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North Shore Home Improvement Projects For Fall

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Do you have any DIY home improvement projects in mind for this fall at your North Shore home? As your North Shore real estate agent, I am here to tell you that as the temperatures fall and you find yourself at home even more, it might be the perfect time to add some upgrades. There are many perks to doing so!

A recent survey found that of more than 1,000 homeowners who have renovated since the pandemic began, 49 percent said it’s given them a sense of enjoyment while being sheltered, and that it’s been good for their mental health.

What motivated them to do DIY home improvements? Here were the main responses:

-55% said they did it because they were home due to social distancing mandates.

-49% said they got enjoyment out of it.

-34% said it aided mental health during quarantine.

-30% said it increased overall home value.

-28% said it occupied spare time from working from home.

As you can see, there are lots of great reasons to tackle a home improvement project this fall. According to the survey, the top three DIY projects during the pandemic have been bathroom repair, interior house painting, and bathroom décor. By generation, baby boomers have focused on bedroom décor while millennials have focused on bathroom upgrades. Generation X has focused on painting projects.

So, what home improvement project would you love to accomplish this fall? Here are some seasonal options that MSN Money recommends:

  1. Clean the gutters.

2. Fertilize the lawn.

3. Winterize your irrigation system.

4. Repair your driveway/walkways.

5. Refinish/treat your deck/patio.

6. Reseal/replace windows and doors.

7. Replace or service your HVAC system.

8. Repair the roof.

9. Clear out the garage.

10. Paint the exterior.

These are all options that will help prepare your house for the winter months ahead. However, if you’re looking for a renovation that will make you feel happier and cozier inside your house, here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

1. Repaint the interior. You could even just do one room, such as a kid’s room, or your main living/family room. Opt for neutral colors, or go with a bolder fall color. Now is the time to do it, when you can open all the windows for fresh air!

2. Declutter. You’ll be stuck in your home for much of winter, so now is the time to declutter and get rid of anything you don’t need. A house with less clutter is also said to improve your mental state. It also will help you sell when the time comes!

3. Upgrade handles and knobs. One of the easiest updates you could give your house is to update the cabinet handles/knobs in the kitchen and bathroom with something more modern. This makes your home look more modern without the overhaul of changing the cabinets.

Have fun coming up with home improvements you’d like to do on your North Shore home! When ready to buy and/or sell in  Glencoe, Winnetka, Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook, Lake Forest, Wilmette, Evanston, Glenview, Riverwoods, Bannockburn, or other North Shore communities, give me a call. As your North Shore real estate agent, I am here to help you achieve all of your North Shore real estate goals this fall!

Janie Bress
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