The In’s and Out’s of Home Upgrades

Home Upgrades

It is easy to spend the most time on the bigger items when it comes to property upgrades. Oftentimes the most useful upgrades are the inexpensive changes that add convenience. If you are buying a new property or repairing an existing one, think about these helpful property upgrades that won’t cost a fortune.

Find a room to update

Choose either your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or basement and make that the focus of your next project. Rather than working on multiple projects at once now you can focus on the one room you chose. Paint the room, add new wall decor, clean out the closets and reorganize the drawers. Once one room is complete move onto the next one!

Think energy efficient

Not all upgrades need to be cosmetic. Energy efficiency is a big deal to many homeowners not only because it is better for the environment, but because it provides significant cost savings as well. Become an energy efficient home by:

  • Switching light bulbs to energy efficient ones
  • Invest in energy efficient appliances
  • Updating windows and doors with energy efficient ones

Not only will energy efficient items save you money in the long run, but you can also tax advantage of tax credits and rebates for using energy efficient appliances and items.

update your hardware

Hardware is one of the least-expensive yet most impactful upgrades a homeowner can make. Your home will look completely different just by simply switching out the hardware throughout your home (and it won’t break the bank!). Hardware you can switch out includes:

  • Bathroom and kitchen faucets
  • Cabinet handles
  • Shower heads
  • Bath tub/shower hardware
  • Door handles

Additional Upgrades

Something in our home can always be updated. It is deciding what is worth it that makes the decision a difficult one. After you have done some of the easier and cheaper upgrades, here are a few additional upgrades to look into:

  • Update lighting fixtures in the kitchen and bathrooms
  • Update the flooring
  • Upgrade the kitchen with a new backsplash, layout and/or appliances
  • Replace the shower/tub
  • Refinish the exterior of your home

Before taking on a lot of projects at once, take one at a time. This will help keep you on budget and focused on finishing one project before beginning another. Also keep in mind that any structural projects or additions to the home will need a permit. Do your research and you will be on your way to the home you have always dreamed of!