Top tips to update your home

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Whether you live in a modern mansion or a traditional country cottage, it’s vital that you keep your home looking its best and carry out general maintenance where possible. If you don’t, you could end up with some costly repairs in the future and your house might even go down in value.


Start by inspecting your home both inside and out. Make a list of anything you feel you’d like to work on, no matter how small. It could be something as simple as fixing a leaky tap or a big project, like laying a patio. By ticking off the list one by one, you’ll finish with a sense of pride and achievement. Read on for some more ideas of updates you could carry out.

Lighting

One simple way to give your home a little facelift is to install some outdoor lighting. This can improve the curb appeal of your property and potentially increase its value. Not only that, it will also improve safety and security by making it easier for people to navigate around in the dark and deterring criminals, who tend to seek out dark buildings where they can’t be spotted.


You might also want to update the lighting inside your property as well. One option is to replace your lightbulbs with LEDs for improved efficiency and reduced utility bills. LEDs tend to last longer than their alternatives, so you probably won’t have to replace them for a long time. What’s more, they can be hooked up to your home automation software to help make life that much easier for you.

Paint

It’s funny how much of a difference a fresh lick of paint can have on your home. Depending on the colour you choose, of course, a coat of paint will brighten up the room and make it feel a little tidier. As well as painting the walls, you could also consider the doors and window frames. Wear and tear is inevitable and everyone’s walls have one or two marks on them here and there. With that said, you home will probably need to be painted once every few years. 

Drainage

If you don’t have an adequate drainage system on your property, you could risk damaging the foundations of your building, which could result in cracks and leaks. When the soil surrounding your property becomes too moist after heavy rainfall, it can put pressure on the building. The damage will be costly to repair, so it’s worth avoiding it in the first place. With that said, make sure that you have a decent drainage system installed, which you should check regularly for blockages.

Flooring

A new floor can have a huge impact on the look and feel of your home. Regardless of whether you are installing stunning new laminate or a fluffy carpet, make sure that you save this until the end of your renovation project so that you don’t ruin it.

Windows

One option that you may not have thought of is replacing one or two of your windows with stained-glass. While these are normally associated with religious buildings, they are actually a fantastic way to incorporate an element of your personality within your home.

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