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7 Super Affordable Home Renovations That You Can Do While It’s Cold Outside

Posted by Wil Jackson on November 27, 2016 at 1:55 PM

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As we move into the time of year where colder temperatures make outdoor renovations a lot more difficult in many parts of the country, we can still find plenty of ways for homeowners to add value to their properties without freezing to death.

But just finding the most powerful ways to improve a property isn’t going to be enough. Anyone could do that. We want to focus on how we can make a dramatic impact on the interior of a home without spending an arm and a leg to do so.


At least that was our thinking when we came up with these 7 super affordable home renovations that you can do while it’s cold outside.

Paint the Kitchen Cabinets

They say that a simple can of paint is the easiest and cheapest way to dramatically improve just about any room in the house. And that’s even more true when we are talking about the kitchen.

On top of painting the walls in your kitchen, taking the time to paint the cabinets will add a fresh new look to the room for only a fraction of the cost that would be required to replace them.

Detail Stuff: Outlet Covers and Cabinet Knobs

Another great project for the winter months is to focus on all of the little details that we never seem to have time for when we are outside working on our home’s curb appeal.

This could include updating little things like outlet covers and the knobs on various cabinets. Both of these are relatively inexpensive projects that can be completed in a short amount of time, but still provide a serious impact on your home.

DIY Flooring

Speaking of something that can have a serious impact, updating the flooring in one or more rooms of your house this year will do exactly that. But paying someone else to install new flooring is definitely not going to fall into the “affordable” category.

However, if you have a little bit of know-how and are willing to watch a few YouTube videos, you can learn how to lay ceramic tile or laminate flooring in no time at all. And putting in your new floors on your own will save you some serious cash. 

Organize Your Hidden Spaces

Another project that is great for the colder months is taking some time to organize and update those spaces that you don’t want your guests to see. For you, this might be the walk-in closet upstairs, the coat closet in the entryway, or the entire basement.

No matter which spaces we are talking about, the idea here is to go through them and get rid of all of the junk that you don’t need anymore. Then you can update them with modern shelving and storage solutions and create a space you can show off, instead of hide.

Update Older Light Fixtures

The right light fixture can make just about any room into something special. And one great way to update your home on the inside over a winter weekend is to change a couple of light fixtures.

You can start by looking at the different light fixtures available through your local hardware store, but in order to find really unique conversation pieces, you are going to want to spend some time searching EBay and Craigslist, as well as your local antique stores.

Install a New Bathroom Vanity

Renovating your entire bathroom from top to bottom is another high-impact renovation that also comes with a high price tag. One way to get most of the value for a fraction of the cost is to replace just the vanity.

Your local home improvement store will have a number of great options that all come at affordable prices, and you can learn how to install a new vanity yourself in no time at all.

Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater

If you live in a colder climate, you are probably used to seeing your utility bills spike during the winter months. One way to counteract this increase is to install an energy efficient tankless water heater so that you don’t waste utilities heating water when you aren’t using it.

Regardless of the time of year, the temperature outside, or how much money you have available, there is always something that you could be doing to improve your home. And when the time comes to sell, these improvements are going to pay serious dividends.


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