10 DIY Projects for Empty Nesters
To save money, Murphy offers these tips to installing a chandelier:
If you're noticing high electric bills, you might need to take a look at your home's insulation, which helps to keep the home warm in the winter months.
Sally Morse, director of Creative Services for Hunter Douglas, offers the following tips to ensure your home is well-insulated:
If you can rattle doors and window frames or see daylight around them, that's a sign they leak air. Additionally, check electrical outlets, switch plates, baseboards, fireplace dampers and air conditioners. Look for gaps around pipes, faucets and mail slots. Apply caulking and weather stripping where needed.
Large gaps are also often found around plumbing pipes, light fixtures, chimneys and soffits. Ensure openings for items such as pipes, ductwork and chimneys are sealed with expanding foam caulk. Seal any electrical boxes in the ceiling and cover the entire attic floor with insulation. Be sure the attic hatch is insulated, weather-stripped and closes tightly.
Look for cracks and holes in the mortar, foundation and siding, and seal them with the appropriate material. Check the exterior caulking around doors and windows and ensure that exterior storm doors and primary doors seal tightly.
Painting doors and trims
Repainting an entire room is a big DIY project. However, repainting the doors or trim is a less stressful task and is bound to update the look of the room.