You like your home. As you look around, however, you might notice things that you’re not quite in love with. Perhaps your kitchen is a little outdated or your flooring is a little dingy. Maybe your energy bills are out of control. You’re thinking that it’s time to make some improvements.
Home improvement projects can greatly improve the overall visual appeal of your home, taking it from something you like to something you love. Many projects can also increase the value of your home, which can be beneficial if you’re planning on selling it. No matter what your reasons for wanting to make home improvements, here are some of the most popular projects.
Bathrooms, generally only viewed as a functional room, often go ignored. As a result, it can begin to look dull and outdated as trends change. You don’t have to completely gut your bathroom to give it a more modern, luxurious look. One of the first places to start is your bathroom vanity. Replace old fixtures and hardware. If you’re working on your shower, consider a low-flow showerhead. Not only will it boost the appearance of your shower, but it will also reduce your water usage.
The kitchen is one of the most used (and most important) spaces in a home. While you can completely tear the old kitchen apart, this isn’t always necessary to achieve a more modern appearance (or boost the value of your home). There are plenty of things that you can do on a more limited budget such as replacing countertops, refacing cabinets, redoing the floors, and replacing hardware. Another consideration to keep in mind is replacing old appliances. New appliances not only look better, but they’re also more energy-efficient.
Energy usage is a concern that many homeowners (and potential home buyers) have. Homes use a lot of electricity, which can cost a lot of money every month. One way to reduce your energy consumption is by installing solar panels on your home.
Solar panels absorb sunlight. The sunlight is converted into energy that can then power many of the appliances of your home. The energy is completely clean (it doesn’t involve burning fossil fuels or releasing toxins into the air) and it’s completely renewable. Installing rooftop solar is an investment. However, your energy bills are greatly reduced every month. You can even sell back unused energy to the grid and take advantage of a federal tax credit.
In general, larger homes are worth more. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to add a new room to your home. You can add more space to your home with a deck addition. A deck provides your home with more usable space and can boost its value an average of $10,000. Many homeowners enjoy entertaining guests. In the warmer months, entertaining outside is popular, making a deck the perfect venue. The right décor can make it a place that everyone will want to be. Decorate with comfortable outdoor furniture, a table, and a grill. You can also add planters, and an outdoor rug, and throw pillows.
Garage Door Replacement
Old garage doors can drag down the curb appeal of your home. Faulty doors increase the risk of flood and burglary as well as impact your home’s energy efficiency. New garage doors are a fairly affordable improvement that can provide several benefits. They provide greater safety and are more efficient. They also significantly boost the curb appeal of your home, which can then help to increase your home’s value.
Whether you plan on staying in your home for several years or you’re looking to sell soon, home improvements can boost your home’s appearance as well as its value. Before starting your projects, be sure to create a budget and a plan. Your budget will determine many factors involved in your projects and can help you to avoid overspending. A well thought out plan can help you to achieve all of your home improvement dreams.