When it comes to regular repairs and annual maintenance, the most persistent of homeowners tend to continue their work even as the days get shorter, temperatures drop and snow covers the ground. While their options are limited by the season, these owners have a variety of potential projects on their hands that can be carried out in the winter months.
Depending on the amount of time and effort a homeowner is willing to spend, there's a plethora of easy, yet effective winter home improvement projects and repairs available for all regardless of their level of hands-on work experience.
Popular winter home improvement projects for homeowners
Due to the fact that cold and snowy conditions pose challenges to those doing exterior home improvement work, major structural changes (such as roof remodeling to eliminate ice dams) should be avoided until the weather warms up if professional assistance is not hired, according to Radiant Solutions Company. More realistic projects for homeowners working solo include those related to heat insulation, decor, furnishings and even aspects of certain utilities.
In spite of the limitations it imposes, the cold weather brings with it the perfect opportunity to properly insulate your home, or even add a further level of insulation, as recommended by Fortune Builders. Those whose homes do not have proper insulation can start by adding some to their attic or crawl space. Leaky frames surrounding windows and doors can be sealed using caulk, waterproof sealant or weatherstripping; they can also be replaced altogether if a temporary loss of heating efficiency is permissible. Energy Star claims that proper home insulation improves home quality because it reduces humidity, outside noise intrusion and better prevents pollen and pests from entering.
Wiring, lighting and electronic features
Those who primarily work on outside projects in the warmer months may want to tackle any electrical-related issues while they have the chance during the winter - this could include the installation of new lights or a programmable thermostat. Switching out dim light bulbs with brighter ones is one way to treat seasonal affective disorder associated with less sunlight during the winter, according to Bob Vila. While they should be updated regularly as a rule of thumb, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors need to be fully operational during the winter, especially with the worst-case potential risks associated with the use of a wood stove or oil furnace.
Touch up and furnish
Homeowners can take the extra time they spend indoors to tackle any nagging minor repair or furnishing-related project ideas that were considered during the warmer months, yet neglected at the time. Due to the drier air, painting might be a viable option because it allows for a fresh coat to dry more quickly than during other times of the year. Other projects to consider include laying down new carpeting, adding decorative elements like kitchen and bathroom tiling or counters and the installation or repair of cabinets and their associated hardware.
When tending to your long-awaited winter home projects, the total cost of the proper materials and tools can add up. To see if we can help cover the cost of these operations, contact Aqua Finance today.