What are the best projects to take on during the winter?
Whether it is for your enjoyment or for the future marketability of your home, snow days are a great way to get some home improvement projects accomplished.
While others are making a mad dash for the grocery store for bread, milk and eggs prior to a predicted storm, you should head to the home improvement or hardware store to stock up on materials. The lines are shorter and the long-term benefits are more rewarding.
Start with the task that will give you the greatest feeling of accomplishment. If you feel proud and happy about the job that you have completed, it will give you the motivation to continue checking items off your list. Here are a few ideas to keep you busy during those harsh winter days.
In the kitchen, change the cabinetry hardware for a more updated look. Clean and seal the grout on the backsplash and floor. Clean out and organize the cabinets and pantry.
In the bathroom, a fresh coat of paint will make the room brighter. Clean and seal the grout. Consider changing the hardware and install a new light fixture.
In general throughout the house, swap out door knobs, clean ceiling fan blades, hang a new piece of art, renew hardwood flooring by using touch up pens that match the color or use liquids that are also available. Take a good look at the condition of the walls. Paint one room at a time or perhaps just the trim. Clean out and organize closets. Don’t forget to get a receipt for any donations to a charitable organization so that you can receive a deduction on your next tax return.
Buy some home décor magazines to get ideas for redecorating a room or two. Moving furniture around or trying furniture from a different room is also an inexpensive way to liven things up a bit.
Most of all have fun and enjoy the time you spend making your house a home for you and your family.
William Pitt Sotheby’s