The last day of 2020 has finally arrived and we absolutely cannot wait to welcome 2021. It is certainly true we could all do with a fresh start, and nothing screams ‘new year, new me’ than some beautiful home improvements. Now, it is true that improving your home can be stressful at the best of times, which is why we have put together this article to offer some ideas for a stress-free home improvement so you can say hello to 2021 with some beautiful new home features. In this article, we have listed several home improvement projects for the new year that will make your home look, feel and work at its best.
Have a Budget in Place
Before undertaking any home improvement project, it is important to consider your budget. Home improvement projects can easily add up without you even realizing. That is why before any work commences, you should sit down and write out a solid budget. Determine how much you are willing to spend on a project, and then give yourself a buffer for any unexpected problems or additional costs that may arise.
New Windows and Doors
Not only will new windows and doors give your home a lovely ‘facelift’ of sorts, it will also help make your home more energy efficient. Old windows and doors can allow outside air to leak in and your conditioned inside air to leak out, which can be taxing on your heating and cooling system, and expensive for your wallet. However, new windows and doors will ensure you have no air leakage issues, and will actually save you money on your utility bills. New windows and doors are also an easy way to give your home a refresh and change up the aesthetic without undertaking a bigger project (like knocking down walls – certainly not stress-free).
A Small Kitchen Remodel
Perhaps one of the most popular home improvement projects is a kitchen remodel. It not only enhances the appearance and functionality of your home, but it also offers a good return on investment. However, major kitchen remodels can turn stressful (and expensive!) quickly, which is why we advise starting with a small kitchen remodel to kick off 2021. A small kitchen remodel might include replacing laminate countertops with new laminate or quartz, updating the backsplash, swapping out old appliances for more energy-efficient models, updating your sink and faucet, adding wall coverings and replacing vinyl flooring with new vinyl or tile.
New siding is a home improvement project that can have a massive impact on the overall look and feel of your home. New siding not only seriously enhances the curbside appeal of your home, but it can also help lower your utility bills and keep your home comfortable year round. It is no wonder siding is one of the most popular home improvement projects and is an especially good one to bring in the new year.
Paint the Walls and Buff the Floors
A very simple home improvement project that can be a DIY job is buffing your wooden floors and painting your walls. After a busy period of having guests over for the Holidays (or not!), chances are your floors have seen a lot of foot traffic and might be looking a little dull and distressed. You can easily restore your floor’s shine by polishing with a product that is designed for hardwood floors. You will be amazed at how different the rooms in your home look and feel after a good polish! The same goes for painting the walls. Choosing a new color or even using the same color on the walls will give your home a beautiful lift. There really is nothing quite like walking into a freshly painted room.
We hope these tips help and remember, if you are looking to undertake some home improvement projects in the new year, get in touch with us today. We would love to help you ring in the new year with some beautiful home improvements.