Monday, June 19, 2017

Want a New Home? You Don't Have to Move


If you’re feeling a little tired of your current home, then the answer isn’t necessarily to move. That might be your first thought if you need a different living environment, but let’s face it: it’s not exactly cheap and easy, is it?

Of course, making your current house feel like you’re living somewhere new isn’t always going to be cheap and easy - but it will certainly be more so than buying a new house! So instead of getting drastic, consider staying precisely where you are and making a few changes. You’ll be surprised just how much of a difference the following actions can make.

Replace your furniture and flooring

Your sofa, your carpet, your mattress - you probably need to replace these things anyway. A lot of people keep these things in their homes for too long, and they end up getting worn down and dirty (even if they don’t look dirty, they’re probably pretty dirty). So replacing these items can be a matter of hygiene, too. Replacing a carpet with a hardwood floor is easily one of the best ways to make a home feel more modern. If you don’t want to go as far as replacing a sofa or mattress, then consider getting new chairs and desks.


Update the exterior

Want to add some decking so you’ve got a new area to relax? Want to get some concrete for your home so you can update the landscaping or renew the driveway? Want to paint the front door, or get a pressure washer to clean the paths outside, or add some new flowers to the garden? Some of these things may seem pretty trivial, but they can make all the difference. You may even want to consider building a modern shed out in the yard - not the sort that you only store tools in, but something you can actually use as a studio, or an office, or even a quiet spot if you want.


Repair stuff

The amount of times I’ve heard someone list about a hundred required repairs when they’re listing out the complaints they had with their current home? I don’t have an exact count, but it’s happened a lot. If you’re living in a home where there are loads of little things that need fixing, then of course you’re going to feel like you want to live somewhere else! An idea you should explore is getting things replaced as the repairs take place. Got a leaky faucet? Well, why not get new plumbing fixtures while the pipes themselves get fixed? Having beautiful new faucets, sinks, and other appliances are part of the joy of moving into a new home - why not make it a reality in your current home?


Paint

You may think this is too basic a suggestion… but have you really given it some serious thought? Giving your interior a new lick of paint might actually be one of the best ways to make your home feel like a new environment. People underestimate just how big an impression the color of your walls affect you - it tends to be something that fades into the background for most. Pick a new, inoffensive color and get to work.

What other ideas do you have to help make your home look or feel different?

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