Home improvement should be something that crosses everyone's mind, regardless of whether we own our own homes or if we are renters. While pricier major home renovations should be attended to when necessary, there are always home improvements we can do to make our homes it more practical, attractive and efficient. Here's six simple steps you can take to help improve your home.
6 Simple Steps To Help Improve Your Home
1. Make Simple Yet Smart Changes
Sometimes, we don't always notice the little things that could use fixing around our homes. A creaky door hinge or a broken tile, for example. Do a simple walk-through of your home and make a checklist of the simple repairs you can make to give your home an easy refresh. Need more ideas? How about:
2. Create Some Space
If there’s one thing that people seem to complain about the most about their homes, it’s a lack of space. How about adopting a more minimalist approach to your home instead, and stick with what you need most, instead of cluttering rooms with unnecessary decor and other (less useful) items. We're not suggesting you purge your home of personality, quite the contrary! Ditch the junk, and stick with what defines you most: personal heirlooms, cherished photographs, expressive artwork and other meaningful pieces.
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3. Build An Outbuilding
If you have room on your property, adding a garden shed is the perfect way to incorporate extra storage space to your home. Use it for storing garden tools, sports equipment, and bins of holiday and off-season decor. A simple shed isn't hard to build, and can be erected over the course of a weekend. And to piggyback off of creating extra space: there are some sheds that can even be turned into living spaces! Consider building a room for guests or she-shed for yourself (or a combo of both)!
4. Incorporate Some Fun
If you're going to own a home, you might as well enjoy it...and that means incorporating a little fun! Why not go beyond an entertainment center or game room and think about things that make you happy instead. Assuming you're responsible and love animals, why not get a pet? Even a (mostly) self-sufficient fur baby like a cat can turn a house into a home. Also, add a bit of whimsy with funny signs and photos, like the ones below. You can also get creative by using basic objects and turning them into something functional. For example:
5. Add More Natural Life
Unless you live in a cave, adding natural light to your home is relatively simple. Sure, not all rooms in the home with have the best lighting: in fact, rooms that face north have the least amount of natural sunlight. But there are a few easy ways to incorporate more natural light into your home. For example, you can consult with an experienced home remodeler to see if removing part of an exterior wall and adding sliding glass doors is a good option for a dark room. They don't have to lead to anywhere in particular, a simple cement patio or walkway is plenty. If sliders are out of the question, you can also consider adding a larger window instead.
6. Consult With A Realtor
What if you just plain dislike your home, and no amount of home improvements will help? Or, you don't want to invest in your current home, but would rather invest in something new? Speak with a realtor. They will do a walk-through of your home and advise you on what's best, given your situation and the housing market. There are even some real estate companies, like Wren Realty, Inc., who will buy a home from you "as is". This is great for folks who are ready to move out and move on!