Wanting a new home this new year, but you could not make a budget for it? Don’t worry, and you can still do so without leaving your actual home without even spending as much!
Check out these 10 simple home refinements to make your lovely abode look and feel brand new.
1. Fix broken pipes
Alright, let’s start from the inside. Repairing broken water or sprinkler pipe not only can save your house from floods, but it can also save you lots of money if done sooner than later. You can either call a plumber to do this if you don’t know how to.
2. Check and repair or replace old fixtures
First off, what are house fixtures? According to the Houston Association of Realtors, a fixture is something that takes a screwdriver or other tool for it to be removed, such as TV wall mounts, ceiling fans, built-in shelves, planted landscaping, smoke detectors, toilet, plugs, and sockets, etc. In another definition, it is an item that is attached or fixed to the walls or the floor.
Now, no new home has a broken, unavailable, and unattached or hanging fixture, right?
3. Repaint walls
Do you want a new home theme? Or you want to do some maintenance work? No matter what the reason is, newly painted walls surely are refreshing.
Tip: Can’t decide what color to use? Go for white! You can never go wrong with it. Plus, white paint can make your room look bigger and brighter, and it can also be paired with your fixtures and furniture of any color.
4. Change your curtains
When did you last change your curtains? Sometimes, we tend to overlook them and not notice that they make our home look and feel old.
Tip: Use clean, fresh white curtains to make your room seem bigger and brighter and allow more light to enter. You can also do this if your home has too much color.
5. Polish your wood furniture
Dusting your wood furniture is not enough because buildups, stains, and scratches develop on your tables, shelves, cabinets, and other wooden furnishings over time. If you want them to look their best, you need to do some deep cleaning.
6. Furbish metal fixtures and furnishings
Metal fixtures and furnishings are made of aluminum, stainless steel, brass, copper, and wrought iron. Examples of these are doorknobs, curtain rods, bed frames, light fixtures, showerheads, etc. While these may be small details, polishing or repainting them can make a difference in making your home look and feel brand new.
7. Transform your home with lighting
Having the right lighting can bring out the best in your home. As you add or update your light fixtures, don’t forget to install some in the dark corners of a room.
8. Put indoor plants
Bring more life to your home with plants. Not only that they make your space look new and great, but studies also show that indoor greenery boosts your mood and productivity, reduces stress, and helps clean air, among many other benefits.
9. Replace carpets
Carpets are made to last for about 3 to 5 years. If yours has stains, rips, and tears, and is stinky, then maybe vacuuming it isn’t enough anymore. Replacing your old carpet with a new one can add beauty and style to your room, boost your home’s value, and eliminate odor. It can also decrease your allergy symptoms by improving indoor air quality.
Among these tips, admittedly, decluttering is the hardest and the most tedious task, especially if you have tons of belongings. But it doesn’t only do well for your home, it definitely also has great benefits for you. Put away unnecessary and unused items and store well the ones you still need, and see how it can reduce your stress and anxiety.
Ultimately, making your home look and feel brand new doesn’t have to be expensive and grand. Paying regular attention to the things you tend to ignore is important in maintaining your home’s freshness.