If you are looking to remodel your home, you will want to include home improvements that will stay in style. An upgrade that remains in style will add value to your home. Renovations that go out of style could cause your home to lose value, as it may be more difficult to sell. Here are the 10 top home improvements that will keep your home in style.
1. Lighting & Fixtures
Good lighting not only increases the aesthetics of the home, it also helps a homeowner feel comfortable and less tired and stressed. Adding interior and exterior lights will make your home more marketable.
“Installing water-saving faucets and showerheads will save you gallons of water use. Another energy saver is the use of a two-button dual-flush toilet. These dual-flush designs only use a fraction of the water regular toilets use. Faucets, showerheads, and toilets designs are stylish and will definitely move your bathroom design to a new level.” –Bathroom Renovation Trends
Despite the fact that we are now in an age where HVAC systems are used to heat a home, people still enjoy having a fireplace. Rather than the wood-burning fireplace, the most common fireplace inserted in a home is one that uses gas.
3. Built-in Storage
Everyone likes their home to look neat and orderly. Built-in storage spaces utilize an already made structure, providing more space in a home.
4. New Paint
Having a freshly painted room increases the probability of your home selling. This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to remodel a home. Chose any color you want, it can always be redone! However, “If you notice a crack starting to form at the seam between your wall and baseboard, you shouldn’t just paint over the top that won’t fix anything. Instead, add a new layer of caulk to help fill in the gap.” –Lauren Smith.
5. Wood Flooring
Unlike carpet, wood flooring consistently adds to a home. It fits into any style of home, whether it is a contemporary home, log cabin, or colonial home.
People enjoy being able to easily walk around their landscape and enjoy the outdoors. Include a sidewalk and deck to meet those needs. Stone, brick, or another hard material will make the outdoor area last and retain its appearance.
7. Perennials, Flowers & Trees
Flowers increase the curb appeal. Choosing a flower that is colorful and grows back every year is perfect for a low maintenance and attractive yard. Discover what type of perennial grows best in your area and start planting. Don’t forget about adding cut flower arrangements to the inside of your home. Fresh flowers really up the ante of any room, and they feel special. It can be as simple as a $10 bunch of roses from your corner market. They feel so fresh and are perfect for spring. There’s something about flowers in a space that elevates a room and your mood.
Plant a tree
If you aren’t planning to sell your house today, plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time. When shade trees mature they will make your home more desirable and a fully grown, properly placed tree can cut your cooling costs by as much as 40 percent. Mature landscaping is also great for the environment, providing a necessary habitat for wildlife while adding valuable curb appeal to your home.
8. Large entrances
When it comes to the entrance of your home, the saying “the bigger, the better” remains true. As the welcoming agent to your home, an entrance should be visible, have a shelter, and demonstrate strength.
9. Trimming and molding
A small and simple remodel of the moldings and trims can go a long way. With this renovation, there is no limit. The more moldings and trims added the more artistic the home will feel.
10. Spend an hour with a pro
Invite a realtor or interior designer over to check out your home. Many realtors will do this as a courtesy, but you will probably have to pay a consultation fee to a designer. Check with several designers in your area; a standard hourly fee is normally less than $100, and in an hour they can give you lots of ideas for needed improvements. Even small suggested improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home.