Focusing on DIY projects that may add value to your home can be a great way to keep your honey do list alive and kicking! Let’s explore a few simple, inexpensive projects that can be completed in a relatively short amount of time.
One winter-perfect upgrade to consider: Build a DIY fire pit so that you and your guests can roast marshmallows and relax in the cozy comfort of your backyard. You can also add some extra ambiance by hanging energy-efficient LED outdoor string lights that change from white to colorful. These are festive enough for the holidays, but also versatile enough to use year-round. Or, if you’d rather curl up by an indoor fire, channel your DIY energy into a fireplace upgrade. Adding a wooden beam to the top of your mantel can add an extra layer of coziness. Alternatively, re-tiling or painting your fireplace surround can lend contemporary flair.
Just be sure to stick to DIY projects that you know you can do a quality job on—especially if your changes will be difficult to reverse. Feel free to reach out for a free assessment to find out how your planned renovations could impact your home’s resale value.
Invest in Home Maintenance Projects That Cut Your Utility Bills
You can save money by completing basic home maintenance tasks , such as swapping your furnace filter and updating your lightbulbs. But if you really want to lower your bills this winter, consider projects that make your home more energy efficient. According to the EPA, 9 out of 10 homes in the U.S. are under-insulated, which wastes energy and money.7 Luckily, there are plenty of DIY insulation projects that you can complete in just a few days. For example, the EPA offers guides on how to:
- Insulate your attic or basement crawl space
- Weatherstrip doors and windows
- Seal areas around the house that may be leaking air, including electrical outlets and fireplaces
The savings you get from these projects can really add up. The EPA estimates that sealing and insulating your ducts can make your HVAC system up to 20% more efficient. And thanks to new provisions from the Inflation Reduction Act, you can also save a bundle this year by investing in certain energy-efficient upgrades and claiming a tax credit. Be sure to check with us about any local rebates and incentives that may be available, too, before getting started on a project.
What better winter investment than to work on a few DIY projects that may add value to your home? Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram for more resources, tips and tricks about all things real estate.
Save money by completing home maintenance tasks and projects