Nasty weather outdoors really is a poor excuse for allowing your toolbox to gather dust. External DIY may be out of the question for the time being, but what about those long-overdue jobs you could be tackling indoors?
Truth is, winter can and should be used as the perfect excuse for getting things done around the house. You’ve little to no motivation to get out and about, so it’s simply a case of making the most of your time. Best of all, tackle these niggling bits and pieces now and you’ll have way more time to enjoy when the spring and summer roll around.
The question being – where to start?
Give it enough thought and you’ll probably come up with a whole bunch of bits and pieces you can (and probably should) be doing. If not, take inspiration from one of the following suggestions – a series of simple DIY jobs to tackle during the winter:
1. Interior Painting
First up, the worst of the weather outdoors shouldn’t have any bearing on your interior decorating plans. Particularly when it comes to interior painting, which is absolutely ideal to take care of when the weather isn’t up to much. Perhaps think about refreshing the corners of the home that have been neglected for some time now. Maybe come up with an entire new color scheme for your primary living spaces, or breathe new life into your kitchen by painting your drawers and cabinets. The opportunities really are endless – all representing a great way to invest your time while there’s plenty of it to spare.
2. Re-Caulk Your Bathtub
If the protective seal around your bathtub (or anywhere else) has begun looking no less than nasty, it’s one of the easiest fixes to apply. Not to mention, important for both the safety of your home and the health of your family. Mold and mildew around the bathroom aren’t particularly beneficial at the best of times – nor are the kinds of leaks that can creep into the very structure of your home. Simply take a utility knife and cut away the existing caulk, give the whole thing a clean with disinfectant and apply a new layer when it’s nice and dry. A job that takes an hour or so to complete, for results that last years.
3. Stop Those Squeaks
Squeaky doors around the home can be irritating in the extreme. Nevertheless, the most common approach is to simply ignore the problem and hope it will go away on its own. It won’t – it will simply get worse over time. Despite the fact that it’s one of the simplest DIY jobs to tackle by far. You’ll simply need a can of spray lubricant of some kind, which can be applied directly to the squeaky hinges themselves. You’ll rarely need to go nuclear by detaching your doors and dismantling the hinges, but even if you do, it’s a simple job pretty much anyone can tackle.
4. Polish And Protect Your Woodwork
If you’ve got any real wooden surfaces around the home, now’s the perfect time to provide them with a new layer of protection. Contrary to popular belief, staining and painting wooden surfaces isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think. In fact, it’s pretty much the same process as any other type of interior painting. Use light sandpaper to create a rough surface, before applying the polish or stain of your choosing.
5. Clean Your Carpets And Rugs
Last but not least, a little time invested in cleaning your carpets and rugs will be time well spent. Soft floor coverings hide a world of hideousness from view, which can have a serious impact on the freshness of your home. Not to mention, the health and wellbeing of its occupants. Whether it’s a case of bringing in the pros or hiring the equipment you need to get the job done, there’s really no better time to show your carpets and rugs some TLC. A great way of freshening and revitalizing the home ahead of spring.
If considering an interior paint job this winter, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Contact a member of the team at Homm CPS today for more information, or to arrange a consultation with one of our experts.