The holidays are in full swing, and with them, the most challenging year we’ve ever had to face. It’s likely that with sheltering at home, your house saw more wear and tear in 2020 than in any other year up until now. This would be a great time to do a quick assessment of the things around your place that could use a touch-up or some repair.
Consider replacing door and cabinet hardware. This is a quick and inexpensive way to give your kitchen, bathroom and other areas a facelift with new door handles, locksets and cabinetry hardware.
If you haven’t already installed programmable thermostats, it’s time to consider making the change. This improvement project enables homeowners to customize heating and cooling to suit their needs and save as much as 10% on heating bills in the process.
And speaking of saving money on heating, how well insulated is your house? Consider engaging the services of a home energy auditor to determine just exactly where your greatest heat loss is occurring. The average cost of a professional audit is just around $400, but it can easily pay off in the long run. Or check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s website for tips on how to conduct your own audit, if you’d prefer to avoid paying a professional to do the job for you. Your attic is the most likely culprit, but the seams around doors and windows are possible causes, as well. Applying some caulking or installing weatherstripping can go long way toward keeping in the heat in winter and the cooler air in summer.
Insulating your attic is a considerably and more expensive project, of course, but well worth it in the long run. It will lower your energy bill 5 to 10 percent each month.
Are you looking to refurbish a room or two without spending a lot? Crown molding is a great way to give a room a facelift without a lot of time and trouble. You might also consider refurbishing a door with a fresh coat of paint, changing out the knobs, or even adding a bit of molding to give it a sense of dimension.
These are just a few suggestions for a mid-winter home upgrade. Most can be accomplished in a day or less. And if your own craft skills aren’t quite up to the challenge, remember that you can always call your local Ace Handyman Services office to arrange for a visit from a helpful, courteous and professional Craftsman to help you love your home just a little bit more in 2021!