Refurbishing Your Home: Top Tips

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Whether you’re planning on putting your home up for sale or just want to give it a spruce-up, it would be a good idea to plan your refurbishment ahead of time so you’re aware of what is most important to tie in with your budget. Renovations can be costly; therefore, it would be best to map out the entire process from start to finish so you can achieve your ideal result. Some refurbishments can be minimal and cheap, while others can be costly; however, it is all about making your house a home. In this guide, we’re going to look at some of the key aspects to take on board when it comes to refurbishing your property: 

Go green

If you’re keen on preserving the environment, you could make your home a ‘greener’ place to live. Making your property eco-friendly can be a costly upfront investment, but you will reap the rewards by making hefty savings off your bills over the years. Some of the most common ‘green techniques’ for homes include:

  • Solar panel system
  • High-efficiency water system
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Rainwater collection system
  • Natural landscaping 
  • Hot water recirculation 

Apply a fresh coat of paint

A fresh coat of paint in your main living spaces can immediately change up the space. The tone you choose should match the usage of each room and the type of emotions you wish to feel within it through color psychology. For example, blues are calming and cool, which are great for bedrooms and living spaces, while red promotes energy and excitement, which may be suited for a home gym or studio. However, if you’re considering putting your home on the market, you should opt for more neutral tones that are more appealing to the general population. Individuals need to imagine themselves living there and putting their own stamp on the place; therefore, a simplistic and understated aesthetic is key for a quick sale. 

Replace the flooring

Old, worn-out flooring instantly makes a home appear neglected and unwelcoming, so if it has been some time before you changed your flooring, it may be about time you did. Wooden flooring would be advised if you have small children or pets to easily wipe up spillages and muddy paws; however, if you’re prioritizing comfort, carpet may be a more suitable option. Carpet is typically only purchased every decade or so, so it’s important to make the right choice. Despite this, it can be difficult to know how to pick good quality carpet for your home as they come in a range of weights and textures. With this in mind, it would be wise to do your homework and check out samples before making a final decision. 

Opt for storage space

You can never have too much storage space, and implementing clever storage options into your home keeps clutter and belongings out of sight. This can make a room much more spacious and welcoming. There are many different storage space options to suit the space available – some of which can blend into the interior to give the illusion of a larger room. 

Choose flexible furnishings

If your home is a little on the small side, you should consider purchasing flexible furnishings to make the most of your rooms. For example, a sofa bed is a practical choice if you don’t have a spare room but wish to have guests stay over, while a coffee table with interior storage space keeps clutter out of view. With flexible furnishings, you can retain as much interior space as possible and keep everything orderly, neat, and welcoming. 

Go open-plan

Now that there are so many pressures on parents’ shoulders, an open-plan living space allows you to multitask within the home. Living/kitchen diners have become extremely popular as they create a free-flowing space that floods natural light through the downstairs and allows you to spend time with the family. This layout will increase the efficiency of your home and the value of the property if you choose to put it up for sale. Open plan living often requires an extension to be built to increase the floor space and give you much more room to include all of the amenities you require. Despite the upfront investment, it will certainly help your home work for you and entice potential buyers if you choose to put it on the market. 

If you’re looking to refurnish your home in the near future, we hope the above guide has given you some valuable pointers to keep in mind.