The new year is here! It is now time to finish those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off. Excited about an easy and new look? We have everything that you need! Want to add some additional functionality to your space? We thought of that too! Want to be prepared in case of emergencies? We have the tips to get you winter ready! We here at Crafty Beaver in Chicago and Skokie have been reading of some of the easiest ways you can progress the look and value of your home. So with that said, let’s take a quick look.

#1 | Supplant antiquated lighting

We’re not just telling you to make the switch from incandescent to LED, but upgrading your home’s lighting fixtures. A simple lighting fixture upgrade can make a room appear ages newer. help you to acquire a much higher value classification on your next house appraisal!

#2 | Pre-plan for the worst with a new Emergency Generator

replace windowsIn the case of emergencies a standby generator could be a lifesaver. It wasn’t too long ago when, home generators and portable generators alike were in short supply due to natural disasters such as blizzards. If you are landlocked keep in mind that severe weather could be the difference between heating or cooling your home during an emergency. Or in some cases, just generating enough electricy to operate your refrigerator could make a world of a difference. .The downside is that generators can become a costly investment. Be sure to find one that fits your basic needs without breaking the bank.

#3 | Replace Old Windows and Doors

Interested in a quick way to save energy Did you ever consider replacing those old windows? Want a better way to seal and secure your home? A quick door replacement can help. These are some of the easiest ways to improve the heating and cooling functionality and look of any home. While windows may not be the low-cost recommendation, it can help you to save thousands in energy costs for both heating and cooling. On the other hand, if you want your home to feel newer, the technology that have gone into newer windows can enhance the mood of any room. As an added bonus, this is also a good investment that will increase the value of your home.

#4 | Clear Out the Winter Clutter

January is the month for a clean slate. In our busy lives, any new beginning should include excavating the disorder that has a nature of taking over our homes—and lives. Then there’s those over cluttered basements, garages, and sheds. While this winter hasn’t been too crazy, it’s not hard to imagine that the storms are holding off only until we forget about them. Take this opportunity to reorganizeregroup. Storage solutions from your local Crafty Beaver are just a short drive away. Reduce the clutter by organizing what you truly want. And who knows, you just might be able to make some cash by letting go of the things you no longer need. This quick rule can be applied to all the spaces that need a change. Take that attic for example, there may not be a need for the older items you have stored there as well.

#5 | Micro-Renovate Kitchen or Bath(s)

Oh No! We’ve said the dirty word! RENOVATE! It might not seem like a simple fix for the new year, but honestly, it can be quick and effortless. Narrow the job to something simple. A fresh coat of paint, new fixtures, or a simple sink upgrade can make a new look quick to achieve. You will be shocked how quickly a homes look can be altered just by adding invigorating color to a bathroom or kitchen. Pastel and matte paints are popular!

Just ask one of our friendly staff at Crafty Beaver in Chicago and Skokie for assistance, and we will be happy to help.
For more of the simpliest tips and tricks on how to improve your home, check out our blog or be sure to visit us at Crafty Beaver in Chicago and Skokie!

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