07 Aug A Beginner’s Guide to the Best Home Improvements
Is your home in need of some TLC? Even the most basic home improvements add value and beauty to your home, and this is a great time of year to knock some off your to-do list.
Home upgrades are done for several reasons, including function, style, and to increase your home’s resale value. Not sure where to start? There are many ways–both big and small–to enhance your home inside and out.
Here are some simple and inexpensive upgrades that can really transform your home.
Declutter. This is essential to a peaceful and beautiful home. The process is simple once you decide to keep only the things that you use, need, and love. Toss, donate, or sell the rest. 9 Decluttering Secrets From Professional Organizers and 10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home
Organize. Once you have removed all unnecessary items from your home, it’s time to get organized. Make the most of wall space, and contain smaller items in bins and baskets. 25 Ways to Organize Every Room in Your Home, In Less Than a Month
Clean. Once your home is decluttered and organized, cleaning it is a snap. Having a truly clean home is a lifestyle–and doing a little every day means you’ll never have to spend the entire weekend cleaning again. How to Clean Your House Fast and The 9 Habits of People Who Never Have to Clean Their Homes
Paint your interior rooms. Fresh paint can make any room clean, fresh, and new. It has the power to make your space warm and cozy or light and relaxing. The Hottest New Paint Colors and Interior Paint Colors from HGTV
Update the front entry. Little updates like a new lighting fixture, welcome mat, bench/chair, and potted or hanging plant will have a huge impact on your entryway. Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door. Front Entry Fix-Up and Easy Ways to Update Your Entry
Update the kitchen and bath. These rooms see the most action in your home. Make the most of them with these 10 Smart Kitchen and Bath Updates and Top 10 Budget Kitchen and Bath Remodels. Check out Quick Tips For Changing Cabinet Pulls and Knobs, Replace a Bathroom Faucet, and How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet.
Give your landscaping some attention. Trim grass, trees, shrubs, and add mulch to planting beds; place potted or hanging plants on the porch and deck. 30 Fresh Ways to Landscape Your Yard, Southern Living’s 10 Best Landscaping Ideas and HGTV’s Landscaping Ideas, Designs, and Pictures
Some home improvements cost little or no money at all. Rearrange your furniture to create cozy eating and entertaining areas. Remove clutter from counter tops and tables to make your living space appear larger. Polish your furniture. Disinfect counter tops, sinks, and appliances. Sweep and vacuum floors and carpeting.
If you decide to invest more money into your home, then consider these options. To increase your usable square footage, add a bedroom/bathroom or remodel unused basement/attic space. Remove a wall to open up a small room and make it seem bigger. Repair or upgrade major systems (wiring, plumbing, roofing, heating, air conditioning). Other pricier upgrades include new counter tops, cabinets, and appliances. And don’t forget about your home’s exterior. Paint or replace garage doors, siding, exterior doors, and windows to enhance your home’s curb appeal.