4 Home Upgrades Worth Spending Your Money On

Are you tired of the “same old, same old” when it comes to your home? It might be time for an upgrade. Determine your budget first. Then decide what room (or rooms) you want to focus on.

Remodel Your Bathroom

A moldy or outdated bathroom casts blight on the rest of your house. You don’t have to invest a lot of money in remodeling a bathroom. It’s also a relatively simple DIY project. If you have a bathtub you can easily re-caulk it. Soften the old caulk to strip it away first. A fresh coat of paint also goes a long way towards modernizing the space.

Fix Your Living Room

Make your living room a more appealing place to gather. Installing a fireplace can quite literally create a warmer environment. Stonework around the fireplace is an impressive statement. Matching couches invite lounging at any moment. Adding these simple touches turns your living room into the restful space it should be. Remember to keep proportions consistent. Keep those couches close to the fireplace or TV. Otherwise you’ll have a cavernous space that could look uneven.

Finish Your Basement

Your basement doesn’t have to be a source of frustration or constant repair. Finishing your basement can actually earn you money. The return on investment could be quite significant. This return can be as high as 75%. A finished basement therefore adds value to your home if you plan to sell it. It expands your home without running into potential zoning law issues. You can also rent out the room for some extra cash.

Install New Cabinetry

Cabinets are sometimes an afterthought when it comes to home renovation. Don’t make that mistake. Fresh cabinetry is more aesthetically pleasing to look at. A good space to install new cabinets is your kitchen. They can brighten up the entire room. Depending on the type of cabinet you can also expand your storage space quite significantly. Unlike other renovation projects, cabinet installation should be left to the professionals. Overeager amateur sledgehammer use could undermine the integrity of your walls. This would leave you with more expensive repairs than you started out with.

It can be tempting to follow decoration trends. Trendy rooms show your personality but can quickly become dated. Try blending your personal sensibilities with timeless appeal instead. Keep textures and colors consistent so even a bright focal feature doesn’t get lost.



Addy Reeds is a freelance writer from Eugene, Oregon. She discovered her passion for journalism while attending the University of Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @addyreeds1; https://www.facebook.com/addy.reeds


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