Tuesday, December 20, 2016

3 easy home improvement projects for Keller homeowners

During the milder months - like summer and fall - Keller homeowners naturally tend to prioritize working on the exterior of their houses, because the weather is nice. But in the winter, we're more apt to tackle smaller home improvement projects inside. This seems like a no brainer, right? After all, no one wants to redo landscaping when it's 35 degrees outside.

With that in mind, these three easy home improvement projects can help you make the most of your winter indoors.

Repaint your walls
While you're holed up inside the house decorating for the holidays or just escaping the cold, you may start noticing places on your walls in high-traffic areas with one too many scuff marks or kids' grimy handprints. Whether they come from the kids, the pets or even yourself, erasing them is quick and easy.

Primer and sealer can take care of these marks and more. Newer high-hiding products only need one hour of dry time before you apply your topcoat, so there's no need to set aside a whole weekend to cross this project off your list.

Clear grout of gunk
No matter how much cleaning you do at your house, there's one thing that's hard to keep looking clean: grout. The dirt and grime that turns your grout nasty colors can be scrubbed out, but it takes a little extra TLC.

To clean grout at your home, wipe the surface with a wet cloth and mix up a paste of two-parts baking soda and one-part water. Scrub it onto the grout surface using an old toothbrush or stiff-bristled brush, then rinse the area with water. If your grout lines are stained from mildew or kitchen spills, try spraying a mixture of equal parts vinegar and warm water onto the tile. It'll foam for a bit, but once it's done, scrub it well. After a final rinse, the stains should be gone.

Seal out the elements
If your home is susceptible to heavy rain or snow , know that weather can lead to serious issues in your foundation. To prevent water damage and leakage stains, inspect masonry on the interior and exterior of your home. Fill any defects you find with fast-setting hydraulic cement and clean up the surface.

Once the surface is clean and dry, apply two coats of of masonry waterproofer. This interior and exterior product is formulated for waterproofing basement walls, masonry walls, retaining walls, and cinder and concrete blocks. Once the second coat is dry, you're all set for the winter.

Start your project today
When it comes to home projects, wintertime doesn't have to mean downtime. Start your project season with any of the three ideas listed above and when warmer months roll along, you'll be ready to step out and make your Keller home's exterior as beautiful as your interior.

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