Winter is the perfect time to dive into some indoor home improvement projects. Who wants to be out in the cold anyway? Instead, choose some projects that add value, convenience or beauty to your home. I’ve got a few ideas for you.
Winter is definitely the time to locate air leaks and improve the energy efficiency of your home. If the house isn’t heating as well as you’d like, and you know your heat pump isn’t the culprit, do some searching. You can add insulation to the walls, roof and crawlspace of your home. Caulk walls and windows where cold air is sneaking in. Add weather stripping to doors that aren’t sealing well. You may even consider installing a smart thermostat to control energy costs. Smart homes are becoming big draws for buyers. You’ll get your return on your investment back very quickly!
Complete General Maintenance
While not a huge project in themselves, winter is also a great time to tackle all the little things you never seem to get to. Change your air filters to improve heating efficiency and air quality. Clean your dryer vent, because when was the last time you did that? And check the batteries and functioning of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check those items right off your honey-do list!
Add a Touch of Fun
Perhaps you have been itching to add some additional personality or chic details to your home. Savor the indoor heat and install a beautiful tile backsplash in the kitchen or tile accents in the bathroom. How about installing a towel warmer in the bathroom? Everyone will thank you on cold mornings. And take note of the darker corners of your home this winter, and brighten them up! Add lamps, rearrange furniture or apply a coat of paint. (Think about adding lighting to dark closets and laundry rooms, as well, though this may qualify more as function rather than fun!)
Take on the Big Changes
We’ve got plenty of cold weeks ahead – you still have time to take on a larger project! Does your flooring need an upgrade? Buyers love to see new floors in homes. How about a fresh coat of paint for the downstairs? Brighten things up and cover up all those scuff marks. If you’re feeling really industrious, you could even take on a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Upgraded appliances, counters and tiles are such a treat. All of these projects are very noticeable to you and future homebuyers, making them well worth your while.
Whether you aim to improve your comfort or surrounding aesthetics, know that many of these projects also offer great returns on your investment. Superior insulation is highly attractive to buyers, as are updated kitchens and baths, fresh carpet and paint.
If you’d like to know more about smart projects to do when you’re planning to sell, call me! I’m happy to help you plan for a successful sale and find your next home! And when you list with me, I stage for free using your furniture.
Looking to buy or sell a home in Gainesville, Haymarket and Manassas? Call Realtor® Marcia Goodman at Samson Properties at 703-819-4776.