Having you been feeling a little cabin fever ever since the winter chill creeped in? As Austinites, we’re not used to spending so much time inside. With our love of nature and the outdoors, winter can leave us feeling cooped up. Embarking on home improvement projects is a great way to be productive even when we’re stuck indoors. Check off things you’ve been meaning to do all year, or even get a head start on 2019 resolutions.
Here are some easy home improvement projects you can tackle in the cold that’ll make you forget about what it looks like outside:
#1 – Build a Home for Your Books
Do you have a stack of shelves sitting in a corner that you’ve been meaning to put up for what feels like forever? Winter is the perfect time to tackle any installation project you’ve been procrastinating on. For many of us, it’s the shelves we’ve envisioned on our walls since we moved in, but haven’t gotten around to, or finally starting on an old bookshelf we swore we’d fix up when we bought it. Installing shelves is an easy way to add storage space, and renovating a vintage bookshelf is a creative way to make your books the spotlight of a room. On the next chilly day, grab your sandpaper or hammer, put on some music, and begin creating the home your books deserve.
#2 – Work on Your Walls
If you’re gonna be inside, you may as well make your home easy on the eyes. Completely change the look of a room by painting it a bold new color. You may think you can’t paint inside during the winter because you’ll need to open the windows, but there are a lot of environmentally friendly paints available without harmful fumes. These are called Low-VOC paints, (paints with low amounts of volatile organic compounds). And, since colder months are drier, your paint job will dry faster!
It’s also a great time to take down any wallpaper you’re not in love with, or to put some up if you’ve always wanted a statement wall. Again, put on a record, your favorite album, or the latest installment of the podcast you’ve been wanting to catch up and get into a meditative mood as you transform your living space for little money.
#3- Seal Up Your House and Keep the Heat In
Sealing up any openings and air leaks in your home with caulk, waterproofsealant or wheaterstripping will improve your energy consumption and lower your utility bills. It can also help control humidity, limit outside noise, and reduce the amount of pollen, dust, and insects that come in. Inspect your house for any openings you can cover; pay attention to doors, windows, pipes, and vents.
#4 – Power Wash Your Home
You know what the easiest kind of winter home improvement project there is? The kind that you leave in the hands of professionals. Contrary to popular belief, winter is a great time to get your home power washed. Power washing your home is the most cost-efficient home improvement project you can take up. It increases your property value, restores curb appeal, keeps your family safe from mold and mildew and prevents structural damage.
Westlake Home & Commercial Services offers power washing service for any surface on any type of property. We have over 17 years experience making our customers in Austin happy. Click the button below or call us at (512) 280-1649 today for a free, no obligation estimate.