Value-add projects to do this winter

paintingValue-add projects to do this winter

If you haven’t yet figured out how to make the most of winter, you probably dread the onset of this dismal season. With its frigid temps and long, dark days, winter tends to get a bad rap. If you’re not skiing, skating or snowboarding, what else does one do to pass the time?

Winter renovating, perhaps not as popular as spring or summer renovating, comes with many benefits. Besides offering the added value that every homeowner appreciates, tackling projects during the winter will put you in a better position to enjoy every minute of summer when it finally rolls around again. It is also a great time to get your home in as best shape as possible if your intent is to sell it in the spring.

“Homeowners planning to sell their homes in the spring are best to prepare them for sale now so that they’re ready to go come April or May,” says Phil Dorner, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. “If all that a home needs is a refresher in certain areas, ‘mini’ renos can often be done with minor inconveniences to the homeowner. You won’t even need to move out during the process.”

Dorner recommends homeowners speak to their Realtor to find out what renovations would add the greatest value and provide a return on investment. Some value-add renovations that can be done over the winter months include:

A fresh coat of paint – a fairly inexpensive project, sprucing up the walls with a fresh coat of paint is easy enough to do in the winter. In fact, cooler temperatures are ideal for paint to dry.

Renovate a basement – if you and your Realtor have determined that a basement renovation would provide a return on your investment, then doing this over the winter is a great idea. While you may encounter some dust or debris in your main floor living quarters, most of it will remain contained in the basement.

Bathroom renovation – depending on your skill and comfort level, you may be able to pull this one off without enlisting the services of a professional. If you plan on taking this renovation slowly, just make sure you have a ‘back up’ toilet and shower at your disposal.

New kitchen countertops – sometimes new countertops are all a kitchen needs to feel new again. Just be sure to keep the old one on until the new one has arrived and it’s ready to be installed.

Install new kitchen cabinets – it’s the renovation that promises the greatest return, but it can also be one of the costliest. It may also take a while to complete and cause some inconveniences. If you’re keeping the same layout you had but just getting new cabinets, it won’t be as complicated. A new kitchen layout may require moving electrical and plumbing, so just be prepared for some disturbances.

Tackling home projects when you have the time will not only prepare you for the spring selling season, but it will also keep you busy when it’s too cold to go outside.

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This article is provided by local REALTORS® and the Ontario Real Estate Association for the benefit of consumers in the real estate market.