Your home is a reflection of you and your family, and as your needs change, so should your home. If you’re expecting to reach a new milestone—perhaps you’re starting your own family, expecting a new family member, or gaining your independence—then your living situation should reflect that. If your home cannot meet your minimum requirements, then it’s a good time to consider renovating the property so that it’s more suited to your needs. Alternatively, you can put the residential property up for sale so you can purchase a new home. Either way, improving your home is a step in the right direction.
If a major renovation is out of the question, don’t despair. There are plenty of things that you can do to bring out the best of the existing qualities of your house. Enhancing the look and appeal of your residential property can make it a more comfortable space for your family or improve the chances of selling your home if you decide to sell. Here are some of the things that you can do to start:
Declutter the Space
If your space is a bit more cluttered than you’d like, then the feeling of discontent you’re having right now can stem from living in a disorganised environment. Before you consider more drastic measures like moving out or constructing an addition to your home, try to get a bit of cleaning done first, or consider giving your home a more minimalistic look. At times, tidying up and decluttering can help you find the extra space you need for your little productivity nook, hobby space, or a new shelf to display your collection. A cleaner space can also make you feel more in control of your home environment. If you’re planning on selling the house, you need to clean up your home thoroughly so that interested buyers can focus on the positive points of the property and not the clutter you have at home.
Return Converted Rooms to Their Original State
Some hobbies tend not to stick, and this isn’t always a bad thing. Maybe woodworking or pottery has helped you grow as a person, but you’re not as engaged in these activities these days. Maybe it’s been more than a few months since you’ve used your lathe or fired up your kiln, and you’re not keen on doing these things anytime soon. Take a look at the rooms in your house and see if they’re still serving their purpose. If you don’t need the room anymore, you can turn it into an area that’s more appropriate to your current needs. Perhaps convert a space into a study or bedroom. Converting these rooms into useful and attractive spaces will make your home feel so much better, and you’ll also make your home more appealing to buyers who may have their own ideas for the space.
Give the Space a Little Less Personality
The same goes for walls and decorations that show too much of your past aesthetic. Maybe you’re no longer that into industrial, classic Hamptons, or French provincial themes, or you have a completely different artistic sensibility these days. It’s okay. There’s no need to strip your home of its accoutrements or to carry out an extensive renovation right away. Perhaps you want to tone down the interior design a little or you enjoy more muted spaces these days. You can make small progress by reducing the number of themed decors that you have, enough so that you can start introducing elements that you currently like without clashing with the existing interior design.
Eliminate Unpleasant Odours
Sometimes, feelings of discontent can spring from how the house feels rather than how it looks. You may have trouble feeling at home in the space because of excessive dust or perhaps strong odours. If this is the case, it may be time to schedule a deep cleaning of your HVAC system, carpeting, and other elements that can affect the atmosphere and smell of the home. If you like plants, you can even introduce a bit of greenery to the area to help deal with the pollutants that may still be present in the air.
Install Better Lighting
Another thing that can make a significant impact on your home’s atmosphere is the lighting system that you have. You may not notice it, but you may have installed lights that are too bright or dim, and this can play a big role in how you see the space. Good lighting should help you feel more comfortable or more productive in certain sections of your house. At the same time, installing lighting where it’s needed can help reduce falling and slipping accidents, especially if you have seniors, young children, or people with mobility issues staying with you.
You don’t have to do an extensive renovation to make the most of your home, and the same can be said if you’re preparing the residential property for potential buyers. Before you start undertaking expensive renovation projects, do these first and evaluate how you feel about the space afterwards. Who knows, maybe a little adjustment is all you need to feel right at home or to make interested buyers appreciate your property.
Need more tips about renovating your home to prepare to sell? We’ll make it easy for you, contact Gerard Partners today.