It seems winter has finally arrived in Minnesota, and outdoor projects have to be put on hold until spring. But that means there's more time to complete some of the indoor projects that can increase your home’s value.
Can’t think of any projects? We’ve got you covered! Here are some budget-friendly ideas for interior winter home improvement projects.
Painting is probably the least expensive of the winter home improvement projects. Paint is like duct tape. It fixes everything. If you plan on selling your home in the near future, go with white paint as this allows prospective buyers to choose their own paint scheme, essentially giving them a clean canvas (yep, we said it).
If you think you’re going to sell your home eventually, but you’re not ready to move just yet, go with neutral colors like beige, grey, or cream when choosing paint because they work well with just about any color décor and appeal to more homebuyers when the time comes to sell.
Interconnected appliances that can be controlled with a single tap in a phone app are what prospective homebuyers want. Installing a programmable thermostat is one of those winter home improvement projects that has twice the impact. It will cut energy costs for you and will appeal to homebuyers looking for a smart home.
Fix Air Leaks and Seal Openings
Sealing up air leaks around your home is also an affordable and easy home improvement project you can tackle in winter. Caulk is cheap and can make a huge difference in your energy bill. It can also help soundproof your home.
Walk around your home and make sure the doors are properly caulked and double check seals around windows, resealing them if necessary. Vents and pipe openings are another commonly missed area.
Also, be sure to check your bathroom. The seals around the tub or shower and bathroom sink tend to break down after years of use and need a little TLC. Resealing these areas can help prevent the buildup of mold and mildew.
Another easy way to winterize your home and help boost your home’s energy efficiency is to re-insulate your attic. Insulation can degrade over time, depending on when your home was built. Upgrading your insulation can help lower energy costs while making your home’s climate more comfortable. Another perk to insulating the attic? It’s eligible for up to $500 in tax credits.
Before you start this project, get a home energy audit, which can help identify trouble areas and the best way to fix them.
Add a Backsplash to Your Kitchen or Bathroom
Small details can really make a difference in a home sale. A backsplash is a fairly affordable upgrade to any home. It can also make your countertops pop and add a bit of character to your kitchen or bathroom.
You will need some patience to complete this project, and the cost will vary depending on how large the area is that you plan to tile and what type of tile you choose.
Put Up Some Crown Molding
Adding crown molding to your home is another one of those winter home improvement projects that shows attention to detail and can add big value as well as style to your home.
You’ll need a few tools which can be rented through a home improvement store like Home Depot (which actually has a tutorial for installing crown molding). Like the backsplash, this project will require a bit of patience to get it right, but is well worth the time.
Upgrade Your Doors
Doors can have a huge impact on the look of your home, and we’re not just talking about your front door. Interior doors can be an eyesore if neglected. Upgrading your doors is one of the easiest winter home improvement projects that doesn’t require a lot of time.
You can simply paint the doors (remember what we said about paint?) or you can replace them altogether. Although painting is the cheaper option, if your home is older and the doors were not well cared for, replacing them may be the better choice in the long run.
Need supplies for your winter home improvement projects? Stop by the Twin Cities Habitat ReStore! We have paint and all the supplies, caulk, tiles, doors, tools, cleaning supplies, and much more.