(BPT) - While temperatures continue to drop and we prepare to spend more time at home this winter, it’s the perfect opportunity to take on small improvement projects that can transform various areas of your home. Whether you’re a home reno beginner or a pro, anyone can tackle these eight DIY projects while staying warm, cozy and safe at home this winter.
1. Patch holes in the drywall
Drywall damage is a common but unsightly part of maintaining a home. Whether the hole is as small as a picture frame nail or as large as a doorknob, DAP’s new Eclipse™ Rapid Wall Repair Patch makes repairing drywall damage a fast and mess-free project anyone can accomplish. Simply place the patch over the damaged area and it’s ready to paint immediately, allowing projects to be finished in minutes, rather than hours or days.
2. Repaint interior rooms
Walls inevitability collect scuffs and scratches over time. For a change of scenery, try adding a fresh coat of paint in areas of the home that receive the most foot traffic, such as the living room or kitchen, to make the entire house feel fresh, clean and new.
3. Refresh the bathroom
For a quick and easy bathroom DIY project, replace stained or worn-down caulk to give the entire bathroom a fresh look using DAP’s Kwik Seal Ultra Advanced Siliconized Sealant. Backed by a lifetime mold- and mildew-resistance guarantee, Kwik Seal Ultra repels water, dirt and stains so the sealant stays looking clean, fresh and new. It’s safe for all surfaces and ready for water exposure in just four hours.
4. Update lighting
Something as simple as updating the light fixtures throughout your home can create a major impact on your space. Switching outdated light fixtures for more modern designs can boost the style and functionality of your home’s interior.
5. Seal windows and doors
Having small gaps and cracks around windows and doors allows unwanted cold air to creep inside your home. Replace worn caulk with a weatherproof, waterproof sealant that won’t crack over time, like DAP’s Dynaflex Ultra™ Advanced Exterior Sealant, to keep your home warm and heating system effective.
6. Replace the furnace filter
During the winter months when you’re utilizing your heating system, furnace filters should typically be changed out every month. Regularly changing the filters can help keep your home’s air quality high and energy bills low.
7. Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
This task should be on your monthly home maintenance checklist, but it’s especially important during the winter season when home fire and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning incidents increase. Keep your home and family protected by ensuring the smoke and CO alarms in your home are working properly.
8. Improve insulation
Your home’s insulation deteriorates over time, so it’s helpful to add more material in areas such as the attic, crawl space and any exposed areas of the deck. Additionally, install an insulating cover over your attic opening to help keep the heat inside.