With the Coronavirus pandemic going strong, the year 2020 saw much of the world staying home more for work, for school, and even for socializing. This allowed us to really see our personal space in a whole new light, finding some things didn't like as much as we once thought we did. During that time, you may have started to seriously consider some renovations or upgrades that could make your home more enjoyable, aesthetically pleasing, or comfortable.
Fortunately, there are a lot of small, simple upgrades that can change the appearance of your house completely, and some can even increase the value of the property. A great way to start is by deciding what the purpose of the upgrades is. Maybe you're planning to sell your home in the near future. If that's the case, then it's important to only consider changes that will increase the resale value of your home. Or maybe you just want your house to feel warmer and more welcoming so that spending more time there is pleasant. Once those decisions have been made, you just need to know where to find the best products for making these changes. Here are a few good tips to help you out.
Check your windows.
A great place to start with your upgrades is your window treatments. The treatments, shutters, or blinds you choose to adorn your windows with set the mood for the entire room. For example, heavy floral curtains will give a space a traditional or cottage-like feel, while a simple, pleated shade can lend itself to a more modern or masculine vibe, depending on the design. What many homeowners choose instead are interior shutters. These can come in a variety of different colors and styles and offer light control, functionality, and beauty to your windows.
Plantation shutters are some of the most popular. These are usually made from real wood. The best place to get these is from a retailer that specializes in them and that offers customization of their shutters. Of course, you can also choose from various other window treatments, such as faux wood blinds or composite shutters. You can also decide on the sizes of the slats, how much sunlight they filter, and what type of finish the shutters will have.
Update your kitchens and bathrooms.
If you're out to get the most bang for your buck, a simple kitchen or bathroom upgrade almost always guarantees a good return on your investment. The cheapest and easiest upgrades in these rooms are faucets, fixtures, and hardware. They're also the easiest to find because you can get them at places like Walmart, Home Depot, and most any other major retailer.
However, if you're looking for something unique at rock bottom prices, it doesn't hurt to shop around. Check closeout sales, warehouses, and online marketplaces. Or, you can shop liquidation sites for the pallets of customer returns, overstocked items, and excess inventory. These will often have high-quality items at rock bottom prices.
Give your home a new coat of paint.
A fresh new coat of paint ranks at the top of almost every list of budget home improvement ideas. That's because this inexpensive upgrade can change the entire look of your home. A lighter color on all your walls can brighten up your space, while going darker can make it cozier or give it some added flair.
Check your Pinterest feed for the latest trends to get creative if you're short on ideas. Then, shop around for the best brands and prices of what you want. According to Consumer Reports, the best places to buy top-performing paints are Home Depot, Ace, and Lowe's. Here, you can get quality brands like Behr, Glidden, and Valspar at competitive prices.