There are plenty of jobs that can be done despite the cold temperature and below are just a few that you should take a look at.
Roll Out New Insulation
When it’s cold outside, it is a good time to upgrade your home insulation to help keep it warm on the inside. If you notice large icicles handing from your eaves in winter or the house seems to heat up quickly in the summer, it is probably time to look at the attic insulation. Summer heat makes getting into your attic very difficult, so use the winter cool to complete this upgrade. New insulation is a great way to save money and keep warm.
Warm Up to a New Furnace
If you have good insulation in place and you still find it a bit chilly in the house, it may be time to upgrade your home furnace. Like anything else furnaces age and grow more inefficient over time. A two decade old furnace is not only causing you to have chilly toes, it also causes higher heating bills. A furnace room can also make an awesome "man-cave" location with very little effort by adding a big-screen tv, surround sound speakers, and a quality gaming system.
Replace Worn Out or Stained Flooring
Despite your best efforts to keep your carpet and hardwood safe over the years, they will eventually need replacing. New flooring technologies make them more durable and faster to install. Keep in mind that different rooms use different types of flooring. A nice hardwood floor that is stylish and elegant in the living room would be a disaster in the kitchen or bathroom where water leaks could ruin it. Those rooms that face possible water spills would be better served with tile or vinyl flooring.
Modernize the Kitchen
Designers know that kitchens and baths are the areas in a home where you can tell if money has been well spent or not. The latest in materials can make countertops and cabinets lightweight, sturdy, and easier than ever to maintain. New kitchen track lighting with bright LED bulbs above those cabinets will really show off a new decorative tiled backsplash. If you have enough room, a kitchen island would give you added counter space. Islands can also have extra sinks or stove burners. Consider getting some major renovations this winter as it can really add to the value of your home as well as the aesthetic.
Make Your Bathroom a Place to Truly Relax
You’ve made the home cozy and stylish, so relax in comfort with a newly upgraded bathtub. You don’t have to have a large bathroom to update the tub, sink, vanity, and toilet to the most modern of style and technology. Low volume shower heads and flush valves can help save money on your water bill each month. Space saving fixtures such as a half-width vanity and shelves really make a small bathroom open up.
This winter, your creative side does not have to stay dormant. It’s great if you feel able to tackle these on your own, but don’t hesitate to call in the experts. Most of the time, a good contractor can do the job faster and with greater skill for only a little bit more cost.