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10 Home Renovation Projects to Start Thinking About Now

Now might not be the best time to tackle all of your home remodeling projects, but you should be thinking about these.

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Home Projects to Start Thinking About

If you’ve got a list of home remodeling projects, now’s the time to start planning them. And if you plan to hire a contractor, now’s the time to start making some phone calls. Here are some of the projects you’ll want to start thinking about now.

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Interior Painting

Winter is a pretty good time to tackle any kind of interior project in your home. Just pay special attention to the temperature of the walls before you start painting because cool temperatures can affect the job. January and February are considered slow months for interior painting, so if it’s on your list of things to do, start thinking about it now. Make sure you use these 10 interior house painting tips for the perfect job.

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Upgrading Countertops

Countertops can be a tell-tale sign of a dated house. Participants of a Maytag survey prioritized upgrading their countertops to something more on-trend. If your laminate kitchen countertops are worn but still sound, give them a fresh, new look by resurfacing them. A variety of colors are available, and the process is no harder than painting. Here’s the complete how-to for resurfacing your laminate countertops.

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Depending upon the scope of the landscaping project, it can take some time to plan out. A large landscaping project requires intricate planning and you’ll need to source multiple materials, so start planning now. If you plan to hire out the work, start calling around in winter to lineup a contractor for the project. These 17 landscaping tips will save you some time if you do the project on your own.

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Carpeting is one of the largest investments you’ll make in your home. By doing some basic homework, comparison shopping and working with a reputable retailer, you’ll be able to understand the types of carpet that will work best for your home, so you can buy carpeting that fits your needs—and gives you confidence that you’re getting a quality product for a good price. Consult our carpet buying guide for more tips.

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You certainly don’t want to be up on a roof during winter, but the season is definitely the time to start thinking about redoing your roof. It’s a big project and if you don’t want to do it on your own, you’d better start calling roofers early because they’ll be busy all summer long. Here’s everything you need to know about roofing a house.

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Kitchen Remodel

You likely don’t want people coming in and out of your house in cold weather because your furnace will be running nonstop. Plus, depending upon what you’re doing, there could be a lot of dust going around and that’s no good. But you can star planning that kitchen remodel now, so you’re ready to go when it’s easier to open the windows.

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Window Replacement

Winter is obviously not a good time to start a window replacement project, but it can be a good time to take a look at your windows and shopping for the best deal you can find. Check out our window buying guide to get started on replacing windows.

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Winter is a good time to start thinking about your deck because you’ll want to spend some time there during the spring and summer. You can take a look at the wood to see what’s going to need replacing, as well as inspect railings and stairs. Here’s what you need to know about buying deck lumber.

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A siding project is a huge undertaking that takes careful planning. Whether repairing or installing new siding, there’s a lot to think about before tackling the project. Learn how to install vinyl siding and repair it.

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Exterior Paint

Exterior painting jobs spike during the summer and they taper off toward September and October. So if you want to hire out an exterior paint project, start calling around in January to lock up a contractor. These 10 simple steps will help you with the exterior painting prep work.