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Home updates are always an excellent way to give a fresh new look and feel to your home. They can introduce new features, make your home look fresher, and improve your quality of life.
Major remodeling can often be costly and time-consuming, and not something you want to undertake if selling your home soon, so it can be much more cost-efficient to make minor improvements.
Consider these seven updates to your home that can help breathe new life into your home and are easier, and cheaper, to pull off than you might think.
- Optimize Your Lighting
It can make a big difference in your home if you replace your current lighting for something newer. New light fixtures and lighting in general will usually reduce your energy bill, make your room look so much brighter and attractive, and potentially reduce the heat-related risks that old-fashioned light bulbs have in common.
Replacing generic light bulbs with LED lights will enhance your home’s vibe and overall appearance, inside and out. This improved ambient lighting will instantly give a more polished appearance to your home, a real plus when staging a home for sale. Additionally, LED bulbs are more energy efficient and last longer than normal bulbs.
Recessed Lighting Fixtures
Recessed lighting is an exceptional home improvement that can enhance the look of a room in lots of ways, and can also make make your home spaces more efficient and practical. In your ceiling, recessed lighting fixtures can help provide soft, uniform lighting throughout any room. Such fixtures can also be equipped with a dimming feature, giving you even more control over the levels of indoor lighting.
- Flooring Replacement or Refinishing
Years of use leave dents, scratches, and other signs of wear on your beautiful hardwood floors. It will help enhance the look of your home’s interior if you return your hardwood flooring to its former glory.
When upgrading your flooring, you have two choices. One is to fully replace your hardwoods, and the other is to get them refinished. Although it can be more costly to replace the floors, it provides an unbeatable look and greater longevity.
If you want to go the refinishing route, you’re going to save some cash and when done by a professional, will still look great for years to come. Do call a specialist to assist with the project if you are thinking about repairing or completing your floors, so you can prevent expensive – and often hard to fix – DIY flooring errors.
- Add New Cabinetry
New cabinets are a perfect home upgrade if your kitchen – a space that is very important to home buyers – could use a facelift. This is the ideal opportunity to get new ones built, or your old ones refaced, whether your current cabinets are obsolete or don’t quite fit your home style.
New cabinets will also increase the percieved value of your home if you intend to sell your home in the future. Since the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house, prospective buyers are looking for a kitchen they love, not just one they kind of like.
- Get Painting
One of the best ways to improve your home fast is to add a new coat of paint. If you have a new concept in design, or you just want to make a room shine like it used to, the way to go is fresh paint.
If you will be staging your home for sale you should stick to neutral paint colors, but if you are intending to stick around for a while opt for colors that suit both your space and your personal decor aesthetics.
Whatever color you choose make sure to test it out at home before you cover the walls. Paint colours can look very different in different lights, and what looked like a soft beige in the home store may end up looking like a muddy brown on your walls at home. Pick up a paint sampler and test the color in an unobtrusive spot.
- Mini-renovations to upgrade your bathroom
There are countless inexpensive ideas for renovating bathrooms that will make your bathroom feel fresh. While a big remodel will cost tens of thousands, even minor improvements to your bathroom can make all the difference.
Simple bathroom improvements, such as replacing your flooring or tile, installing a new faucet, painting, buying a new bathroom mirror, or refreshing the hardware on bathroom cabinets, can create an updated look to your bathroom that you – and maybe prospective homebuyers – will love.
- Organize and clean
Home organizing is a perfect way to free up space and make your living spaces less cluttered. After you have been living for an extended period of time in your house, your possessions will start adding up and overtaking places they should not.
Go room by room and get rid of stuff you don’t need anymore and add organizational storage to provide a tidy home for those items you need. It makes this step much simpler and more effective to employ a skilled organizer or declutter.
As simple as it sounds, one of the best home improvements you can make is also an old-fashioned deep cleaning. After all, dirt, stains, and dust are not just eyesores. To the degree that it affects the air quality in your home, dust accumulation can become a real health hazard.
It is worthwhile to get all the surfaces washed clean, clean under the sofa, around the window frames, in all those nooks and crannies and make your home shine. Your home will look great and you will feel better living in it.
- Swap out window treatments
As another simple home improvement, consider replacing them if your window treatments are dated, dirty, or old.
By adding softness to the hard edges of the room, controlling light levels and privacy, and much more, window treatments play an important role in the design of a room. Window treatments may conceal, or highlight the focal points or problems a room might have. They may also obstruct an unattractive view or compensate for a lack of privacy. And when it comes to window treatments, there are so many stylish alternatives it’s not hard to find out what works best for your room.
Completing these kinds of small home improvements every few years is perfect for keeping the resale value of your home up, as well as keeping your home looking its best. These improvements can be easy and cheap and make all the difference in your home’s look and feel, as well as your attitude to living in it.