When you think of home improvement projects, you probably think about those that involve a lot of time and money, such as a kitchen remodel or the addition of an extra bedroom. While they would certainly boost your home’s value, it’s important to focus on projects that actually bring value to your day to day life.
Today, we’re taking the time to talk about all those projects that actually improve your quality of life. Whether it’s to make it easier, more comfortable, or even just to save you money on bills, below you will find the exact home improvement project your home is in need of!
“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor." – Elon Musk
Are you tired of finding a high energy bill waiting for you every month?
Your electrical company charges both a supply rate and a separate rate for how many kilowatts of power you use. The costs can add up, especially if you live with other people or have an older home.
Installing solar panels can drastically bring down your power bills and earn you tax credits when you file next year. Solar panels need much less maintenance than traditional electricity does, too.
Another way to simplify your life and save money is with the addition of a smart thermostat. This is one of the best home improvements that you can do on your own. The thermostat that you choose comes with detailed instructions on how to set it up and use it. You can even download an app and sync it to adjust the temperature when you're not home.
Smart thermostats also learn the settings that you like and use the most often and can adjust themselves without your input.
Remodel a Room
While the complete remodel of a room can cost much more than you can afford, you can renovate a room for much less if you focus on smart projects and additions.
Think about your master bathroom or one that you share with family members. Replacing the tile or hanging new wallpaper can cost as little as $500 or less. You can replace the old sink with a new one for around the same amount or spend a little more on a new toilet. Even changing the lighting and replacing the old fixtures for brighter ones can make your life easier without emptying your wallet.
Always fighting with your spouse because they’re grooming for too long while you also need to use the sink? Install double sinks! This is the type of small investment that actually makes a world of difference in your quality of life.
Storage is one of the top things buyers look for when they tour homes for sale. You might find that your available storage disappeared as you added to your family, but it's easy to add new storage with a weekend DIY home improvement project.
For example, if you're tired of searching for holiday decorations in your garage, organize the space with new storage. You can choose racks that hang from the ceiling and shelves that sit against the walls.
Now is a good time to add more storage to any room that looks cluttered or feels disorganized.
A lack of insulation is the number one reason why your heating bills go up in winter and you still feel cold. Poor insulation can also make your home feel warmer on a hot day and cause your AC to run constantly.
Insulation comes in different forms that include rolls and smaller pieces. With insulation rolls, the installer cuts them into the size and shape needed before adding them to your home. Contractors can also use blown-in insulation, which they install through a machine that blows the insulation through holes in the walls.
An energy audit helps you see where you lose energy and need more insulation. House improvements such as these can save you a lot in the long run, and make you much more comfortable during cold or warm weather.
Treat your pet like any other member of your family with a space just for that animal. Why settle for a metal crate that sticks out like a sore thumb or a litter box that becomes the focal point of your living room? You can easily build a wood table or transform a cabinet that covers a litter box and blends with your other furniture.
If you have more time, consider designating a spot in the room just for your pet. You can add a bed and a little cubby that stores all of your pet's toys.
Don't waste another nice day stuck inside because you don't have a place to relax outside. Design a patio that is perfect for spending time with your family and entertaining friends.
Laying a concrete slab that serves as the patio base only takes a few hours on the weekend. You can then have fun choosing furniture and adding accents such as a fire pit or game area.
Choose ideas that fit with what you like doing outside. With any of these home improvement projects, you can simplify your life and enjoy spending more time at home.
Which of these projects will you take on first? Request a free quote from a home improvement service and make it happen!