10 Easy Home Improvements for Winter

  • 05 Mar 2022 10:55
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10 Easy Home Improvements for Winter

Although winter isn't the best time to do home improvements, there's no reason why you shouldn't try your hand at DIY projects during this dark period. You don't want a sudden, all-DIY roof project. But many projects will improve your home, your wallet, and your life. You can make many home improvements that will keep you busy in winter.

Here are 10 simple projects that you can do this winter, ranging from winterizing money-savers and dreamy DIYs. (Definitions of easy may differ).

1. Install a Programmable Thermostat

Home improvement project? Try a life home improvement project. A programmable stat will help you see what you are missing. Programmable thermostats are more expensive than the $10 deal, but they can save you money. Remote access is one of the most cost-saving features. There are no more large bills because you forgot to turn off the heat during winter.

Tip for renting: Keep the oldest in your possession and make the switch when you move.

Need:

  • New thermostat
  • Screwdriver
  • It is common sense to shut off the power before you mess with wires.

2. Stop Leaks

It's not glamorous but it's so helpful. By sealing leaks, cold drafts won't affect your mood or drain your bank account. Look for cracks in doors and windows that can be sealed with weatherstripping. Check for leaks at the joints where pipes enter your house. Make sure you inspect outlets and light switches on exterior walls that aren’t insulated.

Need:

  • Caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Foam sealant
  • Weatherstripping
  • Screwdriver
  • Foam gaskets to protect outlets/switches

3. Insulate. Insulate. Insulate.

Have you recently checked the insulation in your attic? The next question is: Does your attic have insulation? This is a great investment. It keeps cold air out, and heat in winter. Check. You can keep the summer heat out by keeping your air-conditioned inside. Check.

If you find water leaks or other urgent issues, this could lead to a larger project. The installation of insulation should take no more than an hour. Make sure you get the correct R-value insulation for your area.

Need:

  • Rolls of insulation
  • Gloves
  • Mask
  • Box cutter

4. Clean Your Gutters

It is never too late to prevent the accumulation of leaves that can cause major drainage problems. It is not an easy job. Even if your house is a single story, it's advisable to have someone watching you. At the very minimum, notify a neighbor and ask them to check in on you.

Need:

  • Ladder
  • Gloves
  • A buddy system

5. Paint, paint, and paint

Winter painting is possible as long as you use low- or no-VOC paint. Paint provides an immediate update for your work and instant gratification. Paint anything and everything. Paint trim, interior doors, cabinets, and furniture.

Need:

  • Paint
  • Two-inch angle brushes are essential.
  • Rollers
  • Roller covers
  • Drop cloths (no plastic or canvas)
  • Can opener
  • Mallet
  • Covers, pails, and trays

6. Update Hardware

Hardware is an easy, inexpensive way to make a big difference. You can change interior knobs, cabinet knobs, pulls, hinges, and other embellishments.

Need:

  • New hardware
  • Screwdrivers/power drill
  • Wood filler (for old holes, if the new hardware is different)
  • Cabinet hardware template (a lifesaver in measuring)

7. Get Rid Of Junk

Sometimes the simplest things can make the biggest changes. You can do a massive weekend purge if you are motivated. However, most people will be more comfortable tackling one drawer, one closet, or one room at a time. They may also prefer to do it for a few hours each week.

Be prepared with the right questions, and a strong resolve. Make sure you have a plan in place for what to do with the refuse. Trash? Donate? Donate to your annual yard sale

Need:

  • Trash bags
  • Boxes
  • Willingness to move the refuse pile from your home

8. Go Vertical

Are you running out of space? Don't neglect your walls. Your walls offer valuable square footage that can be used to store or display your favorite items.

Decide if You're:

  • Hook installation
  • Adding floating shelves
  • Add shelves with visible supports
  • Hanging artwork
  • Hanging pegboard
  • You can also choose from any other simple, inspiring, and effective vertical options

A stud finder, nail or screw, a drill or hammer, a level, and measuring tape are all essential.

9. Custom Items

Duvet covers, curtains, and tablecloths for decorative pillows, tables, couches, and other items. You can make the accessories you want with the right knowledge and attitude.

A simple project such as an envelope pillow cover can be completed in one day by novices, but a more complex project like a couch cover will require more time.

Curtains offer a great way to be creative. You can use clips to hem your fabric or add grommets, fabric loops, or other labor-intensive hanging options.

Need:

  • Choose your fabric
  • Measure tape
  • Accessories and sewing machine
  • Thread
  • This list does not include enough information about sewing to provide a comprehensive understanding of the subject.

10. Make Your Dream Pieces

You can DIY furniture and storage items if you have the space. This is a great option for renters with limited or awkward space. To make the most of your space, you can create multi-functional and custom-sized items such as bookshelves or storage benches.

Need:

  • A plan
  • It's not true.
  • Wood is probably what you will need.
  • Power tools, definitely
  • A concrete plan is required for a detailed material list.

These home improvement projects are easy to do in winter. Don't wait for spring! You might be surprised at how much you can create in your living space by spring if you don't start right away.


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Jane Williams By, Jane Williams
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