It’s easy to get swept away with improving our homes at the start of each new year. We tend to throw our time and efforts into planning lavish updates and how to make our homes appear more luxe, eager for a new year’s resolution that will last.
Fast forward to a few months down the line, and many of us find that we still haven’t made a start on them.
Don’t worry if you fall victim to this. By limiting your home improvement to-do list to a much smaller ‘do-able’ list, you’ll find your plans are much more manageable.
They key is to look at the ones which will instantly add value, in terms of your own enjoyment and for the house price.
Below are five key improvements which are completely worth your time, effort and money.
1. Look at door replacement
Although not always the first thing on your mind, the doors you have in and around your home make a huge statement. Your front door is one of the main doors you should pay attention to, after all, you know what they say about ‘curb appeal’.
With this in mind, it’s important to make sure your front door is in excellent condition.
Your front door will represent your home, therefore a smart design representative of the theme of your home is a must.
Ensure you assess all the doors around the home, too. Back and front doors work well when they let light in through window panel use, and bedroom doors should be solid and well-painted.
2. Update your patio
If you want to make a great first impression to any guests, the outdoor additions to your home should top your home improvement list.
You would be surprised at how much neighbours can judge you and your home from peeking in at your garden. Look at working on creating a neater, tidier garden complete with a beautiful patio this Summer. When it comes time to sell your property, potential buyers will be much more enthused if they know they don’t have to plan in a full garden makeover project.
Above all, having a garden complete with decking areas, neat fences, luscious grass and pretty flower beds is a joy all round to spend time in.
3. Give your staircase some TLC
Have you ever stopped to notice that your staircase could be hugely aging the look and feel of your home? Many older homes were built and kitted out with 60’s and 70’s style banisters and stairways, which are often overlooked. However, the more you begin to do up and improve the rest of your home, the stair way is often left behind.
To have a think about ways of improving yours, start by researching into staircase renovation. You’ll see there are some stunning staircases which can have glass panels, steel finishes and bespoke design.
It’s important that your staircase fits in with the theme of your home. If you like in a contemporary new build, you might want to look at more modern staircases and how they are finished off. If you’re home is an older one and needed renovating, have a look at a staircase refurbishment that is in-keeping with the feel of your home. You can utilise classic banisters and more traditional looking stairs, or even to give a country cottage feel.
4. Make use of unused space
Do you have a loft or a basement which doesn’t get any use, other than for storage? If so, make it something to update this year if your funds allow. By utilizing this unused space, you can create an extra bedroom, an office or even a home gym.
Of course, this project requires a lot of work, and it depends what state the spaces are currently in. Attics which have been unused for years tend to have layers of dust, but they will also need checking from unsafe flooring and holes in the roof.
Its wise to bring in the experts to ensure your attic is a safe place before starting any renovation tasks.
5. An extra bathroom
Whether you have a growing family, or just want to make use of the space in your home, adding an extra bathroom is a worthwhile home update.
You’ll find that many new home developments are built with homes that either have a downstairs bathroom or an en-suite to the main bedroom. The demand for homes with two toilets is increasingly growing, and no doubt it will increase the value of your home significantly.
6. Add decking to your garden
We mentioned above that any outdoor additions are vital to updating your home, so following form is to invest in decking. Perhaps you already have decking in your rear garden which needs improving, or, you may have suitable space to create a decking area.
If you implement a large wooden decking area to your garden, it instantly creates a new space designed to relax, host BBQ’s or use as a place for children to play away from the grass. That aside, good quality decking can work wonders to create a smart new layout and structure to your garden.
Remember that they key is to focus and put effort into mid-range projects. They avoid the need for huge renovation projects, yet still add plenty of value to your home.