Increasing the value of your home doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. With some creativity, you can find perform simple upgrades that make a big difference. Here are 10 of the most effective ways to transform and improve your home.
1. Install a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat is a convenient way to control the temperature. It can save you money on heating and cooling costs while also keeping you from having to monitor the temperature manually. You can install a smart thermometer yourself or have one installed by an HVAC contractor.
2. Add Crown Molding
Crown molding can add elegance and style to any part of your home. You can add it to the kitchen, such as around the cabinets. In the living room, crown molding can add character to the areas near the windows and below the ceiling. You can get an estimate from a professional or plan a DIY project.
3. Remove Popcorn Ceilings
Popcorn ceilings have a dated and often unsightly appearance. They were once popular as a fast technique to cover up flaws in the ceiling. Fortunately, they aren’t that hard to get rid of. You can find DIY tools specifically made to remove popcorn ceilings if you don’t want to pay someone to do it.
4. Replace Fixtures and Hardware
Fixtures such as doorknobs and faucets make an instant impression on visitors. Consider replacing your front doorknob, kitchen cabinet hardware and faucets in the bathroom and kitchen. If it matches the style of your home, consider getting elegant antique fixtures. An even simpler trick is to paint your existing fixtures.
5. Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are an economical way to cool a room. They reduce the need for air conditioning in summer and help circulate air throughout the year. They are decorative as well. You can replace old light fixtures with ceiling fans. Fans can be wired so that you can control lights as well as the fan using the same switch.
6. Add or Upgrade Your Mirrors
Mirrors have an impact out of proportion to their size. A well-placed mirror can make a room look larger. Mirrors are also decorative and can add appeal to almost any room. There are a wide variety of styles and sizes to choose from, whether you want an antique mirror with an elaborate frame or one with a sleek modern design.
7. Install Container Plants
Container plants are a simple way to create a more earthy and welcoming environment both indoors and outdoors. You can add them around the house, on the porch, or in your yard. Flowering plants also contribute a pleasant aroma.
8. Add Stylish Interior Shutters
Shutters make attractive window treatments that provide insulation from both the heat and cold as well as privacy. Choosing shutters that are the right style match for your home also add decorative appeal.
9. Upgrade Your Stairs
Staircases get lots of traffic and, despite your best attempts to maintain them, often appear worn. Installing a new runner is the fastest way to give your stairs a fresh new look. Adding a new handrail will also transform the look and can make them safer as well. If the handrail is in decent condition, consider painting it instead.
10. Install, Repair or Replace Your Bathroom Vent Fan
A vent fan in the bathroom serves several functions. It circulates air and prevents steamed mirrors and windows. Even better, it helps prevent mildew and mold. If you haven’t replaced or serviced your vent fan in a while, it may be time to get a new one. Or, a service professional might be able to replace the motor so it works like new.
These are just a few ideas for home upgrades. For more information on major home improvement projects, contact us!