If you’ve been in your home for a few years, it may be time to think about some updates. Updating your home doesn’t have to be a super expensive proposition. It can be as easy as changing some décor or as extensive as adding a patio. Remember that your home is an investment and any improvements will only add to its value. So start looking at some idea pages and get to work on giving your home a refresh.

Here are some ideas to get your started.

Make those repairs

Having to tackle home repairs is something every homeowner will have to face. After living in a home even a few short years, you’ll start to notice things that will need your attention. Bathroom faucets are going to start leaking at some point. There’s no need to call in a professional for small things like this. There are videos aplenty that show exactly how to repair this small thing.

Has a door been opened too hard and you now have a nice door knob shaped hole in the wall? Again, you can fix this yourself. There are sheet rock patch kits available at the home improvement stores. Many come with every thing you need to patch the hole seamlessly. Again, it will take a bit of work, but you don’t need the expense of a professional to make this repair.

Repairs won’t fix themselves and ignoring areas that need attention will likely get worse over time.

Paint the walls

The easiest update you can give your home is freshly painted walls. You can change the entire feel of a room just by adding a different paint color. You don’t even have to paint every wall. Choose a large wall and paint it an accent color. You’ll instantly add interest to the room. If you like your  walls color palette, but time, kids, and pets, have taken a toll on its finish, you can simply repaint in the same color.

Think of adding new accessories to the room for a refreshed look. New pillows and throw blankets can instantly give a different vibe. Changing window coverings can achieve the same. If your love of your home has diminished over time, adding some new accessories can help you find reasons to love it again.


If you want to go all out, consider renovations such as adding a deck or pool. How about renovating your en suite bathroom to give it a spa like feel? These are things that you will need to hire professionals for. But any big renovation will only add to the value of your home. The important thing is finding contractors you can trust. The best way to do that is to talk to friends and family to get recommendations. Online reviews can only go so far. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if the contractor has had unresolved complaints against the company. Don’t just hire the cheapest bidder. Go for quality and dependability for the best results.

When planning renovations you should make sure you inspect your windows and doors. If you’re windows are fogged, cracked, or otherwise not in the best shape; maybe consider replacing them. There have been so many improvements in windows over the years, they can actually save you money on your energy bills. Brands like Infinity from Marvin windows are just one such window. Again, it’s not the cheapest option, but the value you’ll add along with energy savings make it worthwhile.


To maximize your space and minimize your anxiety; try decluttering. Do you have a collection of magazines you’ll never read again pilling up on your coffee table? Get rid of them. Or at least box them up and store them. While having cute pillows as room accessories is a great way to add flare to the room; too many pillows just add to clutter. They usually wind up on the floor so there’s more room on the couch for sitting. Edit your accessories around the room.

If you’ll declutter  your living areas, you’ll feel like you’ve gained some extra square footage. Take a look around your room. Is there furniture in there that is truly not necessary. Do you have occasional tables that never see use? Ottomans that never have feet on them? Give yourself permission to purge items that are truly not used or needed. Think of adding hanging wall shelves instead of bookcases to open up space in the room. 

Keep the things that reflect your personality and taste and box up things that don’t.

These are only a few ideas, but each can add charm and space to your home and give it a refreshed feel at the same time.


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