Keep Your Home Looking Great With These Tips

Keep Your Home Looking Great With These Tips

The following contribution is from another author.

Your property is a major investment and not a purchase that should be taken lightly. Once you become the homeowner, it’s your responsibility to ensure it remains in good condition and attractive.

Even if you’re a busy person, it’s in your best interest to take good care of your home. You’ll be much happier living in it and it’ll be easier to sell one day in the future this way. If you’re ready to get started and roll up your sleeves then learn what tasks you should be focusing on. You can keep your home looking great with these tips. You’ll be glad you did once you see and experience the results for yourself.

Clean Often & Stay Organized

Cleaning your house is one of the best ways to make it look great and keep everyone healthy. Clean often and dive into a deep cleaning project seasonally as well. Get in the habit of picking up daily and each night before bed so you wake up to a tidy house. It may help to keep cleaning supplies handy in each room or area so you can grab them as necessary. Vacuum, sweep, dust, and put dishes away continuously to make sure you don’t fall behind. Stay organized by only hanging onto what you need and use regularly.

Paint & Decorate

Fresh paint on the walls goes a long way in helping to keep your home looking great. It’s especially true if your paint colors are outdated and dingy or chipped. It’s a project you can even tackle on your own if you’re feeling motivated and have some extra time. Also, decorate your home and spruce it up by adding your personal touches. Hang colorful and attractive artwork, display items you love, and include some pillows, throws, and area rugs in each of your rooms for more texture and to warm up these spaces.

Perform Regular Checks & Maintenance

The reality is that stuff happens that you can’t always control. However, you have to be aware and notice what’s occurring so you can take action if necessary. You can keep your home looking great by performing regular checks and maintenance. Review your inspection report and tackle these to-dos first. Replace your furnace filter, clean your gutters, and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. Next, pay attention and be watching for any watermarks, leaks, or mold as well. If you do discover that you have leaks or frozen pipes then get in touch with a reputable water damage restoration company right away that can get the mess cleaned up. It’s not a project you should attempt to do yourself and one that you will want professional help tackling.

Improve the Lighting

A dark and dreary home will bring down the appearance of your property and your mood. You can keep your home looking great by focusing on improving the lighting. Complete this project by replacing old light fixtures and switches, putting some lights on dimmer switches, and adding candles and lamps throughout your home. A new fixture can also be artistic and act as the focal point in the room if you’re mindful of what you choose. It’s especially important that you have plenty of and the right lighting options in the wintertime when it’s dark and often cloudy. Try to maximize the amount of natural light you can draw in and layer your lighting in rooms that require artificial lighting.

Budget for & Make Upgrades

Another tip that will help you keep your home looking great is to plan to make home improvements each year. You should budget for and make an effort to incorporate upgrades throughout your home regularly. You want your home to remain in good condition and to stay current with the modern times. You’ll enjoy living in your property more this way and when you want to sell it in the future you’ll be ahead of the game. What will be helpful is if you review your finances and save up and then put your projects in priority order. Do some research to figure out which ones will give you the best ROI and will be worth your money as well. Some areas you should pay special attention to are the bathrooms and kitchen.

Cut Back on Clutter

A lot of clutter can be hard to look at and will make your home look messier and more disorganized. Therefore, you can successfully keep your home looking great by cutting back on clutter wherever possible. Declutter frequently and remove items that you don’t need, want, or use. Go through your basement, and closets, and unpack any boxes that you have been putting off. Only display items that you truly love and go room by room and remove some pieces and belongings to free up space. You’ll feel happier and less stressed out when you can move around freely in your home and not be visually inundated with a lot of mess and clutter.

Dress up Your Windows

Your windows are another opportunity to enhance the appearance and beauty of your home. Make your rooms more comfortable and attractive by dressing up your windows. Start by giving them a proper and good cleaning so they aren’t dirty and you can draw in as much light as possible. Invest in window treatments that not only look great but also allow you to add privacy to your rooms. If you choose to install curtains then hang them high so that your rooms appear more luxurious and your ceilings look taller. Curtains are also an opportunity to add texture and a pop of color.

Add Flowers & Plants

You want your home to not only look great but smell good. It’ll look more beautiful and welcoming when you strategically place fresh flowers and greenery throughout your spaces. Add a variety of houseplants to different areas which will boost your mood and make your home more attractive and inviting. Plants are not only therapeutic and can reduce stress and anxiety but they also clean indoor air by absorbing toxins and will add life to otherwise boring spaces.

Install Additional Storage Solutions

The more storage solutions you have in your home the better. It’s going to help you keep a clean and organized property and you can put items away when you’re done using them. Take a look around and try to include more options wherever it makes sense. For instance, you might be able to add shelving in your closets or bathroom or invest in new furniture pieces that act as storage as well. There are also organizational solutions for your drawers you can purchase. If your home is small or you have a lot of stuff to store then consider using the vertical space on your walls instead of taking up floor space.

Make Repairs

Life happens and stuff is going to break and come apart around your house. It’s especially true if you live in an older home. What you don’t want to do is avoid it or put these repairs off for another day. They may end up snowballing into larger issues that you’ll need to then deal with. Therefore, make it a habit to fix what’s broken right away so you can stop worrying and thinking about it. It may be an opportunity to teach yourself some new DIY skills too. Know what you can repair yourself and when you should enlist help from trained professionals. Your home will not only look better this way but your property will also be a safer place to live.

Enhance the Exterior & Curb Appeal

You should also pay close attention to what your home looks like on the outside. Work on enhancing the exterior and curb appeal so your property is beautiful inside and out. There are many ways to do so including replacing an old mailbox and cracked driveway, installing new garage doors, and maintaining the lawn and landscaping. If you have an old roof or discolored and broken shutters then now would be a good time to replace those as well. Spend some time decorating your front porch each season and paint the front door an attractive color that catches your eye. Your home will look better and passersby and visitors will notice the effort. It’s also important that you keep your home looking attractive on the exterior so that it doesn’t stand out in the neighborhood for all the wrong reasons.

Conclusion

These tips will allow you to have a better-looking home that you can enjoy and be proud to show off. While there are many projects you can tackle during your time at your property, these are a good starting point and will ensure that your home will remain looking attractive throughout the year. Most importantly, stay on top of the little things because they have the potential to build up and cause you more work and money in the long run. Ultimately, what you do with it as the homeowner is up to you but keep in mind that it’s wise to maintain it and put some time, money, and hard work into making sure it stays looking its best.  

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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  • Oh right, proper lighting can work wonders. You should also pay attention to the color temperature of the light. It can affect how your home feels. For example, if you want to add a warm and cozy feel to your kitchen, use warm lights. Cool lights are the best option for task lighting.
    To choose the right color lighting temperature, look into the K scale.

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