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Home Improvement Tips for 2016

by emily

in Design & Trends, Lifestyle, Variety

homesThe decision to renovate the home is never one taken lightly, but if you choose to remodel, there’s no better time than the New Year to do so.

To most people, the dawn of the new calendar year represents a chance for new beginnings and an opportunity to introduce fresh perspectives to their lives. Some of these changes will be psychological, and others material.

Either way, the intention is by making these little adjustments, people will feel good about themselves and those around them.

Tackling the home is no small undertaking, and will require discipline, but the rewards at the end of the day will be well worth the effort. Your home is your sanctuary, so it should built and fitted out according to what makes you happiest.

Here are some ideas you might want to consider for you home in 2016.

Hardwood floors

Many people like carpeting for its “homely” feel, but it does have its drawbacks. Particularly if you have children, it is inevitable that the carpet will become stained with dropped liquids and foodstuffs, necessitating regular cleaning.

Furthermore, even the best carpets are susceptible to wear and tear after a certain period, and will have to be replaced.

Hardwood floors not only can be cleaned easier, but also are keeping with fresh modern looks the décor specialists encourage. Obviously the wood has to be treated regularly, but the overall effect is wonderful.

Bathroom

Gone are the days when a bathroom was fitted with only the bare essentials. Modern bathrooms are almost palatial, and are just as readily shown to guests as the kitchen or the patio area.

Nowadays there are so many styles to choose from, homeowners can even have a hard time settling on what they want. Revamping the bathroom is a big job, but there are some basics to consider:

  • Don’t let the toilet be the first thing you see when you open the bathroom door;
  • Consider keeping original tiling to get that “vintage” look;
  • A corner sink works especially well in smaller bathrooms. Not only does it look stylish, but it frees up valuable walk space;
  • Additional vents. Mill dew forms easily, so by having more than one way to dry out your bathroom you’ll be able to prevent horrible build-up of mold.

Garage

Especially with online accommodation directories like Airbnb proving so successful, you might want to convert your garage into a guestroom separate from the main house,

Just bear in mind that future homebuyers may want to park their cars indoors, or keep the garage open for storage space.

Regardless of what improvements you wish to make, you always need to be aware of your budget. The costs of renovations can quickly get out of hand, so you need to keep a close eye on them.

Use a bond affordability calculator to establish where you are in terms of paying off your home, and then see where costs can be cut to free up money for renovations.

It is no secret that homes are an investment, so everything you can do to improve them will only increase their value.

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