Good­bye spring clean­ing, hello win­ter re­fresh!

Cecil Whig - - REAL ESTATE - Sim­ple up­dates with big im­pact

— Ev­ery year, home­own­ers anx­iously await spring to re­fresh and re­set their homes. But what if we cap­i­tal­ized on all the time spent in­doors dur­ing win­ter to take con­trol of home im­prove­ments ahead of time in­stead? With a lit­tle thought­ful plan­ning, you’ll not only be able to give your space a sim­ple face lift but also en­joy spring when it comes around and be out­side, soak­ing up the weather!

Many home­own­ers agree that the colder months are the per­fect time to cross home im­prove­ment projects off the list, feel­ing more mo­ti­vated to work on them dur­ing this time of year, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey (online sur­vey con­ducted in Septem­ber, 2018, of 1,000 U.S. home­own­ers, ages 18+, in part­ner­ship with Lu­cid, on be­half of May­tag). A whop­ping 78 per­cent of home­own­ers plan to make some type of home im­prove­ment in the next three to six months and young home­own­ers are even more mo­ti­vated, with 87 per­cent of mil­len­ni­als plan­ning to give their spa­ces some ten­der lov­ing care dur­ing the same time frame.


En­hanc­ing your home’s value and func­tion­al­ity does not re­quire a full-blown re­model. Strate­gic up­dates can make a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact and can be com­pleted in just a few days. Con­sider these smart, no sweat home up­dates while stay­ing cozy in­doors.

Dated ap­pli­ances can steal from a space’s po­ten­tial; a sim­ple swap can com­pletely trans­form the aes­thetic of a room, tak­ing it from vin­tage to pol­ished in a snap. Thanks to May­tag, you don’t have to sac­ri­fice func­tion for style. Whether you’re par­tial to French door or side-by-side re­frig­er­a­tors, front load or top load wash­ers, ex­plore sleek op­tions at www.may­ With a few thought­ful changes, you have the power to turn your home into the space you’ve al­ways dreamed of.

While you may not be ready to jump on the min­i­mal­ist band wagon, be in­spired by the move­ment and re­move un­nec­es­sary items from your home. Do­nate or sell trin­kets and gad­gets you don’t use and fo­cus on or­ga­niz­ing what’s left. Con­sider stor­age so­lu­tions like closet or­ga­niz­ers and kitchen pull-outs that make or­ga­ni­za­tion seam­less. There’s no greater joy than com­ing home to a clean, tidy and truly clut­ter-free space.

A fresh coat of paint is an af­ford­able up­date for any room, and with a lit­tle el­bow grease, you can eas­ily com­plete this project in a week­end. Whether you

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paint all the walls in your bed­room or just one to cre­ate a fo­cal wall, you can cus­tom­ize this project to your per­sonal tastes and preferences. While you’re at it, why not paint the ceil­ing too? A fresh coat of white paint can in­stantly el­e­vate a space by bet­ter re­flect­ing light.

The kitchen and bath­rooms are typ­i­cally the most fre­quented rooms in a home. The hard­ware in these spa­ces might seem like an af­ter­thought, but if you want to add a lit­tle piz­zazz with min­i­mal effort, fo­cus here. Styles go in and out of fash­ion and hard­ware be­comes drab with ev­ery­day wear and tear. Re­place knobs, han­dles and hooks with a new look that re­flects your per­son­al­ity. Brushed met­als have main­tained pop­u­lar­ity, and brass is poised to make a come­back. Other ma­te­ri­als like wood and glass are pop­u­lar for hard­ware, too.

Whether you love it or can’t get through it quickly enough, win­ter is a per­fect time to take on home im­prove­ments that are sim­ple and achiev­able; about three in four home­own­ers would rather com­plete home ren­o­va­tions dur­ing the fall and win­ter so they can travel in the spring and sum­mer. With these handy tips, you have the knowl­edge and power to re­ju­ve­nate your home and make this win­ter a pro­duc­tive one. Up­date now, so you can re­lax later!

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