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5 Ways to Improve Your Home

Written by Posted On Friday, 05 January 2018 19:51

5 Great Ways to Improve Your Home

If you've been looking for some great ways to improve your home, we have you covered! We've compiled a list of the top 5 best ways to improve your home, whether it's by adding value, saving money, or both! While some of these options will be great if you're planning on selling your home, we'll be focusing on how to improve your home without the intention to sell.

 

1 - Energy Efficient Everything

 

This can include everything from windows, walls, and even attic, and big and small appliances, as well as heating and cooling elements. It's actually pretty amazing how many different things can fall into this category. There are tons of great ways to save up to 30% on your energy bill.

 

2 - Garage & Storage Space

 

If you're wanting to spend the rest of your life in the same house, one day you're going to realize that you need more space. As get married, have kids, start holiday traditions, all those little parts of life, you'll notice that you run out of space. Having a garage can help boost the value of your home as well as provide a little extra storage space for all your car-related things, as well as protection from the elements. Having an actual storage room is also a great idea. That's for all the things you don't want to part with but can't find a good spot for. Holiday decorations, baby's first outfit, previous tax information, all of that can go straight into an organized storage room. Planning a garage can be easy, and it can even be done yourself. You can also add another room, though there are a few things to consider before you decide to hire or diy.

 

3 - Invest in Entertainment

 

Whether you're a cinephile who's always dreamed of a theater room, a kid at heart who wants a gameroom, or a social butterfly who loves to surf the net, invest in what makes you happy. If you're the latter, you lucked out. You can add satellite internet to your home for much cheaper than an additional room or remodel, and it can help you stay connected even when the weather is bad or you're in the boonies.

 

4 - Bathroom & Kitchen

 

These guys see a lot of wear and tear. You're going to want to make sure that you fix problems (even just a leaky faucet) right away so they don't become larger issues. As you live in your home, you may also decide that you'd like to get a bigger tub, separate shower, new counter tops, or a kitchen isle. Redoing the flooring after a few years wouldn't go amiss, either. Go for comfort, and, if you aren't planning on selling, your personal style.

 

5 - Clean & Update Flooring

 

If your home is still rocking carpet, getting deep cleaners is very important. As carpet ages and collects various debris, it can not only accumulate some pretty nasty stuff, the color can alter and change the whole feel of your room. Refreshing your carpet every 12 - 18 months can help prevent this, or you can just replace it with wood, stone, or tile flooring. If you like the feel of carpet but want the easier-to-care-for wood or tile flooring, you can always add rugs.

 

There are plenty of other ways to improve your home. Consider what you don't like about your house and go from there. There are plenty of great ideas out there on the net. These are just our top picks due to the value they'll add, costs they'll save, or generally improved vibe they'll provide!

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