As a homeowner, you probably think a lot about how to add value to your home while making it more enjoyable and useful for you and your family. While adding a pool or undertaking a massive remodeling job can be effective, not all updates and improvements have to require draining your savings account or your energy. Here are some ideas for affordable and easy additions to make to your home.
- Solar Panels
Adding solar panels to your home is a great way to increase its value and save on electricity. Once your panels are installed, you can go one step further and get a home solar battery. This will store power from your panels so that you can use it when the power goes out, when the sun isn’t shining or when you want to use additional solar energy to save money on electricity.
- Light Fixtures
Take a critical look at the lighting in your home. Are there any dimly lit areas or spots where you find the light too harsh? Strategize how to add or move lights to make those improvements. Even updating your current fixtures for style and energy efficiency can go a long way to help increase your home’s value and your enjoyment of it. Don’t forget your outdoor fixtures either: They can instantly modernize your house’s exterior.
- Under-the-Counter Water Filtration System
Installing a spigot for filtered hot and cold water is an affordable and useful addition to your kitchen. These dispensers make it easy to not only drink filtered water, but also to use it in your cooking. Plus, getting one with an instant hot water system will help you save time and money on boiling water.
- Programmable Thermostat
Upgrading your thermostat to a programmable model can help you reduce both your energy bill and your daily to-do list. There are a variety of models and complexities to choose from to fit your budget and needs. Whether you choose one that you can control long-distance from your phone or a basic one that just allows you to set a heating and cooling schedule on the unit itself, a programmable thermostat can add value to your home for you and any future buyers.
- Kitchen Backsplash
An easy-to-clean backsplash doesn’t need to be expensive, and it can protect your kitchen walls from water damage and stains. It can also quickly elevate the look of your space and give you a chance to get creative and express your style. Plus, most of the time you can install it yourself, making it even more affordable.
- Permanent Window Treatments
Mount interior wood shutters or blinds to improve the look of your windows. The sturdy fixtures not only block light and prying eyes when you need them to, but also trap heat indoors during the winter and keep the sun out during the summer. They also look beautiful and polished, which is another bonus.
- Additional Storage
Look for ways to add permanent storage to your kitchen, laundry room, or other areas that tend to attract clutter. Open shelving in small spaces can be both stylish and functional, while installing cabinets in larger spaces can be a more involved, yet highly beneficial task. Just make sure that the space the cabinets use increases the function of the room instead of taking away from it.
- Trim and Hardware
It’s amazing how the little things add up to create a beautiful home. Install crown molding or unique doors to offer visual interest in a room. Instantly update any space by swapping out your cabinet hardware, door handles, exterior house number and mailbox, if your HOA allows it. Details like these will give your house the facelift it deserves.
Improving your home in small, affordable weekend projects not only keeps your wallet happy, but also keeps you and your family’s stress levels under control. When they’re finished, though, these updates will make your home more enjoyable for you and attractive to future buyers.
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