January Home Improvement Projects

Posted on: January 17, 2014

January is a tricky time of year for home improvement projects. It’s too cold to work outside, and the cold has already been around too long to work on preparing for cold weather. After the whirlwind of holidays, it can be tempting to sit back and skip home improvement projects in January. Resist the temptation to slack – January is a great time of year to tackle some of those indoor home improvement projects, particularly if you’re thinking of putting your home on the market in the spring.


Inspect Knobs, Pulls and Hinges

Take a few minutes to go around your house and inspect your doorknobs, cabinet pulls and hinges. Over time, these frequently-used items can become loose; take the opportunity to tighten them and ensure drawers and doors are working smoothly. Lubricate squeaky door hinges, sticky sliding door tracks and drawers that get stuck. For items that routinely loosen themselves, consider hitting it with some blue loctite.


Insulate Pipes

While we’ve had a recent blast of arctic, icy air, for many parts of the country, the coldest temperatures of the winter are just starting to arrive. Now is a great time to insulate pipes under the floor and under cabinets to make them less likely to freeze in cold temperatures. Double-check insulation around exterior pipes to make sure water can’t seep under the insulation.


Fix Wall or Ceiling Cracks

Spending all this time indoors, you’ve probably noticed a few minor wall or ceiling cracks. In most cases, the cracks are minimal and pose no danger; they’re just a natural product of your home’s aging process. For cracks along the drywall seams, remove the drywall tape, apply a piece of meshy fiberglass drywall tape, and apply a few layers for joint compound to cover the tape. Once it’s fully covered, sand the area to smooth out the texture, and then repaint. For cracks along moulding or the ceiling, use a latex paintable caulk for repairs. Smooth the bead of caulk with your finger, and paint it to match the trim once it dries.


Doing these small home improvement tasks in January can pay big dividends if you’re thinking of selling your home this spring!


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