If you’re looking to sell your home this spring, you’re likely considering a few DIY projects to give your home a facelift and edge in the market. If the outdoor weather in your area keeps you stuck indoors, it’s the perfect time to tackle our list of winter home improvement projects.
If you take the time and money to invest in some energy saving projects, you’ll likely see the fruits of your labor quickly when your bills head south! Consider installing a new, programmable thermostat. This is generally an easy project and, especially if your home does not have one yet, it’ll be both a selling feature and a convenience to you. Programmable thermostats can adjust the temperature automatically throughout the day, so you can have the house ready and comfortable when you come home and save money while you’re out. Cost $30
Also filed under energy-saving, are DIY insulation projects. For example, if you wrap your water heater in some low-cost insulation, you can feel free to lower the programmable temperature. The water will stay warmer and you’ll save money. Consult your local hardware store for the best materials to use.¬† Cost $30
Winter is a great time to get your painting projects out of the way. If you’re looking to sell, do some research on techniques and colors that sell quickly. Supplies and the investment of your time will often pay off in dividends when you put your home on the market. Painting is one of the best returns you can get on your dollar!
Muddy shoes, wet weather and lots of time to stare at the floors inspired many people to replace carpeting in the winter! Many hardware stores offer tutorials on pulling up and installing carpet yourself. If you’re willing to do the labor, and shop around for a good deal on materials, your efforts here can help a house sell quickly and put less of dent in your pocket.
¬†Kitchens, Bathrooms and Basements
Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, and they can just as easily turn off a potential buyer. While you have the time indoors, you may want to consider refinishing your cabinets and updating hardware. With a little research and patience, it’s a job that can be done by anyone and will give your home an immediate facelift. This may earn you major bonus points – especially if you can’t afford a true kitchen remodel. If you can’t afford to tackle an entire ugly bathroom, pick the worst fixtures to replace, paint and update hardware and decor.
Other indoor projects are great to take on in the winter when you need a contractor’s help. Their business is generally slower¬† and you can shop around for competitive pricing. Bathrooms, kitchens and basement remodels are all great winter projects.
Even if your house is in great shape, don’t forget home organization! If you’re PCSing, downsizing or just need to cut out the clutter, now’s the time to do it and even enlist the family’s help on nasty weather days.