Whether you go big or keep it simple, now is a good time for home improvements that can make your dwelling more valuable, more sustainable and more enjoyable.
Before You Begin
Have a plan. The first step is deciding how extensive your project will be. Don’t begin work until you have a clear picture of exactly what you want to accomplish.
Set a budget. Do your homework and figure out what the job will cost before you start. Your budget should include a contingency fund for unexpected costs.
Know what’s DIY and what’s not. Once you identify the work that needs to be done, determine whether you can do it yourself or whether you should hire a professional.
Once you’ve covered those bases....
Ready to Get Started
Here are three popular reasons to renovate, each with projects requiring different amounts of effort.
To increase property value
Replace cabinetry hardware
Sometimes all it takes to give things a new look is to swap out old handles on bathroom or kitchen cabinetry. Sizes are usually pretty standard, but check before you buy.
Paint a makeover
Bring color back to your home in time for spring with a fresh coat of paint. Consider staying on the neutral side of the color palette if you plan to sell your home soon.
Upgrade the kitchen
A kitchen makeover by a professional (new cabinets, countertops and/or lighting) can give the biggest return on your investment, but be ready to have your routine disrupted while the work is being done.
To be more sustainable
Install smart lights
A good first step toward creating a smart home is smart lights and hubs (the accessories that make the bulbs communicate with your devices). Control them with an app on your phone, smart speaker or even smart watch.
Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances
Ready to replace an older washer, dryer, fridge or dishwasher? A new energy-efficient appliance may cost more initially, but using less energy can save you money in the long run.
Optimize your smart home
For convenience, security and savings on your electric bill, nearly everything in your home—including thermostats, air conditioners, lights and garage doors—can be remotely controlled with a mobile device or smart speaker
To be more enjoyable
A simple way to make any space feel bigger and lighter is to add mirrors. Don’t be afraid to use a large mirror in a small space, or to create a gallery wall with several mirrors. They don’t have to be new, either; you may spot a great find at a thrift shop or garage sale.
Organize the clutter
Create your own storage solution in the garage or a spare bedroom with plastic shelving units, storage bins or a piece of pegboard with hooks. You’ll free up space, make your home more attractive and have easy access to the items you’ve put away.
Install a skylight
Natural light can be an instant mood booster, and a properly selected and installed skylight can increase your home’s efficiency by reducing heating, cooling and lighting costs.
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