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Home improvement trends for the winter months

Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 10:35:52 AM

Despite what some homeowners may believe, the winter is for more than just sitting inside and trying to stay warm. While outdoor improvements are often put on hold until the temperature warms up, there are still plenty of tasks to do inside which can save money and increase a house's energy efficiency.

Those looking to start a renovation project may want to consider affordable home improvement financing. Smart changes could increase value while cutting back on heating expenses. Brian Bolger, lead contractor with Pennsylvania-based Bolger Design & Remodeling, explained some ideal upgrades to PennLive.

For example, Bolger recommended focusing on the walls. New trim, updated crown molding and even a fresh coat of paint can make a big difference.

"Contrary to what many homeowners might believe, you can use paint in your home without opening up every window as long it's an environmentally friendly and waterborne paint, which has virtually no fumes," he told the news source. "Plus, the dryness of the colder months can actually produce faster results."

In addition, spending home improvement financing on extra insulation might also be a good idea, according to CNBC. A lot of heating can escape in the winter without it. Therefore, the attic is the first place to check. Also, drafty windows and doors might need more weatherproofing.