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5 Home Improvement Projects to Tackle this Winter

We're all spending more time at home lately, so it only makes sense to make your space as comfortable and inviting as possible!

While spring and summer are the most popular seasons for remodeling, winter is also a great time to spruce up your home. Plus, if you're planning to sell your home in the warmer months, you can get a head start on fixing up your home now.

Check out these smart home improvement tasks to tackle this winter:

#1: Add a fresh coat of paint

Paint is an inexpensive and easy update that can make your home feel brand new! Besides painting walls, you can paint or stain doors, cabinets, paneling and even old tile.

During the winter, paint dries faster because there's less humidity in the air. You may also be able to find better deals on paint in the winter since professional paint services tend to be less busy in the colder months.

#2: Seal air leaks

Winter is an ideal time to seal any openings around your windows, doors, pipes and vents. According to EnergyStar, homeowners can save an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs by sealing air leaks throughout the house!

#3: Upgrade your kitchen countertops

The kitchen is the heart of the home for many families. If you're ready to restyle your kitchen, it's a good idea to start with small, cost-effective upgrades, like your countertops. For example, sand, paint and refinish outdated wood or linoleum counters. Or, cover up countertops with wood, metal, concrete or tile. Even minor kitchen renovations can make your space more enjoyable while adding value to your home!

#4: Replace carpeting or install hardwood

Stains, pets, and everyday wear and tear can take a toll on your carpet. If your carpeting has seen better days, it could be time to replace it! Installing new carpet will give your home a new look and feel while helping insulate your home in the winter months.

If you're tired of cleaning and vacuuming carpet, consider upgrading to hardwood flooring. While it tends to be more expensive than carpeting, hardwood flooring can be more durable and easy to clean. Wood floors are also popular among today's homebuyers, so you may increase your home's appeal if you make a flooring upgrade.

#5: Beautify your basement

Add extra usable space to your home for your family and friends to enjoy by finishing your basement. You could turn your basement into a home theater, game room, office or gym, kids' playroom or even a spare bedroom for guests. Renovating your basement is also a smart way to boost your home's resale value. On average, finishing a basement provides a return of 70% of your investment!

Borrow smarter for home renovation projects with Wright-Patt Credit Union

No matter what home renovation projects you're hoping to cross off your to-do list this winter, Wright-Patt Credit Union (WPCU) is here to help you borrow smarter! Our home equity line of credit (HELOC) offers low rates and convenient access to your funds, making it easy to use your home's equity to pay for renovations. 

Learn more about WPCU's Home Equity Line of Credit and apply online.