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You might be happy and content with your home, or you might feel like there is something simply missing from your house to call it a home. Whether you are looking to improve your comfort and your family’s, or are thinking long term and would like to increase the value of your real estate, there are some improvements that should be in your priority list. From staying safe and warm to using less energy, there are various ways you can approach the home improvement project. Find ten ideas below to help you get started.

1.Insulation

Having a home that is sustainable and cheaper to run than similar properties will not only be good for your family budget, but also increase the resale value of your home. There are several cheap insulation solutions, such as secondary glazing, DIY loft insulation sheets, or even boards you can add to the existing brickwork. The better your home is insulated, the more likely you will feel warm and protected inside.

2. Sustainable Energy

Apart from insulation, there are other ways of making your home more self-sufficient. Having an additional green energy source that will help you out when there is a problem with your network makes sense. However, if you can generate and store energy and electricity for rainy days, you will make your home able to survive off the grid. From using your compost bin to generate natural gas to installing wind turbines in your backyard, you can find several options to suit your goals and your budget.

3. Heating and Air Conditioning Upgrades

If you would like to keep your home cool or warm on a budget and reduce the difference in temperatures in different areas, you will need to deal with the cold spots and maybe reposition your heaters. You might also opt for a heat pump if you live in a moderate climate, so you don’t have to pay a fortune for gas and other fossil fuels. Check the efficiency level of your current system and think about the greener option to replace it with.

4. Flooring

There is nothing nicer than slipping out of our shoes and walking on the fluffy carpet or the real wood floor. You will, however, need to make sure that your flooring is sustainable and suits your lifestyle. If you love walking barefoot in the house, marble and tiles would not be the best option. Real wood will make you feel connected with nature, and impress your future buyers, as well.

5. Security

Security upgrades can also increase the value of your home significantly. You don’t only have to focus on the doors and windows, and  – obviously – the alarm system, but other aspects of safety and security. It might be time to start thinking about your home differently; it is not only a necessary shelter, but also your greatest asset and n investment. Not to mention that having an advanced security system such as the ones available on this website will help you relax without worrying about crime and reduce your home insurance premium for years to come.

6. Smart Home Design

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Implementing smart home features will surely impress your kids and friends, as well as your future buyers. The price of these devices is going down every year, so it might be time to start comparing the various options and choose the one that you think is suitable for your home. From controlling your heating appliances remotely to changing the lighting and turning it on at a set time when you are away on a weekend break will pay off when it comes to your security and comfort level.

7. Opening Up Space

Natural light can increase the value of your home, so why not open p the spaces and let energy and sunshine flow freely? You can turn two small rooms into a stunning space. If you have a separate reception room and a dining room, you can use stunning room dividers to make your space look larger and brighter and impress your friends as well as your potential buyers in the future.

8. Adding an Entertaining Space

Creating more space and making it functional is a good way of increasing the value of your home and making the most out of the house you have. An entertainment room in the summer house, or in the basement will impress your buyers. If you want your kids to have their own den and playhouse, you can keep them out of your kitchen and give them an experience of independence and support at the same time.

9. Office or Workshop

If you would like to make your home stand out in the property market and sell quick once you decide it is time to move on, you can create a workshop or office. You will not only have a separate space to work and engage in hobbies you are passionate about, but also offer the same experience for people who are buying a new home with the intention to run their business from home.

10. Landscaped Garden

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The outside of your home is just as important as the interior design. You can improve the curb appeal of your property by talking to a landscape gardener and creating an entertaining and relaxing space. Make your backyard private so you can enjoy summer parties without your neighbors witnessing everything. Create a small shelter and a love bench, add water features to sit by, and maintain your lawn. If you would like to sell your home to younger buyers in the future, you can impress them with the design. However, if your target market is the older generation, easy maintenance design will be your best bet.

If you would like to make your home work for you and your future buyers or tenants, it is important that you focus on sustainability, the cost of running, and comfort. Invest in smart technologies and an advanced home security system, and you will improve your lifestyle while making the most out of your real estate investment.

Aggie Aviso

Aggie Aviso describes herself as her family’s storyteller and memory keeper. A mom to two kids ages 14 and 8, she is certainly past the age of sleepless nights and adorable pigtails. However, motherhood stays exciting, more meaningful and yes, more challenging. She takes it all in stride, knowing fully well that moments pass by in a blink of an eye. As Gretchen Rubin famously said, “The days are long, but the years are short.” She has discovered how wonderful it is to have those fleeting moments in time documented in their family books and has made it her personal mission and passion to be able to tell their stories for her future grandkids. You can read more about her here.. Subscribe to blog updates and the occasional letter here.