When you buy a new home, the chances are you will have a big long list of home improvements you want to do. They may range from big to little tasks. It depends on the type of home you have just moved into. If it is brand new, you may find it’s just little changes that need to be made. If the house has been built for some time, you might have bigger things to tackle.
One of the main issues that people have is not only doing the work, but also how they plan on financing it. After all, buying the property can be a big achievement in itself, now where is the money coming from to tackle the jobs you want to do? This is when you could look into home improvement financing options to see what you can do. However, what sort of jobs will need to be done? Here are seven home improvements you should add to your list.
New windows and doors
If you have moved into an older house, then you may need to consider replacing the windows and doors. This doesn't just add to the appearance and value of your home but could help with any heating bills you have. Double glazed windows keep the heat in making sure your home stay warm.
Getting roof and wall insulation will be a good thing to do for your home to help it stay warmer during the colder months and will also help reduce your energy bills. It is a good investment and can help increase how much your home is worth.
Depending on the type of house you are living in the chances are that the flooring will be to the previous owner's taste. The carpets and flooring may not have been replaced for some time. Adding wooden flooring or new carpets to your home can make it feel more like your house and not someone else's.
If it’s a new home you have or an older one it may require some painting and decorating. This allows you to make the house more to your taste. You could decide to stick with neutral colours incase you ever decide to move again. Or go for something a little more out there to match you and your family's personalities.
If your new home has space, it might be worth considering an extension. This could add some serious value to any resale price in the future. But what an extension can do is provide you with more space that you need. Perhaps an extra bedroom or living space. You don’t have to go as drastic as building an extension. You could create more living space by just adding a conservatory.
You could create more living space by just adding a conservatory. The possibilities are endless when it comes to potentially expanding your home, and it’s important to do your research beforehand to ensure you have a solid plan. Whatever you do though, make sure you are working with a reputable company when it’s time to design and build home additions, otherwise, you could potentially be signing yourself up for loads and loads of headaches!
New kitchen and bathrooms
Again this would depend on the house you have moved into. A new home will already have a new kitchen and bathroom. However, an older house will have something that would have been added a long time ago. A new kitchen and bathroom can add a lot of value to your home. But it can also make your home more appealing to you and your family.
Finally, after all those home improvements you must consider the finishing touches. Adding some beautiful pieces of furniture, soft furnishings and personal pieces can make a house a home. Things like pictures and candles can make a lot of difference to a house. Changing light fittings can also make a big difference to your house style. The fitted lights that were already in place may not have been to your taste.
Let’s hope this little list provides you with some inspiration to make your home improvements.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.