If you’re in a warm weather area, here are 4 smart ways you can update your home without spending a fortune or an exorbitant amount of time doing so. For those in cold weather regions, spring is just around the corner and a quick walk around your property with a notepad in hand will give you a brief start list of things to address. Starting outside-in gives you a break from your everyday indoor living environment and it can spark fresh ideas; simply because you’re breaking your everyday visual viewpoint and daily routine. Seasonal weather climate changes can wreak havoc on a home. Water, wind and salt can cause corrosion in wood and metal over time. Start by sprucing up key fixtures that will add instant value to the home. Inspect and update outdoor lighting fixtures, doorknobs, planters, mailboxes that are broken or show wear and tear. These items are not particularly expensive to replace or repair and it’s absolutely amazing what a new paint job, fixture or doorknob can do to spruce up curb appeal. Consider replacing worn out fixtures with marine grade ones that come with extra powder coating (PI67 Grading) or are made of rust free polyester materials. They are specifically designed to help offset damage done by water, wind and salt. Because they are, they tend to last longer as well.
Small garden adornment purchases can magically transform a backyard into a sweet paradise. Consider a new lounge and seating area, upgrading the grill, and adding a few decorative garden ornaments. It doesn’t take a lot of money to replace worn out garden furniture cushions, repaint the wicker or add a bright and few decorative pillows. If shopping for new garden furniture, be sure to look for weather coated canvas, rattan coated with powder coating and stick to easy-to-clean plastics.
Revamp Kitchen Appliances
If you’re really serious about making some indoor changes, the kitchen is the heart of the home and a clean and sterile environment for food preparation is essential. It is also one of the most used rooms in the house, thus, its appliances and even the kitchen sink can take a beating over time. Upgrade the most used items in the home with high quality products. Stainless steel is popular due to the durability of the material, its easy-to-clean surfaces, and its ability to match and enhance any exiting appliances finishes in white or black. Kitchens are the best investments and usually get somewhere from 80% to 90% of their value back. That means that if you put $30k into your kitchen, it will value out at $23k to $28k worth. If on a budget, you’d be surprised how a new microwave oven, blender or toaster can instantly brighten the look of your counter-top area. So might a newly installed faucet or sink basin. Look to the things you use the most and consider a new purchase of just those few items.
Same Rule Applies to Bathrooms
Update the main bath fixtures for the obvious reasons – usage. Toilet, sink and tub basins and especially faucets should be considered. Make sure everything is sealed properly with caulk, including where the tub meet the floor, since water tends to splash from the shower, regardless if a shower curtain is used. Make sure all faucets are clean and new. Replacing all fixtures and appliances will add instant value to your home. It will also set the ground stage for many maintenance free years to come.
Update the Fun, Everyday Activity Things
Lastly, buy a new bedspread for each of your bedrooms. Upgrade to a flat screen TV and do away with old CD players, bulky old stereo units, receivers, and even the outdated DVD’s. Put a guitar in a corner stand, just in case guests can play. Load up the firewood bin for cozy fire nights. If the wall paint still looks good, then just paint the trim and window sills; which will make each room look shiny and brand new. Removing dusty old nick-knacks and purchasing just a few new home décor accent pieces can instantly change the look and feel of a room. Consider bright pops of color in vases, candles, lampshades, statues, accent consoles and even scenic coffee table books.
Sometimes it can seem overwhelming, when faced with the prospect of having to update or repair worn out fixtures or face clearing out non-needed collectables. Reduce the stress and anxiety of your to-do list by staring with very small fixes. Begin replacing the smallest things first; such as a new doorknob, a new back wall fixture or planters. Starting small will spark you to continue on, for the results will perk you up, and inspire you to do more. Small steps at a time always lead to the greater picture ultimately.