If it’s been a little while since you’ve done a bit of sprucing up around the house (or if you just like to switch things up), it’s likely that some things around the house could do with a bit of TLC. In fact, there’s probably a lot that could do with renewing altogether! If you’re interested in giving your home an upgrade, read on to find out the 5 simplest home improvements you can do to bring your home to life.
Renew Your Dishwasher
The dishwasher is one of the most useful items in your home, but if you’ve not updated it in a while, it might be doing more harm than good. Not only could it be wasting energy and water, but it also means you end up paying more for these bills. This is especially true if your washer is old and struggles to do all your dishes in one wash. Time for an upgrade!
Switching out your old (and probably less effective) washer to a newer, water-conserving model will not only save you money on your energy and water bills but will give you a much better wash of your plates, meaning it’s unlikely you’ll need to be doing a second (or even third, depending on the age of your dishwasher) wash of the dishes to get the rest of the muck off. That means a new dishwasher could help you save even more money! Money-saving, efficient, and environmentally friendly – what more could you want?
Upgrade Your Boiler
Although it’s easy to forget about, your old boiler is sat chugging away – and using up excess energy in the process. New boilers are far more energy-efficient than old ones, meaning you’ll end up using less energy in total. This also means you won’t need to wait for ages for the hot water to come out of the tap, or sit in the shower as it wobbles between hot and cold.
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Replacing your boiler is also important to prevent future disasters from happening in the future. Limescale and other build-ups can cause leaks, meaning not only do you have to replace the boiler anyway, but you have to pay for cleaning and repair fees! Replacing in advance means you can keep you and your home happy, and avoid dishing out unnecessary cash.
Brighten Up Your Walls
Redecorating is a lot of fun, but it has a ton of benefits as well that can make your home even better. Adding splashes of colour can really help create a specific mood – depending on the mood you want to go for, you can plan around that. You might want a bright colour such as a red in the dining room for entertainment, but a more mellow blue in the bedroom for when you want some downtime (this can even help reduce blood pressure!). This can not only add a little something different to your home, but it can make you feel more at home, too.
Painting your walls also has a lot of practicality. If you plan on moving in the future, it can increase your house value (you’d be surprised by how much the look of a room can affect the price of a house), and it can give your house a better view to the outside world, too. The paint will also give your walls an added layer to cover previous damage as well as protect it from potential damage such as cracking paint or peeling wallpaper. Practical and fun!
Create Some Shelf Space
Storage space is the bane of some people’s lives – there just never seems to be enough! However, it is possible for you to add more storage space to your home with shelves. Shelves are an incredibly flexible item that can suit anyone, whether they’re looking for an endless bookcase, a space for awards, or a gallery of family photos. They can also really help to brighten up the room and give it more personality – after all, you’re filling these shelves with whatever you like, and so you give that room character!
The beauty of shelves is that they can be added almost anywhere – alcoves, wonky corners, high walls, you name it! They can be fitted in any space, meaning not only can you use up unused space, but you can help fill a room up without using too much space and cramping the room up. Not only do shelves allow you to make the most of wasted space, but they offer you an opportunity to really bring out some colour in your room.
Revamp Your Lighting
Lighting has a much bigger impact on your home than you may think. Choosing between hard and soft, bright or dim, warm or cold, all depends on what sort of mood you want to create. It’s also a great way to add some style, as well as practicality.
Lights have a tendency to go old or worn, and you’ve surely had to replace many bulbs in your lifetime. Changing these bulbs for longer-lasting bulbs such as LED bulbs means they will not only last longer, saving you money but also use less energy, meaning that, again, you can cut down spending on your energy bills. This is without sacrificing any sort of power – a 9-watt LED can emit as much as a 60-watt incandescent bulb.
You can add lights wherever you like too. Perhaps you’d want some running lights lining underneath the cupboards so you can light up the workspace, or perhaps some hanging bulbs over the breakfast bar for a more entertaining atmosphere. Even lamps are a great way to brighten up your room – and they come in a huge variety of styles, meaning you’re sure to find ones that suit you best. The brighter the room, the happier it can seem, so keep your home well lit and you’re bound to feel satisfied.
If you’re feeling in the mood for a real makeover, you can go one step further and even add a skylight to a room. The best kind of light you can use is daylight, and letting those rays shine in through a skylight will give any room a refreshing feel. These can be particularly great in bathrooms, where you don’t want to be adding huge windows – adding a skylight leaves you with your privacy without having to use a dull and dark room. A skylight can also transform a bedroom, giving you the perfect space to park an armchair or desk.
These 5 things are well worth revamping – even updating one of these is bound to make your home feel like a different place altogether! Not only does this mean you’ll feel happier and more at home in your living space, but you’ll also be able to benefit from the practicalities, whether that’s saving money, keeping your house out of disrepair, or upping your home’s value. What are you waiting for? Make your house into your home!