Getting a new home can be a life-changing event because of the benefits that it offers. If you’re thinking of making improvements to it, there are quite a few that you could consider. Here are five of them to help you narrow down your options and make it easier for you to get to work improving your home for your family.
Install a Spa or Hot Tub
Purchasing and installing a spa or hot tub for your home is a great way to give a fun, new look to it. You will also be in great company given the fact that a hot tub, spa, or pool is owned by 17.12% of Americans between ages 18 and 29. Since it costs between $20,000 and $35,000 to get an above-ground spa and between $15,000 and $20,000 for an in-ground spa, you may need to choose which of the two will work better for your home. It will be a tangible upgrade to your home and you will see its value go up noticeably. Your family will all enjoy it immensely for as long as they’re in the house.
Get Modern Appliances
If your larger appliances are older ones, you may want to upgrade them to newer ones with better energy star ratings. Doing this will see you make substantial savings as far as your energy usage goes, and you will also leave a smaller carbon footprint on the environment while at it. You could also set up more efficient systems, including getting power strips that can save you from the so-called energy vampires in your home, which keep using power even when turned off. Making all these changes may not cost you a lot, but it can help you see an improvement in the amount you spend on energy.
Add Storage Options
Storage is always going to be important for any home. With 13% to 20% of people moving every single year, it’s clear that space is important. These people can be attracted to storage unit companies through signage. While this is good information for moving companies, your home can similarly benefit from the extra storage room. It’s not to say that you will sell the space or anything, but it will be easier for you to stay organized and keep all your items safe and secured in their right places. Chances are that after you moved you realized you had some more items than space or items that need special storage, and these are what you will be catering to when you add a storage option.
Install Energy-Efficient Windows
If your new home was constructed a long time ago and has not been upgraded recently, there’s a chance that it doesn’t have energy-efficient windows. You may want to make this upgrade and install double-pane windows which will help you keep more of the treated air in your home and therefore use less energy for heating and cooling. This is an important upgrade and although it may be a bit costly, you will see the improvement right away.
Work on the Landscape
Finally, your home’s landscape is important in terms of curb appeal as it gives people a preview of what your home looks like. Trim hedges, clean any decorative rocks and other surfaces, and get rid of any tree stumps. The latter may be a bit hard to do, given that a tree in your yard can range between 2,000 and 100,000 pounds. Speak to the relevant experts about landscape improvement and you will get a great job done that will leave you proud of your landscape.
Out of the five improvements above, you will be sure to find one or more that appeal to you. Get to work making the upgrades so that your family has more time to enjoy them!