Whether you have lived in your home for a long time or have just purchased a fixer-upper, you may be feeling like your older house needs a little extra love, but don’t know where to start. There are many things you can update and change to make your home feel more inviting. Small changes can make a big difference. Just because your home is old doesn’t mean you need a new one. Try these 4 ways to spruce up the one you have!
Remodel Your Kitchen
Remodeling any area of your house, especially one you use as often as the kitchen, can seem like a large undertaking, but it’ll be worth it once you see the end results. If your house has good bones so to speak but the kitchen layout and appliances are old and outdated, remodeling could be a good option for you. Try designing your kitchen on paper first, including a list of what you want to get rid of, what you want to keep, what you want to change, and what you want to add. Then see if there is anything simple you can do yourself. Once that’s done, call a contractor and have them take a look at your existing kitchen and your ideas and formulate a plan.
Update Your Yard
If you have a yard space in the front or back of your house or both, you might want to try updating these outdoor areas to make your home feel fresh and welcoming. Weeding, trimming, and planting new plants will make your yard look brand new, and these are things that can be done yourself and very inexpensively. Your yard is one of the first things you see when you come home, so you may as well put some care into it.
Painting either the interior or exterior of your house (or both) will trick people into thinking it is much newer than it actually is. Experts recommend painting interior walls at least once every 5 years, so if you’ve lived in your home longer than that, it may be time for a few fresh coats. Interior paints can be purchased for low cost at hardware stores, and you can watch tutorials online so that you can do it yourself. Painting the exterior can be a bit more complicated and expensive however, so you may be better off hiring a professional.
Change The Flooring
Many older homes have carpeting or other unsightly or easily dirtied floors. Consider ripping up your flooring and replacing it with a classic hardwood that will last decades and only look better with time. Aside from having a more beautiful and modern look, hardwood is also able to withstand kids, pets, and heavy furniture without issue.
Your home might be older than you are, but it doesn’t have to show it! Putting a little money and elbow grease into your house may be just what it needs to look and feel how you’ve always wanted it to.