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Last updated: March 7, 2018 • Home Improvement

7 DIY Home Improvement Projects you can do This Winter

Because people spend so much time indoors, renovating and improving the aesthetics of the home can make it a more enjoyable space to live in. Winter is a great time for home improvement, especially when the renovations will save energy or make the house easier to live in. Selling a home during the colder months may be a little more difficult due to the colder temperatures, therefore changing a few aspects of the house can make it more appealing to potential buyers.

Many of these projects can be done by the average homeowner. No need for outside hire, and no need to wait for a contractor to do the work for you. In case you’re not sure where to start, here are 7 DIY projects for your home that can be started right now.

  1. Add weather stripping to windows and doors. You’d be surprised by how much heat leaves your house through windows, doors, and cracks. With some caulk and a good eye, you may be able to plug these areas and prevent further heat loss.
  2. Install a programmable thermostat. There’s no need to heat the house when no-one is there. With a proper thermostat, you can control the temperature of the house for heat-on when the family is home and turned off when they are away. These can be found almost anywhere and can save homeowners hundreds after installation.
  3. Tile your kitchen backsplash. While this may seem purely aesthetic, backsplashes protect your kitchen walls from steam and mold when you use your stove. They add a dash of color to an otherwise bland kitchen or compliment an existing color scheme. A real estate agent will also tell you this improves the value of your home.
  4. Paint an accent wall. Staying inside all day can make anyone go a little crazy. Painting your walls is an easy way to liven up your living space making it cozier inside.
  5. Declutter. Don’t save the decluttering for the spring. Cleaning up your living space helps to prevent depression and encourages productivity. There are more than enough charities that will be happy to take your extra “stuff” and you would be donating to a good cause, while also getting a tax deduction.
  6. Remodel your fireplace with either glass tile or a fresh coat of paint. Chances are, you’ll want to use your fireplace if it works. Even if it isn’t functional, they are the centerpiece of your home during the winter months. Make sure to have it cleaned, and try refreshing the area with new glass tile or paint. Many people want to buy a home that has a fireplace in it, especially if you are selling in a state that gets cold, so by updating it means your place will stand out from other homes people are looking at.
  7. Seal outlets and switches. Believe it or not, heat does escape through the homes outlets and switches. If you feel a draft through any of the outlets in your home, try looking for foam gaskets at the hardware store to seal them up.

Planning to buy a home or sell a home? These five real estate markets are expected to be the most popular this year, according to the multiple listing service (MLS):

  1. Nashville, Tennessee real estate. While it has a reputation for honky-tonk bluegrass, this city has a growing opportunity for employment and a lot of potential for young couples and families.
  2. Grand Rapids, Michigan. From cozy living to an exciting, artistic scene, Grand Rapids is a fantastic place to invest.
  3. Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh has a booming tech industry, a number of celebrity-owned restaurants, and a high rating which makes it the perfect place to buy a home — what more can you ask for in your next hometown?
  4. El Paso, Texas. Such a big state, and so many brightly-lit cities. The city of El Paso is boasting a growing number of young people, and a high rate of employment.
  5. Fort Worth, Texas real estate. It’s no secret that the state of Texas is heating up, both literally and in terms of the housing market. If you can take the heat, try Texas!

Whether your goal is to spruce up your own house or your preparing to sell, these home improvements won’t go unnoticed. Even if you only invest in one or two of these renovations, you’re bound to see a difference in the live-in value of your home. Other DIY tasks can also apply to Staging Homes for Winter Sales. Pointing out the upgrades will impress any potential home buyers, and you can get brownie points for properly winterizing your home before selling it.

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