Winter is just around the corner. Here are some cost effective ways to save some money while increasing the value of your home. If you’re like most people, winter time tends to keep people indoors. It's not a time of year that many people consider optimal for home improvement. It turns out however, that winter really is a great time to undertake some of those projects that need to be done but without wasting beautiful spring and summer weather. As an added bonus, these improvement projects will increase your property value, save money on your utility bills, and potentially prevent larger, more expensive issues from developing.
Here are some easy winter projects you might want to tackle before spring hits.
- Add Insulation
Okay, so adding insulation doesn’t exactly make your heart pound with excitement. But it will lower your utility bills, and help make your home more comfortable and eco-friendly. If you have an attic, check it out. If you can see the floor joists, then you need more insulation. Since heat rises, you could save quite a bit by adding another layer of insulation up there. You can also add insulation in your crawlspaces to prevent heat loss there as well.
This first project is one that you will want to take on yourself. When Spring gets here, you’re not going to want to spend your time sifting through those piles of junk in your closets or garage. You’ll want to be outside, enjoying the fresh air. Winter is a great time to work on getting organized (which is why January is “Get Organized Month”). So, devote time every week to decluttering in general and organizing what you decide to keep. Tip: Don’t try to tackle the entire house at once. Do this and you’ll find yourself with a broken spirit, huddled on the couch looking for the remote. Start small, and go slow. Focus on one shelf, or one corner, and work until you’ve got that space looking exactly how you want. This way you’ll be able to see the progress you’re making.
This is the perfect time to contact Precision Contracting to update and repaint some of those neutral colored walls. Want to brighten your mood? Have us repaint for you! Go with a bright, cheery color to liven things up. A new coat of paint can dramatically lift your mood and the mood of the entire room. We make extensive use of eco-friendly, low-VOC paints so you don’t have to worry about breathing in toxic fumes.
- Update Your Floors
Is your carpet threadbare? Are your hardwood floors freezing your feet? Putting in carpet is a great winter project because it can increase the comfort of your home dramatically. One interesting point about new carpet: the off-gassing from new carpet is tremendous. Before installing your new carpet, we can air out the carpet several days before we install it in your home. If you don’t like carpeting, there are plenty of other home flooring ideas such as tile and laminate that you could also consider.
- Look at Your Bathroom
Is your grout gunky with unsightly mildew? Is your sink hopelessly outdated? Are you over the pale green paint you put on the walls three years ago? Bathrooms make great winter projects because once they’re done, you can appreciate the makeover every single day. And, there are plenty of ways to frugally remodel your bathroom. Updates like replacing a faucet, re-grouting tile, or repainting are relatively quick and inexpensive. Your Precision Contracting pros can undertake these kinds of projects very quickly and efficiently.
It's easy to get cabin fever this time of year. But it's also a great time of year to have us work with you to take on some of these quick and easy projects. These simple projects are a great way to add value to your home while at the same time beautifying and improving your living space. Remember though, you're on your own for decluttering.