Maybe you want to lose weight, save money or spend more time with family and friends. But what about your home? Whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or just want to improve the place that you spend most of your time, we’ve created a list of the best new year’s resolutions you can make for your home this year.
A bathroom is often neglected in home renovation projects. This year make one of your resolutions for your home be to transform your bathroom into a haven where you can wind down after a long day, or energize yourself in the morning to start the day.
The easiest way to change the look and feel of your bathroom is to install new lighting. If you have a vanity area, attach vanity lights to the mirror to create an old-Hollywood-glam vibe. Try installing a dimmer for your bathroom lights to increase the variability you have in lighting. This can ensure that you have enough bright lighting in the morning to get ready, but you are also able to dim the lights and set the mood at night for a calming bath or steamy shower.
If you want to go all-out with your bathroom remodel, consider renovating your shower. Add a bench or shelving to the walls or upgrade the glass for a frameless or frosted look. You can get more ideas from this HGTV Shower Remodel Gallery for inspiration.
If your new year’s resolution is to be more sustainable, kick it off with some upgrades that can improve your carbon footprint. Swap the light bulbs in all your light fixtures to LED bulbs, which are safer and last longer- all while being more energy-efficient. Another larger step you can take is replacing old appliances with new, energy-efficient alternatives. While this may be a hefty investment up front, modern appliances lower utility bills month over month- saving you more in the long run.
Update any inefficient windows in your home to prevent drafty rooms and escaping energy. Franca Services offers a variety of windows marked with the Energy Star label, which can cut your fuel bills by as much as $340 per year over drafty single-pane units. This means major savings for as long as you own your home and an added value for any potential buyers.
If you’re looking to add value to your home, the kitchen is one of the best places to start. While a full-blown kitchen remodel can be a steep investment, you can make smaller changes and still refresh the overall feel of your kitchen.
The quickest way to transform the look and feel of your kitchen is to paint the cabinets. If you have dark wood right now, try bright white or light gray cabinets to open up the room and make it feel brighter. If you have lighter cabinets, staining them dark can help to bring some depth and dimension to the room.
Consider updating the backsplash or sink in your kitchen as well. Backsplash tiles come in all sorts of finishes and colors, so retiling your backsplash could give your kitchen a completely new feel. The same goes for a staple in any kitchen: the sink. Try swapping the standard sink your house came with for a statement-worthy farmhouse sink. You can also simply change the sink head to make doing dishes easier, with different splash settings or a retractable head.
Up Your Curb Appeal
If you’re gearing up to sell your home this year, consider making some resolutions of adding some upgrades to the outside of your house to increase the curb appeal and get a higher value for your home. Change your front door to instantly enhance your home’s appearance and with so many options, this simple job can give your home an entirely new look. A recent study done by Therma-Tru found that upgrading the front door of a house can increase the perceived value by up to 4.2%.
Another way to increase your home’s value and curb appeal is to add new siding. Franca Services offers a wide variety of siding options, vinyl to wood to fiberglass, so you’ll be able to find something that suits both your taste and budget.
Simple Room Updates
Sometimes all you need to do to make your home feel new and fresh is to try some simple room updates. Rearrange the furniture in different rooms to give it a new look. Move the couch away from the TV and more towards an open space to make it conducive for conversations. Or simply try moving your bed to center on a different wall in the master bedroom. Adding new décor pieces can also help to change up the look of a room on a budget. Pick a new color to accent the room through throw pillows or wall décor or add a few plants to brighten up a space.
Add some color to boring rooms, either by painting the entire room or just an accent wall. Speak with a Franca Services Color Consultant or check out our online design center to decide which colors would work best and give you the look you’re going for.
There are many resolutions you can make in the new year, so try to include a few that allow you to make your home the best that it can be. Franca Services is here to help you fulfill all your home renovation dreams, big or small, so request a quote today!