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How to Give Your Home an Updated Look on a Budget
After spending so much time closer to home the last several years, there is growing recognition that the condition of your house can have a significant impact on the quality of your day-to-day life. So if you haven’t already, it's a great time to revitalize your home. Not only can you improve your overall well-being, but making the right updates can even raise the value of your home.
Consider these suggestions to update your living space from Love's Custom Woodwork.
Declutter Your Home
Mental health experts have long realized that having a cluttered house can take a toll on your mental well-being. Having too many belongings stuffed into your living space can make you feel overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, and even depressed. Conversely, letting go of things you no longer need and organizing your remaining possessions can instill a sense of order and peace.
If you are not sure how to declutter your house, consider using a popular system such as the KonMari method to help you get started. This decluttering approach asks you to keep only the items that bring you joy and dispose of the rest.
Once you have sorted through the clutter and determined which items you want to keep, the next step is to organize your remaining possessions. To keep your home tidy, make sure that each item has a specific spot or place to be kept — and make sure you stay on top of keeping it clutter-free. For example, keep ahead of paper clutter by having a plan to deal with mail on the regular and assign it to slot boxes: outgoing, paid, shred. Have set days of the week you go through your mail and manage payments, then eliminate paper as you go. Better yet, sign up for paperless billing and opt out of junk mail.
Give Your Walls a Facelift
Your walls play a large role in the look and ambiance of your home. By changing their color or style, you can transform a room and create an entirely new feel. One popular way to spruce up your walls is to paint them a new color. Painting is quick and cost-effective, and most homeowners can tackle this project themselves.
After painting, adorn your walls with some custom pieces from Love’s Custom Woodwork. Their attractive, handcrafted decor will make great focal pieces to add to your home.
Upgrade Hardware and Fixtures
A quick and simple way to refresh your kitchen or bathroom is to replace cabinet hardware. This inexpensive option can give old cabinets a new and updated look, and because it's so easy to do yourself, you won't have to pay a professional.
Consider replacing outdated faucets with modern options that can instantly add style and pizzazz to the look of your room. If you enjoy innovation, you can even install a modern sensor-operated faucet that is hands-free.
Replacing light fixtures, meanwhile, can also make a dramatic difference to the feel of a room. Consider installing fixtures that give you more light because almost any space feels more cheerful with extra lighting. It's also a great time to replace your traditional incandescent light bulbs with smart LED options. These modern bulbs require less energy and can be controlled and programmed from your smartphone.
Other than location, curb appeal is one of the biggest factors in your home’s value. Things like adding rock bed borders to your garden areas, not only improve the overall appearance but serve as rain gutters, keeping your walkways from getting too muddy. If you need some grading to help with drainage too, be sure and take the time to research before hiring a professional. Other things like lighting, fresh mulch, and a mailbox flower garden can give your home a lift.
There comes a time when homeowners realize their current home is dated and in need of too much maintenance. The upgrades required to bring the home up-to-date can be costly, and often the return on investment is not worth the expense. In these situations, it may make more sense to sell the home and move to a new property that is turnkey. A turnkey home is one that does not require any major renovations or repairs - you can simply move in and start enjoying your new space.
While the initial cost of buying a turnkey home may be higher than fixing up your current home, you will likely save money in the long run. You'll also enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is up-to-date and does not require any major repairs. If moving house sounds like the ideal change, start scouting out local listings to get an idea of cost. Once you have a general idea of what you can afford, connect with an experienced agent to help you find the perfect fit.
With so much time spent at home over the past year, many have realized the importance of a fresh and vibrant home. By making small changes to revive your living space, you can improve the look of your house, or you can simply move on to something bigger.