonly accomplished by sealing the seams around windows and doors with caulk, waterproof sealant, or weather-stripping.
The wonderful thing about this project is that it is both very cheap – you can almost certainly accomplish it for a very small sum – and it is not particularly difficult as home improvement projects go.
And in addition to lowering your energy costs, you are likely to find that it helps to produce better humidity control, reduces the presence of pollen, dust, and insects, and even reduces noise from outside.
4). Get A Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t already have one, get a recent model of a programmable thermostat. The contemporary programmable thermostat is a technological marvel, and a boon to homeowners who are looking to customize the heating and cooling of their houses in a way that fits their needs.
Depending on the model, you may even be able to control the thermostat remotely.
The cost savings of a programmable thermostat are in the 10-12 percent savings range. If that seems small, think about how the savings will add up over time.
5). Insulate Your Attic
Insulating your attic is another excellent winter home improvement energy-conserving measure, one which helps you and your family to stay warm.
You will want to get a home energy audit, or home energy assessment, to ascertain both how much energy your home consumes and where the problems are. Once you have this, it is relatively quite easy and affordable to get your attic insulated.
One of the best things about this project, too, is that it provides a tremendous return on investment. Homeowners who do this benefit from lower energy bills, about 5-10 percent, and tax credits up to about $500.00.
6). Refurbish Your Doors
If your doors are looking a bit weather-beaten and sad, why not refurbish them? You can paint them, install decorative knobs, even add some molding to create a sense of depth.
This is an easy project that will make your home look more welcoming when you have guests over for holiday parties.
Home improvement and remodeling for winter does not have to be unduly difficult or expensive.