If the time has come to renovate your home, you might find yourself in a bit of a dilemma. There are so many things in need of renovating and changing that it is hard to determine where to start.
However, we propose making strategic decisions as there are few things on the list you can do to improve your house, add to its value and make sure it stays safe and sound.
Therefore, we summed up 4 easy steps on how to improve your family home.
Heating and ventilation
An easy way to instantly improve your family home, and at the same time add value to it, is by simply working on the heating and ventilation system. An easy upgrade can get you a long way.
With the heating, there are several alternatives to consider, such as switching to solar panels or electricity instead of gas or wood. New heating systems, like thermal heating, are proven to be quite effective, especially during long and extremely cold winters.
Or you can simply change the old pipes and installation and replace them, although this could cost you a lot and take up time.
Get an AC for better ventilation, and make sure to have a proper exit point for the accumulated heat and air. Change the old air vents, clean the whole system, change the filter and make sure the AC is running smoothly.
If the system’s time is up, you might want to consider a new one, or you can always go for ceiling fans and open windows if you cannot afford them right now.
In terms of heating, we must also mention proper insulation. Insulation can save you a lot of energy and therefore your electricity bills will be lower than expected.
Checking out the roof and attic
One small yet quite effective and productive home improvement tip is simply checking the attic and roof. Now, the roof is an essential part of the house that plays a key part in the preservation of the rest.
If the roof by any chance has leaks, holes, cracks, or is unstable, chances are it might cause you further repairs in the future, at a higher price.
Leaking roofs are linked with mold, as the condensation and water drip going down the walls are perfect for mold to spread and find its way into the house.
Therefore, we highly recommend hiring a professional if you need commercial or residential roofing, as such services come at a low price compared to what you would have to pay once the damage becomes too great to handle.
We also highly recommend checking the attic, to see if the insulation is still in one piece as it can add numbers to your monthly electric bill.
Often, if the attic has poor insulation, it creates an air bubble affecting the temperature of the house and the temperature difference is also the “playground” of the mold together with the water coming from the roof.
Simple repairs are more than enough.
Re-doing the walls
Yes, you can give the whole house a proper paint job and change the color and thereby the atmosphere of the whole room.
One idea is adding wooden details, panels, or just parts of wood to the wall to create an extra cozy feeling. Wood goes perfect with white, creating a minimalistic yet sophisticated look.
If you prefer just regular paint, maybe think of the colors you’ll choose.
For example, studies have shown how more bright colors such as red or orange and yellow are perfect for the living room as it represents the room of social engagement. The bright colors are warm, therefore triggering more social interaction and more will to communicate and engage.
On the other hand, what we call cold colors, such as blue and green, are more suitable for the bathroom or bedroom, as they put you in a more relaxing state of mind.
We also recommend getting plants, as they are linked to lower levels of stress and have a special appeal. If you go with the first option, plants together with wooden details and eggshell white are creating an amazing look.
Changing the old floor
One major home renovation and improvement idea might be changing the floors of the house. This requires some effort and time and comes at a price.
However, changing the floors will give your house a fresh and new look, more unique, and put some value on the house.
New floors are the first thing real estate agents mention when selling a house, as a marketing point. Therefore, if you are thinking of improvements, have this one in mind.
You can also change them for tiles, it does not necessarily have to be wood per se, it can also be vinyl or linoleum. However, the latter comes with some disadvantages no matter the cheap price point.
Such projects are often for life, therefore it might be smart to wait before engaging.