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Friday, December 8, 2017

7 Ways To Improve Your Home In 2018

They say “New year, new you,” but why not make it a new home instead? Making some home improvements in 2018 will not only help transform your property into your dream home, but it could help you add value to your home too. Need some inspiration? Check out these seven ways to improve your home in 2018.


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1. Revamp your kitchen

Have you always wanted a more stylish or spacious kitchen? Why not make 2018 the year you make it happen? A kitchen can be the heart of a family home and if you’re not completely happy with how it looks - especially if it was like that when you moved in, then making some changes could really transform your home.

There are plenty of affordable ways to revamp your kitchen, and it’s something you can tackle bit by bit instead of trying to do everything all at once. From replacing your flooring to installing new units, there are several different things you can do to give your kitchen a much-needed makeover in 2018.

2. Landscape your backyard


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Your backyard can be somewhat neglected compared to the rest of the house, that is until summer comes around and you want to start using it. Transform your backyard into somewhere you want to spend time and enjoy, think of it as an extension of your home. You can neaten up your lawn, add some decking or a patio to help give it some character and make it perfect for entertaining.

As part of your backyard improvement project, make sure that it’s safe for your family to use. Get help removing unwanted guests with this pest control company, who will get rid of those creatures that can make you fearful of venturing in your own backyard. You’ll appreciate being able to use it when summer comes along, so why not plan a big family barbecue to celebrate your transformed outdoor space?

3. Upgrade your furniture

Is your furniture looking a little worn and damaged? It could be making your home look a bit tired and dated too. Give a little TLC to your furniture by making repairs and getting rid of old furniture that is broken to the point of no return. You can buy affordable furniture from many places (and not just IKEA) that will give you some options to revamp your furniture on a budget.

As an alternative to buying new furniture, why not think about upscaling your existing furniture? It’s amazing what you can do with a fresh coat of paint and some new details. You could even re-purpose your old furniture to prevent things from going to waste. If you’re looking for some inspiration, then try Pinterest and Instagram, while YouTube also has some excellent tutorials to help you complete top DIY improvement projects.

4. Make your home greener

Going green is something you can do at any time in your home, but why not make it a New Year’s resolution? Going green will help the environment through reducing your household waste, while also helping you to reduce your household bills - it’s a win-win! There are so many ways you can make your home greener, with some that can be done instantly like recycling your garbage.

Some other cost-effective ways of making your home greener include replacing your light bulbs with energy-efficient ones, conserving water with a purpose-built showerhead and simply using less electricity in your home. If you have money to spend, you could make your home even greener further by installing some solar panels. Going greener is something you can work on every year, helping to reduce your family’s energy spend but also working towards building a greener planet.

5. Give the exterior a makeover

You wouldn’t believe the difference that revamping the exterior of your home can make. It’s one of those great property enhancers for new homeowners and existing homeowners that can add value to a property and make it look more attractive from the outside. Some new windows or doors might make all the difference, or you could give the front a fresh coat of paint.

Another way to improve the exterior of your home is to get a pressure washer. You can rent or buy one to help blast away any tough areas and make them look new again. This can be done every year to make sure your exteriors stay in the best shape possible.

6. Add some personality

It’s one thing to create a dream home that looks like it’s part of a home decor magazine, but it’s another to give it a personality. Your home should reflect your tastes and your preferences, but it should also contain some of your personality. Find stylish ways to display your family photos add souvenirs and trinkets that bring you memories and choose colours that bring life to your home. You could have the best-looking home there is, but if it doesn’t look like anyone’s really living there, it could look cold.

Try refreshing your home accessories now and then to fit in with current trends and themes. Buying cushions, throws and other pieces is an affordable way to revamp your home regularly and to reflect your changing tastes.

7. Use technology to transform your home

‘Smart’ homes are going to be even bigger news next year, so why not join the millions of people who are already upgrading theirs? Smart home systems allow you to control lighting, temperature and even your schedule using apps or voice commands that can make things a little easier around the home.

Smart home systems are great for helping you to save money, and they’re becoming even more affordable to own.

Making changes to your home is a great way to start off the new year. Set yourself a budget or a plan for your home improvements and transform your home the better. You’ll be surprised at the difference even the smallest of changes can make, making your house feel truly like a home.

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