Make Your House a Home

Laurie WallBuying and Selling, Design

Make Your House a Home - Home Exterior

You’ve sold your old home and are buying a new one. It might turn out to be your forever home, or maybe you’ll only live there for a year or two. Whatever the circumstances, you want it to be comfortable, functional, and welcoming. In short, you want it to be home. But where to start? Don’t get overwhelmed by other people’s styles and choices. Here are some simple, easy and budget-friendly ways that you can make your house a home, as well as some larger renovation projects to help increase your return on investment over time.

Transform Your Space

Textiles

Make Your House a Home - Armchair with Decorative PillowTextiles are a great way to incorporate comfort and originality into your space. They help absorb echo, break up the empty space, and provide warmth in an otherwise bare room. Incorporating things like window drapes or curtains, a floor rug, an upholstered couch with pops of color provided by throw pillows, or even a cozy afghan draped over the arm of a rocking chair can all help draw out your personality in the room.

Color

Color is an easy and inexpensive way to make your house your own. Whether you prefer cool greens and blues, warm oranges and yellows, or a neutral palette, the colors you choose say a lot about you. Paint the walls or add an accent color to bring your sense of style into the home. You can add touches of color using fabrics, furnishings, artwork, and collectibles. What about painting your front door? It’s the first thing you and your guests see upon arrival. Adding your own color scheme to your space is a great way to make your house a home.

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Lighting

Lighting can influence mood, break up a space into several areas, and create focal points. The light you use in your space can provide a sense of warmth, illuminate an entire room, or create intimacy. It has the ability to draw the eye to a particular spot, like drawing your attention to a work of art. Lamps and lighting fixtures add interest to a space, and can enhance or even influence design choices. Consider mounted light fixtures, end table lamps, hanging outdoor patio lights, or other decorative light fixtures throughout your home. The design you choose says a lot about you.

Art

Make Your House a Home - Living RoomIf you’re trying to figure out how to make your house a home, consider displaying some works of art throughout your space. These might be paintings or prints, hanging tapestries that bring a textural element to the room, or three-dimensional works like sculptures. It can even be a display made of found elements like rocks, seashells, and feathers. Art is not only decorative, it is also interesting and draws people in, and it is a great way for you to express yourself. It can act as a conversation piece for visitors, and can also have investment value should you decide to sell your home in the future.

Use What You Can

The old saying goes, “Use it up, wear it out. Make do or do without.” Interest in used, distressed, and vintage items are at an all-time high, and that is great news for you. Perhaps you moved into your home and were greeted by antique or vintage items that were left behind. Maybe you’ve purchased some of your own at antique stores and thrift shops. Either way, these pieces can add a unique touch to your space. Things like antique glasses or kitchenware, bed frames, old windows, or even pieces of artwork can be used to make your space your own. Consider using practical items such as an antique quilt as a wall hanging or vintage dishes featured on wood shelves. Be creative. The possibilities really are endless.

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Renovations and Return on Investment

When it comes time to sell, you want to make sure you’re getting the absolute most out of your home. Your home is one of the biggest investments you will make during your lifetime. Just as decorating and making your home comfortable and inviting is important, so is maintaining its quality and structure over time, keeping things up to date and welcoming to potential buyers. By doing this, you ensure that when it comes time to sell, it maintains (or increases) its original value.

Maybe you want more counter space in your kitchen or an additional room added on to accommodate a growing family. The trick is determining the best home remodels that will give you the most return on your investment (ROI) and make your house your home.

Maintenance Pays Off

Consider home remodeling projects such as replacing existing or adding new siding to your potential home. You’ll improve the curb appeal of your home, increase its energy efficiency and possibly recoup up to 92.8% of your investment. Replacing your roof or windows can bring you a ROI of 80% when it comes time to sell your home.

Projects such as having your older home re-piped are easier now that many plumbers use PEX tubing instead of metal pipes that require ripping out the walls. This means less worry about replacing the plumbing and will give a higher value to your home.

More Space is Always Good

According to a report by the National Association of Realtors, for every 1,000 square feet added, the value of your home may rise by up to 30%. Adding an extra bathroom to your home could give you an ROI of up to 86.4% and raise the sale price of your home by almost 9%.

Adding attic bedrooms, a great room or a sunroom or patio could provide you with a 70 to 80% return on your investment. Meanwhile, you get the added benefit of enjoying all that new space with your friends and family.

Remodeling Your Kitchen

Make Your House a Home - Kitchen RemodelDo you dream of granite countertops and all of the latest appliances with fancy attachments? All of these things not only add value to your home but also help make it yours. Going high-end doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll receive the best return on your investment, but doing a minor kitchen remodel could possibly give you a triple-digit ROI.

Most importantly, when deciding on the best home remodels for your kitchen, your best bet is to make sure you’re improving the flow of the kitchen. A kitchen remodel that impedes the flow in the busiest room of the house will have a negative effect, especially when it comes to recouping your investment later.

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Make your House a Home

When looking at homes always keep in mind the length of time that you plan to remain in your home after the remodel. If your goal is to improve the function and style for your family the sky is the limit! If your goal is to improve the value of your home so that you can sell it more easily later, you may want to focus more on maintenance projects and those that provide extra space for the best return.

Whether it’s a small or large project, a coat of paint or a complete bathroom remodel, maintenance and upkeep of your home are crucial. The effort and care you put in to not only making the house your home but maintaining the quality of that space, increases the overall value and makes your home more comfortable and enjoyable for you to live in.

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