Many people think of spring as the ideal time to complete home improvement projects. But winter can also be an excellent time to tackle projects you’ve been putting off for months, such as getting a much-needed heater tune-up.
In the winter, you’re cooped up inside more than you are during any other season. You might as well make the best use of your time indoors by improving your home. Here are a few of the top cost-effective home improvement projects to tackle this winter.
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Give your heater a tune-up
When a heater breaks down, it can cost thousands of dollars to replace. It’s much better to get a heater tune up whenever you need one than it is to neglect your heater until it breaks down.
During a furnace tune-up, the components are cleaned, moving parts are lubricated, and tests are done to ensure there are no dangerous leaks. If any parts are damaged or broken, they’re replaced at this time. Regular tune-ups can extend the life of your heater and save you money in the process.
Refresh your home with paint
Although the paint has risen in price over the years, it’s still more affordable to upgrade a room with paint than it is to undergo major renovations. If there’s a room in your home you don’t like, you can completely change its appearance with one or two coats of high-quality paint.
Give kitchen cabinets a makeover
Kitchen cabinets cost a lot of money to replace, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with outdated cabinets you no longer like. There are things you can do to upgrade the cabinets you already have for a fraction of the replacement cost.
There are now cabinet repainting kits at most hardware stores. They include special paint strippers, paint and other tools you’ll need to give your cabinets a makeover. Just keep in mind that this project will require a lot of your time. Fortunately, it won’t require a lot of your money.
Reapply your bathroom caulk
Aging caulk not only looks bad but can be a hazard as well. When caulk gets old and peels away from the edges of sinks and bathtubs, it allows bacteria or mold to find its way in. Water can also find its way into the cracks of aging caulk, which can turn framing into a mushy mess.
To prevent these problems from happening, put down a new bead of caulk wherever it’s needed. This project isn’t expensive and won’t require a lot of your time, but it will improve the looks and safety of your bathroom.
Install a kitchen backsplash
A kitchen backsplash isn’t just for looks. It can protect your walls from food splatters that might otherwise stain your paint.
If you don’t currently have a backsplash because you think it will be too expensive, consider looking for one in a more affordable, solid piece instead of multiple little pieces. You’ll not only save money but time and effort during installation as well.
Improve your home without breaking the bank
Improving your home doesn’t have to involve major renovations. To improve the way your home looks without breaking the bank, try these easy and affordable home improvement projects this winter.