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Home Improvement Tips

Was your New Year's resolution for 2022 to get more done around the house? The year may be almost over, but that doesn't mean you're out of time. Here are some quick and easy indoor home improvement projects, perfect for this time of year. Refresh your home's appearance just in time for the holidays with these project ideas from our real estate agents.

  • Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
    A fresh coat of paint can transform a space and give it a whole new look. Paint the walls to update your decor, or consider painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets for a faux renovation. Painting your front door is also a great way to add instant curb appeal, especially if you're planning on listing the home in the next couple of months.

  • Replace Cabinet Hardware
    If you're painting your cabinets for a mini-renovation, don't forget to upgrade the cabinet hardware! Replacing all the cabinet hardware for something more trendy and on point will help complete the new look you're going for with that fresh coat of paint. You'll have to take the hardware off the cabinets anyway when you paint, so why not replace it all and put the finishing touches on the look?

  • Update Your Kitchen Faucet
    Speaking of finishing touches, while you're giving your kitchen a mini-makeover, consider updating your faucet with something more modern and functional. Replacing the faucet is fairly easy and fast. Look for a faucet with a more updated look and modern features, such as a built-in sprayer and a taller, more arched shape to give you more room for washing large items.

  • Change Out Your Shower Head
    Replacing your shower head is a five-minute job but can make a world of difference. Give yourself the gift of luxurious showers with a trendy rain shower head, or go for something a little more functional with a detachable handheld shower head. Combine this quick upgrade with repainted cabinets, new hardware, and a new faucet, and you could have a whole new bathroom.

  • Upgrade Your Lighting Fixtures
    Dimly lit houses tend to feel dated, which is why installing new fixtures is one of the top indoor improvements recommended if you're fixing up your house to sell it. As you plan your home's new lighting, think about how to create layered lighting in every room, with overhead lighting, ambient lighting, and task lighting. While you're at it, installing dimmer switches is another good way to update your lighting.

  • Hang Curtains
    Especially as we head into winter, curtains can be a good investment, especially if you spring for insulating curtains to reduce heat loss through the windows during the colder months. In addition to the energy benefits, curtains can also improve the look of a room. Curtains hung near the ceiling that are long enough to puddle or brush the floor will create an optical illusion of higher ceilings.

  • Seal Doors and Windows
    Checking for leaks around doors and windows is another good home improvement task to take on as soon as possible. Older doors and windows are especially prone to developing gaps between them and the frame, which lets the heat in your home out while allowing drafts of cold air in. To preserve your heat and make your home more energy efficient, seal off leaks by installing weatherstripping around doors and windows. If you find cracks between the frame and the wall, those can be sealed with caulking.

  • Give Your Furnace a Tune-Up
    You're probably running the furnace more now, so it's a good time to give it a quick tune-up before the cold really sets in. Change the furnace filter so that your furnace doesn't have to work harder to "breathe" through a dirty filter. Visually inspect the furnace to make sure it's clean. If you have any concerns, call a technician to check it out and perform any needed maintenance.

  • Upgrade Your Thermostat
    This is the time of year when you may be starting to think about your energy bills going up. If you're looking for a good way to save on heating costs, installing a programmable or smart thermostat is an afternoon project worth doing. A programmable thermostat will allow you to preset temperatures based on your daily schedule, enabling you to save money by dialing back the heat at night and when no one is home. A smart thermostat learns your habits and does it all for you automatically.

  • Flush Your Water Heater
    Speaking of energy costs, heating water represents a large percentage of your household energy usage. Hot water heaters tend to get hard water deposits building up in the tank over time, and these can cause the water heater to function less efficiently. Flushing the tank will help to remove deposits, increase efficiency, and prolong the life of your water heater.

Cooler weather may have chased you inside, but it makes this a perfect time to work on some indoor home renovation projects. Planning to list your home for sale this winter? Contact us today for suggestions on what projects to prioritize.

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