Most of us wouldn’t think that winter is a good time for home improvements, but the holiday season is the perfect time to make small, easy changes. Home improvement doesn’t have to be a huge task.

McGarr's goal is to make it simple for you to ramp up your real estate. As a team of professional, enthusiastic Realtors servicing Niagara, St. Catharines, Welland, Pelham, and beyond, we know how valuable small changes are in the real estate game. Whether you’re looking to sell your home this winter or simply spruce up your space, McGarr knows that even the simplest changes can make a big difference.

We have tips on how you can add value to your home, and to your daily life. This article will cover 5 simple tips for making home improvements this winter so that you can get the most out of your space.

  1. Holiday Lights for Everyday Life

String holiday fairy lights above your couch, around the kitchen, along the banister, or in the front yard to create spaces of warmth and peace for the holiday season that you can leave up all year long. If you’ll be adding outdoor bulbs, make sure you get outdoor rated LEDs. These will also protect your energy bill from skyrocketing since LEDs burn 90% less energy than incandescent ones.

You can even add some little holly berries, greenery or a holiday wreath. What a great excuse to go out looking for a holiday market. The craftsmanship here is just one of the things we love about the real estate here in Niagara.

  1. Spice Up the Odd Seats

Mismatching seats are normal to collect over the years, and sometimes looking at odd pieces of an incomplete furniture set just gets old. That’s where a good can of paint and some inspiration comes in. Pick a colour that makes you happy and update those chairs and stools. If you have fabric seats, a DIY reupholster project might be just what you need.

  1. Turn an Old Closet into a Home Office 

Working from home has become so much more popular over the past few years, as has downsizing. Maybe the kids have gone to school or moved out, or there could be some extra room that has started collecting clutter instead of being useful.

Sometimes all we need to start freshening up our space is to change it up a little. Turn an old closet into a home office or craft cupboard and your room will feel brand new!

  1. Weave in greenery

Adding an element of green in your home through winter garland or small plants encourages calmness, community, and relaxation in your home. Even during the winter, nurseries like The Watering Can are fun to explore. Located in St. Catharines and Vineland, a stop into this shop will benefit your home.

Once the holiday season is over, you can leave your garland up for a while, or bring in some easy-care houseplants to keep the green in the scene.

  1. Declutter the Corners and Make them Festive

We all collect things over time, and decluttering in the winter is a perfect way to feel refreshed in your space. Besides clearing the cobwebs, crumbs, and clutter, turning small corners of your home into a festive scene can really brighten things up. Add a holiday pillow, a cozy blanket, and a table-top tree to spice things up. You can even small-scale this and deck out a kitchen counter corner with seasonal goodies.

We love the real estate in all the Niagara Region. Niagara on the Lake, St. Catharines, Welland, Thorold, Pelham, and the Falls are some of the greatest places to live in Canada. If you’re interested in real estate listings around here, connect with us today and we’ll help you find the perfect place to call home.

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