Winter Indoor House Projects

For many homeowners who are either looking to sell and want to put in a little extra work to maximize the value of their home, or for the do-it-yourselfer who always sees something to improve, winter is a time to rest and procrastinate. After all, when you factor in the cold and the snow, what kind of work can you do on your home?

 

It turns out you can do quite a bit. These five winter projects will not only add value to your home but they will also help relieve some of the wintry jitters that catch up to you when you can't keep as busy as you do during the warmer months.

Give your walls a new look

Winter is a great time to give your walls a makeover. This can mean many different things. Most obviously it means that it's time to paint, but don’t limit yourself there. It may be bold to suggest this, but there is some evidence that wallpaper is making a comeback; when done tastefully, it can really enhance your entire space.

Add a backsplash to the kitchen

You may have noticed how every modern kitchen upgrade now seems to involve a backsplash of some sort. If you’ve been meaning to add a backsplash to your kitchen, there’s never been a better time than now. Not only is it an in-demand look, but installing one is easier than ever. If you don’t have the time or the money to tile in a backsplash, hundreds of adhesive options exist, requiring only that you peel and stick for a professional look.

Let in the light

Oftentimes a room's lighting determines what we think of it. Even a meticulously designed room with European furniture can look glum in poor lighting. With shorter days and longer nights, winter has probably made you a little eager for more light in your life. The solution is easy: simply install new a fixture, such as a chandelier, a sconce or lamp to add decoration and brighten up your living space.

Let those doors live a little

Doors aren’t just for opening and closing. They can really make a statement in a home if you take just a little time to paint and care for them. This might mean refinishing an old wooden door or painting a dull, white door green or red  a color that really pops. Another small detail that can make a big difference lies in changing the door handle.

Declutter

This may be the simplest but most difficult suggestion on the list. After all, it requires you to make a decision and get rid of the things you don’t use or need. It’s not easy, of course. Our advice is to take it one room at a time. Start with the entryway or the mudroom, and then set up a storage system to avoid piles of boots and scarves. If you have a new pair of boots, get rid of the old ones! Keeping them around will only create a bigger mess.

These 5 ideas are only the tip of the iceberg. The important thing to remember is that you still have plenty to do in winter. For more tips on how you can maximize the value of your home during winter, or at any time of the year, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® to get expert advice and experience that will help you get the most out of selling your home.?

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