Home Updates Worth Considering

Home Updates Worth Considering

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You spend a lot of time in your home, so you want it to look nice and feel comfortable. Making updates to your home is worth your time and money because you’ll enjoy your house more. Also, it’ll be ready to sell and will require less work when you decide to put it on the market one day in the future.

There are a few home updates you should consider that will make it more modern and appealing. Review the list of options, start a priority list, and begin to figure out which tasks you can do yourself and areas where you may need help from a pro. Improving your home is an excellent use of your time, and some ideas will even bring you a return on your investment.

Paint

One home update worth considering is to apply fresh paint. You can paint rooms, accent walls, and trim to help enhance your property’s beauty. The right colors can make small spaces appear larger and outdated rooms more modern. If you’re feeling ambitious and have the time, you can accomplish a lot of it yourself. New paint is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to make your home look better and new again. Take the time to research colors and trends before you begin your painting project. Remember that colors may look different in the store or online than they do on your walls.

Energy-Saving Thermostat

A smart thermostat, like the Nest, can learn your habits and turn heat or air on only while you’re home. The system learns your habits and will work to reduce energy use while you’re out and have it heated to your preferred temperature for as soon as you arrive home. It serves as a great potential saver on energy bills and will increase the value of your home. If you’re ready to take the leap and make the upgrade, then contact a Nest thermo installation service that can help you get it up and running properly.  

Window Treatments

Your windows will look a lot more attractive when you install new window treatments. They can add style, color, and privacy to your home and will help with temperature control. Not only add window treatments to beautify them but also consider replacing old windows or cleaning them to make them look nicer. Old windows are not only hard to look at, but they may be difficult to open and close, which may cause you to use them less. New or updated windows can keep drafts out and help you save on energy costs too.  

New Cabinets, Vanities & Hardware

Another item to consider updating in and around your home is your cabinets. You can replace them altogether or paint them and create a whole new look. Start in the kitchen, where your updates are going to have the largest impact. Pay attention to your vanities as well, and quickly upgrade a bathroom by installing new and more modern options and styles. It’s also important to look at the hardware on your cabinets and vanities. Updating your hardware is a simple and budget-friendly way to make them more attractive and with the times.   

Install A Backsplash

Adding a backsplash is an excellent way to bring some life to an otherwise plain and boring space. Consider updating your kitchen or bathroom with a new and fresh backsplash that adds color and a wow factor to your rooms. There are many styles and designs to choose from, so be sure to do your homework before moving forward with this project. You can opt to install a backsplash strip or have the design go all the way up the wall. It’s a fairly easy upgrade that can make a significant difference in some of the most important rooms in your home.

Kitchen Refresh

You likely spend a lot of time in your kitchen, whether it’s cooking, chatting with family, or entertaining guests. It’s also the one room in your home that potential buyers will be curious about and care the most about when touring your property. Making updates to your kitchen will add value to your home and have you falling back in love with your space. A few ways to refresh your kitchen on a budget are to update your countertops, install new appliances, and enhance the lighting. The kitchen is the center of your home and family life, so any time you make improvements, it’s going to be well worth it. Updating your kitchen and seeing how beautiful it looks will likely motivate you to want to complete other enhancements in and around your home.

Finish Your Basement

Another home update worth considering is finishing your basement. It’s going to add square footage to your house that you can actually use and will be a great space to relax or entertain. You can turn it into a play area, office, entertainment center, or bedroom, depending on your needs and what you’ll use the most. If you have a large family, then having a finished basement will give you all plenty of room to spread out, so you’re not always on top of each other. It’s also a nice and cool place to retreat to when the weather is warm, and you want to relax and watch movies.

Update the Entryway

Your home’s entryway is your chance to create a good first impression. Therefore, take the time to decorate your home’s entrance both inside and out. Your goal is to have the area make guests and visitors feel welcome and comfortable right away. You can install a striking chandelier to light up the space. Also, add small pieces of furniture, fresh flowers, and rugs to accomplish this goal. The fun part is that you can switch it up according to the season. You might want to change it around every once in a while based on what look you’re going for. You may also want to think about repainting the front door a more eye-catching color.

Install New Floors & Clean Carpets

Your floors are another aspect of your home that you shouldn’t overlook. Dirty and old floors will drag down the look of your home and make it appear older than it may be. Therefore, install new hardwood or luxury vinyl flooring to beautify your property. Choose a durable floor if you have pets and kids and expect a lot of wear and tear. If you have carpets, consider replacing them altogether or cleaning them by hiring a professional carpet cleaning service.

Install A Gas Fireplace

Installing a gas fireplace will make your home and living space elegant and chic. You’ll be adding style as well as warmth when you choose to have a functioning fireplace in your home. All you’ll need to do is flip a switch, and your room will be full of heat and beauty. It’s a project that you’ll not only enjoy, but that will increase the value of your home. Gas fireplaces produce fewer emissions than wood-burning fireplaces and burn much cleaner. They’re also typically cheaper to install in the home, so they are more cost-effective.

Creating an Outdoor Entertainment Space

You may be missing out on a lot of fun and enjoyment if you’re not taking advantage of your backyard. Consider updating your home by creating an outdoor entertainment space for you to use with your family and friends. A deck or patio will give you a good foundation to build off of and decorate around. Once you have your deck or patio installed, move on to purchasing comfortable furniture, a grill, and install a pergola or fence to add some privacy. You’ll likely find that you use your outdoor entertainment space a lot and wonder how you ever lived without it.

Exterior Clean up & Decorating

Your landscaping is also an important factor when it comes to the look of your home. Boost your curb appeal by taking care of your lawn, trimming your trees and bushes, and planting colorful flowers. Decorate your exterior with hanging plants, adding lighting, and displaying a wreath or similar item on your front door. Also, clean up your yard by picking up sticks, putting your kid’s toys away and raking any leaves that are lingering around. It’s also a good opportunity to take a look at your siding and to power wash it or replace it if it’s damaged and outdated.

Conclusion

These are a few home updates that you should strongly consider as you think about how you can make your home more appealing and increase its value. Start a project list and put your ideas in priority order so you can tackle them one by one and avoid feeling overwhelmed. You’re also going to want to create a budget and map out a plan for when you’re going to move forward with each idea so you can stay on track. Instead of feeling stressed or anxious about all that you want to do, enjoy the process and think about how much better your home is going to look when all your hard work is complete.

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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