10 Projects To Improve Your Home

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If your home is looking a little tired and rundown, there are a few DIY or low budget projects you can do to help to bring your home back to life. We have gathered a few ideas to help get you started whether you are upgrading your home or renovating your project home. Check them out below.

Repaint

A quick lick of paint is sometimes all we need to brighten up our homes, whether you are sticking with the same colour or changing it up. Walls are not the only thing you can paint if your kitchen or bathroom cabinets are looking a bit worse for wear, consider giving them a repaint or a re-vinyl.

Lay a stair runner

The stairs in our home are used every day, with wooden stairs they can incur dents and scratches over the years. To make your staircase feel brand new again you could think about laying a stair runner. This not only hides the blemishes but gives a more homely feel.

Change your blinds or curtains

If you haven’t changed up your blinds or curtains in a while, this is something you should consider. Curtains draw your eye to them, so if your ones are getting old and tattered, we think it’s time to change them up.

Tidy up your garden

Once you have made the inside look nice, you might want to change your focus to the outside areas. Tidying up the hedges or adding a few fairy lights can really transform your garden.

Change up your decor

As seasons change think about updating your decor. For the winter and autumn months bring in burnt orange, burgundy or brown colors and for the summer and spring, think yellow, green and pinks. These don’t have to be major changes, simple things like cushions and throws will do the job.

Go smart

If you haven’t already, think about adding some smart devices into your home. Smart devices such as Google Home, Amazon Echo or Apple HomePod are great investments to have. You can use them to switch lights on and off, control your heating and set reminders.

Freshen up your entrance

The entrance is what guests see first so make sure your entrance is smart and inviting. Repaint your door a bright color, add some front porch plants and a nice light. When you enter the entrance hall make sure it is clutter-free. Adding a side table with a plant is a nice touch.

Redo your splashback

Redoing your splashbacks can give your kitchen and bathroom a whole new feel. Change up the color and design for a more drastic change.

Patch up leaks

Get fixing those leaks you have been ignoring. Leaving a leak too long can cause more long term damage and be more costly in the long run. While you are at it seal any draughts coming in through windows or the roof.

Your roof is your main protection against leaks and damage and neglecting to fix any repairs can lead to more damage and a bigger expense. As soon as you see any damaged siding and roofing, call a professional to get these looked at and resolved quickly. In many cases, you might be able to claim on your household insurance especially if you need a new roof. Always check your policy beforehand so you know what type of costs to expect if it is covered.

Add mirrors

Hanging mirrors in your home can create the illusion of more space. They are also great for bouncing light throughout the house.


For more ideas on improving your home sites like
Bellriver project homes, Pinterest or Home Beautiful are a great source of inspiration. 

For more ideas, check out, Creative Kitchen Designs: Fresh Ideas For Your Home!

 

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5 comments

  1. Hi Very Good Information. It is interesting to read. Thanks for sharing this great information.

  2. Another thing you can do to improve your home is to make your swimming pool more efficient. For this, consider switching to a variable speed pool pump. Unlike single speed pool pumps, variable ones consume less energy, saving you money. The US Department of Energy has determined variable speed pool pumps to be up to 75% more efficient than a single speed pump.

  3. As for smart home devices, I highly recommend installing a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats allow for more precise temperature control and are more energy-efficient than traditional thermostats. Additionally, smart thermostats also have WiFi capabilities, allowing for wireless control. You can connect your smart thermostat to your phone and remotely adjust temperatures as desired.
    Good news: smart thermostats are pretty easy to install. However, if you feel not experienced enough in these matters, you can always have your HVAC expert show you.

  4. Also, consider upgrading to a high-SEER air conditioner. It brings energy efficiency, lower utility bills, and reduced carbon footprint. Overall, these models provide a more sustainable and comfortable home environment.

    Before buying an AC, please remember to check new efficiency standards for HVAC systems in 2023 — these changes are legally effective from January 1 this year.

    1. Thank you for the reminder! I only want to add that new minimum efficiency requirements differ in northern and southern states. In this article, you can find a map and find out “your minimum”: https://polestarplumbing.com/news-media/upcoming-changes-of-efficiency-standards-for-hvac-systems.

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