There are plenty of things that can make your home feel a bit drab and lifeless than it might have been when you first moved in. After all, it's never going to feel quite as fresh and new as the first day you got the keys. But that doesn't mean that it's time to pack up and move on. Instead, why not think about things that you can do to bring your home back to life? All it may need is just a little TLC!
From Attic To Basement: 4 Quick Tips To Give Your Home A Little TLC
1. Focus On Major Issues
If you've been putting off doing major improvements on your home (like replacing your roof), it might be time to consider getting an estimate from a reputable roofing company like Proficient Roofing. They'll be able to inspect your roof and give you an estimate on any repairs (or a complete replacement) that you may need. If damage has been caused on account of weather or other unforeseen reasons, call your homeowner's insurance right away. They can help with the cost of repairing or replacing your roof.
Alternatively, if you've been suffering with a wet or damp basement, contact a company that can help you with any water, leak or seepage situation you might have going on. You really want to do your best to avoid mold and mildew in your home: even with just one inch of water in the basement, there's enough humidity that mold spores can attach to the surfaces and begin to grow.
From top to bottom, it doesn't hurt to have your home inspected from time to time, and many reputable companies will provide these services for free, or at a minimum charge. Check online reviews, and ask your family, friends and colleagues for recommendations.
2. Replace Your Old Windows
If you have an older home whose windows are drafty and becoming increasingly difficult to open and close, you might want to consider replacing your windows. Renewal by Andersen of Raleigh Durham, for example, provides free estimates, obtains measurements and asks questions before they make recommendations as to what's best for your home. When looking for a window dealer in your area, make sure you settle on a trustworthy company that will help you choose a style of window that matches your home, fits your budget and is function for you and your family.
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3. Brighten Things Up
Speaking of windows--one of the most common reasons a homes begin to feel as if it could use some TLC is that they're just too dark, and lack natural light and an overall ambiance. If you have a home that is short on natural light, try positioning a large mirror on a wall directly across from a window. This will help double the light in the room, and can even help make a smaller room feel larger. Additionally, avoid heavy window treatments, even in colder months. Use sheer panels and skip the blinds and shades. This will help you take advantage of as much natural light as possible.
Also, consider lightening up the decor as much as possible. Natural fabrics in neutral colors (such as cotton and linen in summer and cashmere and wool in winter) will help to brighten up your space.
4. Rearrange The Space
Then again, there's a chance that you don't really need to do much more than rearrange the furniture to make it a more open and pleasant space. A lot of folks assume there's only one way to arrange furniture in their home, and end up choosing the most typical way of doing it--i.e, everything against the walls so your whole house is lined with furniture. Instead, why not experiment with different ideas, like creating conversation areas, or removing bulky bookcases and installing wall shelves instead? That way you're able to make your home feel fresh and new without having to spend much money at all.
Plan Your Room is a wonderful, free online tool that can help you with rearranging furniture in any room. It's super easy, and fun to use.
It doesn't take much to refresh your home with a little TLC--just a wee bit of time and effort is all you need!
If you need help with making your home feel more spacious and inviting, check out this infographic from Amara for more furniture arranging tips that can help make your home feel bigger: