There is nothing better than curling up on the sofa in your warm home when the weather turns cold. And, after the holidays the last thing on your mind is getting out the tools to check off your honey-do list.
However, the winter months are the ideal time to complete home improvement and maintenance projects, especially if you’re planning to list your home in the spring or summer. NOW is the time to get started with your home prep. We asked our top agents and these are the top 5 winter home projects to get started on to improve your home’s value when you are ready to sell.
Give rooms, paneling, or cabinetry a fresh coat of paint. Paint is an inexpensive way to update your home to get ahead of the spring market. Many things can be painted to give your home a fresh look, tile, paneling, cabinets. Sprucing up these items can make a big difference. Pro tip: Manufacturers offer the best deals on paint during the late fall and winter.
Get Your Lawn Ready For Spring
Do you want to have the best lawn on the block? Preparing your yard in the fall and early winter guarantees a lush and beautiful lawn in the spring. Bermuda and bluegrass are two “cool season” types of grass that should be fertilized before the first freeze. To ensure that the grass won’t grow too tall in winter, and offer mice and other burrowing animals a warm hideout, be sure to mow the lawn before the first freeze. Be sure to pick up any items in the yard (logs, toys, furniture) before it begins to snow, as these can create dead spots in the grass in the spring.
Looking for a way to save on utility bills? Adding home insulation can improve your home’s energy efficiency. While it isn’t the most exciting project, it could help make your home more energy-efficient which will benefit you by saving money in the long run. Start by checking your attic, basement, and crawl space to see if more insulation is needed.
Install A Programmable Thermostat
This is a simple do-it-yourself project that will end up paying off in the long run by increasing the energy efficiency of your home. The thermostats are wi-fi enabled and automatically adjust heating and cooling temperature settings in your home for optimal performance. They can also learn your temperature preferences and establish a schedule that automatically adjusts to energy-saving temperatures when you are asleep or away. There are many options available to fit any budget or lifestyle.
Channel Your Inner Marie Kondo
When Spring and Summer get here, you’re not going to want to spend your time going through the piles of junk in your basement, you’ll want to be outside, enjoying the fresh, warm air. Marie Kondo was the rage last year, and we gave our top lessons we learned from her here. Take a page from Marie Kondo’s book and tidy up! Winter is the perfect time to work on getting organized. Pro tip: Don’t try to tackle the entire house at once. Start small, and go slow.
These top 5 winter home projects are the perfect start to getting your home refreshed. Are you looking for advice on how to get your home ready to sell for the lest price this spring or summer? Give us a call and we can connect you with a professional, knowledgeable agent today.