Winter Time Is Home Improvement Time

Winter Time Is Home Improvement Time


Home Improvement

That cold wind blowing down out of the north can have you longing for the balmy days of summer. Ice, snow and cloudy skies can put a real damper on your outdoor activity, forcing you to stay inside for days at a time. Not everyone can escape to the Caribbean to avoid winter’s cold and as a homeowner you probably have a project or two that needs to be undertaken.

On the other hand, winter time is the perfect season to tackle home improvement projects, particularly indoor jobs that you won’t want to do when the weather outside is delightful. Setting aside the months of February and March for painting rooms, laying tile, and remodeling the bathroom means that come July and August you can kick back and enjoy your leisurely pursuits. With that in mind, let’s explore some options to help you spend your indoor time productively.

Prices Are Lower — Check your Sunday paper or simply stop by your home improvement or hardware store and you’ll find that prices on paint and related supplies are at their lowest for the year. Even bathroom fixtures, cabinetry and sinks/tubs are on sale as merchants seek to bring in consumers. Lots of people put off home improvement projects until warmer weather settles in,but if your work is indoors why not take advantage of the savings and buy what you need now? Even if you cannot tackle the job until Spring, you can save on supplies before the Spring rush begins.

Contractors Are Available — Home improvement contractors like to stay busy and the winter months are some of the slowest months for them. Many are not only looking for work, but they’re willing to offer a good price in order to do the work. DIY (do it yourself) may not be for you, so finding a qualified contractor who can offer a good price to you is one option.

Interest Rates Have Dropped — The recent cut in the fed rate means that home financing rates are also coming down. This can be especially helpful if you need to take out a home equity loan or home equity line of credit to finance a bathroom renovation, kitchen update or other interior home improvement project. Lock in your low rate now before rates start to climb as many expect will happen before the year comes to an end. Consider this: when the new presidential administration takes office next January, taxes are likely to go up, driving up other expenses too.

Time For A Facelift — Even in homes where the interior is in pristine order, there can a desire on the part of some homeowners to make changes. New bathroom fixtures, fresh wallpaper, a new area rug, or new kitchen furniture can bring the change that you want. Search online to find out what’s new in home interiors to develop a plan that reflects your tastes and is within your budget.

Yes, the groundhog may or may not see his shadow tomorrow, but that shouldn’t stop you from tacking winter home improvement projects today. Get them done now and you’ll be able to devote the warm weather months to outdoor activities including your favorite landscaping improvement projects!


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".