10 Home Improvement Tips to Help Fall Back In Love With Your Home
The carpet has a perma-stain the shape of California, an avalanche of pots and pans fall to the floor in stereo every time the kitchen cabinet opens, the back door needs a good kick to shut, and the utility sink faucet has been dripping since the Bush Administration. The first President George Bush! Sound familiar to anyone?
Homeownership is the American dream, but over time the wear and tear of everyday living takes its toll. Then is not as much of a dream. Selling your house and starting fresh in a new home is a good option that many people choose, but you can also make some relatively simple changes to fall in love with your home.
This article will list several options to add a spark to a room or space. However, as a REALTOR I can’t help but keep an eye out for the impact updates will have on the value of a home and the ROI (Return on Investment) of any project. Therefore, all tips will also have an eye on getting you back in the near-term honeymoon phase as well as a long-lasting love affair with your home.
Some updates are simple, easy and affordable options that go a long way to loving your home more. Others may require a little outside help and budgeting to afford, but they are high ROI improvements that will practically pay you back whenever you decide to sell. Que the Barry White music….
Easy, Affordable DIY Home Improvements
Paint an entire room or simply add an accent wall. Adding a thick coat of matte enamel is one of the quickest and most cost-effective methods to improve the look and feel of a room. However, unless you’re willing to repaint over your candy stripe bedroom masterpiece, it’s best to stick with light, neutral colors with mass appeal. Take the time to choose your colors and prep the room before you paint. Painting is a lot of work, but few things can change a room, and your love for it, like paint, can.
Clutter contributes to stress. Not only do disorganized closets, drawers, storage areas and cabinets dampen your mood, but they also interfere with productivity. Start with one closet or cabinet and pull everything out. Separate into piles to keep, donate, sell or throw away. Resist your inner hoarder tendencies and get rid of everything you don’t use or need. De-cluttering is a fantastic way to build inventory for that epic garage sale you’ve been dreaming about having. Repeat this process until you finish a room and then eventually the entire house. This step will start to pay back immediately with peace of mind after the first closet is de-cluttered.
Repurpose a Space
Do you have spaces in your home that are haunted? No, not by ghosts, but by dust due to the lack of use by members of your family. Each room of your house should serve a purpose. If you have an underutilized room, consider organizing it, so that it serves a purpose. Spaces such as an office, workout room, homework center, craft room, makeup desk, game room or library will add function to your home today and appeal to home buyers in the future.
Organizing is a close relative to de-cluttering, and they are often both accomplished in the same project. However, organizing is one of the most important steps to loving your home, so it deserves its own 15 minutes of fame. Go through cabinets, storage areas, basements, and closets. Ensure everything is easy to locate, fits nicely and gives the impression of space. Again, similar to de-cluttering, this exercise requires no money and just a little time to deliver a lot of love and affection for your home.
Do you have a leaky faucet, broken drawer, squeaky ceiling fan, stubborn toilet or sticky door that’s been driving you cray-cray for a while? If you are like almost every other home in America, your answer is a resounding “YES.” Take a weekend to fix all minor annoyances and make minor repairs. You know you need to do them eventually anyway, so set aside a few hours one day and fix everything. Not only are you potentially avoiding more costly repairs down the road, but you’ll enjoy your home so much more afterward.
Don’t forget about the outside of your home. In some seasons, we spend a lot more time outdoors, and it can become an extension of our indoor living spaces. Add a raised flower bed or garden in the backyard and fill with plants with a lot of colors. Power wash driveways, sidewalks, pool decks and patios. Trimming trees and shrubs with a good yard cleaning will make your home sparkle again.
High Satisfaction, High ROI DIY Home Improvement Projects
New Drapes, Pillows & Rugs
These don’t have to be pricey investments. If you are a savvy shopper or handy with a sewing machine, all three options can provide a major upgrade to your living space without breaking the bank. Be bold with your colors if you want – these options can be easily removed or replaced when you sell. Plus, a properly sized area rug can transform a room. If you need help finding the properly sized rug for your space, read this article.
Whether it is a new accent lamp, recessed can lights or a new chandelier, lighting is a major element of design. Lamps are one of the most economical ways to update a room, and you can take them with you. It is also a good idea to update builder-grade or outdated light fixtures in the kitchen and bathrooms. If you want to live on the edge, add some under cabinet accent lights or track lighting to change the mood of each room.
New Knobs & Pulls
You’ve probably heard the saying that kitchens sell homes. Updated kitchens also deliver loads of love and happiness to existing owners as well. Consider adding or replacing the knobs and pulls on the cabinets to provide a new, updated look to your kitchen.
Pro tip: Adding or replacing backsplash can dramatically transform a kitchen, but be sure to find a design that enhances and complements your existing countertops, floors, and cabinets, so you don’t have to add those to your “to-do” list in the future.
New Front Door
Adding a new front door can change the feel of your entire home. It can also require a significant investment so be sure to shop around if you do choose to add a new front door. You may also be able to repaint or stain your existing door depending on the type. If you are brave, considering painting your front door a bold color when you sell your home. A front door is often the first impression of a home so don’t forget to give your front door some love.
A Bonus Tip to Fall in Love With Your Home Again!
If you complete all those projects, your home will feel fresh, new and inviting. You’ll fall in love with your home all over again!
If you can’t refresh the entire home, focus on the rooms that are most important to buyers if you ever choose to sell. According to the National Association of Realtors survey, these are the top five most important rooms to buyers.
- Living/Family room
- Master bedroom
- Dining Room
- Front Yard (Curb Appeal)
Regardless of the updates and improvements you choose, I have one final tip that anyone that wants to love their home more should do. Treat your home (and yourself) to a whole house, deep cleaning including carpets. Walk into your home after a full, deep cleaning, and it will be love at first sight all over again!
I hope you found these tips and suggestions helpful. I love helping homeowners when it comes time to sell and get top dollar. If you have any questions or just want to know what your home is worth, please call me at 480-250-3102 or email me at GoWithGoluba@gmail.com. Click here to learn more about The Goluba Team.