- Tips to Lower your Electric BillPosted: 12 months ago
- 5 Easy Home Improvement Projects & Upgrades For the WinterPosted: 12 months ago
- Benefits to buying in the winterPosted: 12 months ago
- Cash In with a Cash-Out RefinancePosted: 1 year ago
- Mortgage MythsPosted: 2 years ago
- Q&A: All About Flooring — Hardwood, Carpeting, Tiling, LaminatePosted: 2 years ago
- Tip: 3 Foolproof Social Media Marketing TipsPosted: 2 years ago
- Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Holiday DinnerPosted: 2 years ago
- Is a Mortgage Refinance Right for You?Posted: 2 years ago
- Check Your Disaster Supplies KitPosted: 2 years ago
- Create an Early Holiday Shopping BudgetPosted: 2 years ago
- 9 Ways to Make Moving Day EasierPosted: 2 years ago
- July 2018 Market Update – Twins Cities RegionPosted: 2 years ago
- Fall Homeowners ChecklistPosted: 2 years ago
- Scam Alert: Spoofed IRS Phone NumbersPosted: 2 years ago
- 15 Years of First Class MortgagePosted: 2 years ago
- How to buy a second homePosted: 2 years ago
- Q&A: Lawn Watering SecretsPosted: 2 years ago
- Troubleshoot Your Air ConditioningPosted: 2 years ago
- Your Mortgage, What to Expect: Clear To ClosePosted: 2 years ago
- Twins Cities Region Monthly Indicators – APRIL 2018Posted: 2 years ago
- Your Mortgage, What to Expect: UnderwritingPosted: 2 years ago
- Your Mortgage, What To Expect: Property AppraisalPosted: 2 years ago
- 3 Tips to Improve your Credit Score and Score a Lower Interest RatePosted: 2 years ago
- Changing Interest Rates Have A High Impact On Purchasing PowerPosted: 3 years ago
- The Myth of Multiple Mortgage Credit InquiriesPosted: 3 years ago
- Things to do BEFORE you buy a home.Posted: 3 years ago
- March Tech Tip: Pack Smarter With PackPointPosted: 3 years ago
- 4 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage EarlyPosted: 3 years ago
- Clean House in a HurryPosted: 3 years ago
- Your Mortgage, What To Expect: Document ReviewPosted: 3 years ago
- Chill Winter Utility BillsPosted: 3 years ago
- Six Tips to Help Your Home Sell This FallPosted: 3 years ago
- 4 Things to Know About Closing CostsPosted: 3 years ago
- Understanding Your Credit ScorePosted: 3 years ago
- Equifax Data Breach: What should you do now?Posted: 3 years ago
- Should You Refinance Your FHA to a Conventional Loan?Posted: 3 years ago
- 6 Ways to Save on Paint ProjectsPosted: 3 years ago
- Q&A: Mortgage InsurancePosted: 3 years ago
- How to Keep Your House Cool this SummerPosted: 3 years ago
- Mortgage Education: “What’s the Point?”Posted: 3 years ago
- Q&A: Spotting a Spoof SitePosted: 3 years ago
- Moving ChecklistPosted: 3 years ago
- Squash Marital Money SquabblesPosted: 3 years ago
- April 2017: Twin Cities Real Estate Market UpdatePosted: 3 years ago
- Your Spring Guide to Home StagingPosted: 3 years ago
- March 2017: Twin Cities Real Estate Market UpdatePosted: 4 years ago
- Don’t be a Victim — Four Ways Protect Yourself from Refinance ScamsPosted: 4 years ago
- Local Market Update: Minneapolis Area Association of RealtorsPosted: 4 years ago
- First-Time Homebuyers: Where to startPosted: 4 years ago
- Dear First Class Mortgage:Posted: 4 years ago
- First Class Mortgage. Our Expertise, Your Peace of Mind.Posted: 4 years ago
5 Easy Home Improvement Projects & Upgrades For the WinterPosted by
Before you throw your hands up in despair, why not break the monotony by working on your house? After all, you’re stuck inside anyway, and you’re probably searching for something to do that doesn’t involve watching endless reruns of Glee while eating any carb that will stand still. Plus, some home improvement projects will increase your property value, save money on your utility bills, and potentially prevent larger, more expensive issues from developing.
Here are some easy winter projects you might want to tackle before spring hits.
You’ve been staring at your neutral colored walls every day for months. Want to brighten your mood? Try repainting! Go with a bright, cheery color to liven things up.Make sure you crack open the windows to let in fresh air while you’re painting. Or, consider going with an eco-friendly, low-VOC paint so you don’t have to worry about breathing in toxic fumes.
- Work on Your Floors
Is your carpet threadbare? Are your hardwood floors freezing your feet? Putting in carpet is a great winter project because it can increase the comfort of your home dramatically.Whether you do it yourself or have it installed, remember: the off-gassing from new carpet is tremendous. Make sure you open windows to allow those toxic fumes to escape. You can also ask your carpet retailer to air out the carpet several days before they install it in your home.If you don’t like carpeting, there are plenty of other home flooring ideas such as tile and laminate that you could also consider.
When Spring gets here, you’re not going to want to spend your time sifting through those piles of junk in your basement. You’ll want to be outside, enjoying the fresh air.Winter is a great time to work on getting organized. So, devote time every week to decluttering in general and organizing what you decide to keep.
Tip: Don’t try to tackle the entire house at once. Do this and you’ll find yourself with a broken spirit, huddled on the couch looking for the remote. Start small, and go slow. Focus on one shelf, or one corner, and work until you’ve got that space looking exactly how you want. This way you’ll be able to see the progress you’re making.
- Look at Your Bathroom
Is your grout gunky with unsightly mildew? Is your sink hopelessly outdated? Are you over the pale green paint you put on the walls three years ago?Updates like replacing a faucet, re-grouting tile, or repainting are relatively easy for the do-it-yourselfer. But if you get more ambitious (like, you want to replace the tile floor or buy a new toilet) you might want to call in professional help. Your sanity will thank you.
- Add Insulation
Okay, so adding insulation doesn’t exactly make your heart pound with excitement. But it will lower your utility bills, and help make your home more comfortable and eco-friendly.Crawl up into your attic. If you can see the floor joists, then you need more insulation. Since heat rises, you could save quite a bit by adding another layer of insulation up there. You can also add insulation in your basement and in crawlspaces to prevent heat loss there as well.
It’s easy to get cabin fever this time of year. We’re all going through it. But working on home projects is a great way to keep yourself active, add value to your home, and beautify or improve your living space. It’s a win-win!