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Whether you buy a new home, an apartment or a house that needs some maintenance, every new homeowner feels the need to improve their home. There are simple tips that you can follow to ensure you end up with the home of your dreams.
Improve what adds the most value to your home
What do you value most in your home? Is it its value? The way it looks? How comfortable it is? Something else? Value is a subjective thing and you ought to select the home improvements that will add the most value to your home, however you define value. If you want to resell your home in a few years, adding a new kitchen or even a new floor might go a long way in ensuring you get what you deserve for your home.
If you define value as having the most comfortable home for you and your family’s needs, then adding furniture, changing out the air conditioner or even sorting out a leaking roof are all things you might want to consider.
Do it yourself or hire a contractor?
Home improvement costs a lot of money. It is therefore important that you decide what things you can do yourself and what things to leave in the hands of a contractor. One simple home improvement you can do yourself is painting the walls. Do not work on any parts of the house that require a certified and qualified professional, like the electricity, plumbing or roof.
Fix the bathroom and kitchen
These two are quite important, especially for those who would like to sell their homes. Even if this is not you, a good kitchen and bathroom will go a long way in improving the feel and comfort of your home. Adding new tiles, a new sink, or even a bathtub might just change the way you view and feel about your home.
Fix the lawns
Adding some color to your lawn or even keeping it neat can have a profound effect on not only you but also any potential buyers who might pass by. Flowers and plants that add color to your front loan are relatively cheap and you can even plant them yourself, all without the help of a gardener.
Update your finishes
Finishes, such as those on your cabinets or doors, can help rejuvenate a house. Adding new light fixtures can give your house a new ambiance as can adding more curtains.
Check your filters
This might not be a home improvement tip per se, but it can also be a home maintenance tip. Your filters need to be checked from time to time. Air filters can help improve the quality of air in your home and help bring your air conditioner power consumption down. If you have pets, you might need to check or replace your air filter every 60-90 days. Cleaning your vents can help keep your family safe from flu and other illnesses caused by dust and germs. If you are feeling ambitious, you might also replace your vent covers so you do not have to check or replace your filters too often.