Your home is much more than a place you go to sleep. A home should embody comfort, warmth, and family – and it’s not too hard to make that happen. Home improvement gets a bad rap as something that takes tons of time and money, but improving your home doesn’t need to be stressful or costly. Many home improvement projects are as simple as getting new shutters installed or putting a fresh coat of paint on, and you would be astounded at the difference something small can make. Here are 4 simple things you can do as a homeowner that will improve your home.
Add Some Color
Paint fades over time, and styles come and go. What was popular in the late 90s for both interior and exterior colors is no longer in vogue, and there’s no shame in updating. Paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home, as a few gallons usually won’t run you more than one or two hundred dollars. Freshly painted rooms add instant value to your home, and if you’re not planning on selling you can go wild with what colors you want.
Add Some Life
Nothing helps out with curb appeal more than fresh greenery. Plants brighten up both inside and outside, but a little bit of extra life outside will make your home the talk of the neighborhood. Local garden centers offer an abundance of plant life that’s suited to the Las Vegas environment, so get creative with planting drought-resistant shrubs and cacti. Add some DIY charm with unique planters and pots that you can pick up from local thrift stores, or get the kids involved in painting them.
Get Rid of Popcorn
We want to have a stern talk with whoever invented popcorn ceilings. The textured style of ceiling became popular in the mid-80s and unfortunately has had a hard time dying out. While it’s there (supposedly) to help cancel noise, it’s unsightly and dates your home. Fortunately, it’s not hard to get rid of and something you can handle yourself if you’re up to it. Lay down plenty of tarps and scrape the popcorn plaster until you have a smooth ceiling.
As any homeowner knows, carpet takes a beating. Daily wear and tear, along with pets, kids, spills, dirty shoes, and a litany of other things will ruin your carpet. If it’s been a few years or you can see the signs of wear (think staining or traffic patterns), it might be a good idea for you to invest in some new carpeting. This is something that you won’t want to DIY, as a lot of issues can pop up while replacing carpet, but whether you’re looking to sell soon or planning to be in your home for the long haul, it can be well worth spending a little on.