A long summer season can induce even the laziest couch potato to rise to the occasion of setting a bare foot to grass. There’s just something about nature that draws us to it like moths to light. So it makes sense to look about the yard with a scrutinizing eye as one lazily strolls across it, making note of the small things that could stand a little ‘brushing up’ or possibly even, full replacement. The same holds true for vacation homes. A few ‘smart updates’ can aesthetically carry a summer season, a long way. Here are a few vacation home smart update ideas:
Start Outside In
Warm weather climates can wreak havoc on a home. Water, wind and salt can cause corrosion in wood and metal over time. Spruce up key fixtures that will add instant value to the home. Update all outdoor lighting fixtures, doorknobs and landscape lighting. Replace 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.
Address the Lawn Furniture
Relatively small garden adornment purchases can magically transform a small backyard into an outdoor 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. Be sure to look for weather coated canvas, rattan coated with powder coating and stick to easy-to-clean plastics.
Revamp Kitchen Appliances
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.
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 and curb appeal in your home. It will also set the ground stage for many maintenance free years to come, and will enable you the option to rent out your vacation home without worry; because you will have taken good care to prepare the fixtures that people will use the most.
Update the Fun, Everyday Activity Things
Lastly, buy a new bedspread for each of your bedrooms along with a few new lamps. Upgrade to a flat screen TV and do away with old CD players, bulky old stereo receivers, and even the outdated toaster or microwave. Put a guitar in a corner stand, just in case guests can play. Load up the firewood bin for cozy fire nights. If the walls look good, just paint the trim and window sills; which will make each room look shiny and brand new. Lots of minor changes can magically transform any room and aren’t all that hard or costly to do!