Studies show that even small home improvements come with many unexpected benefits besides lower maintenance costs and greater comfort.
If you are looking for this year’s New Year resolutions, home projects are always a great idea. There are many DIY projects that save you money and energy while making your household even more appealing and increasing its comfort.
Benefits of Upgrading Your Home
Even small home projects can result in a range of unexpected benefits.
Healthier habits are often a by-product of a home project. One-third of homeowners who completed a kitchen remodel reported leading a healthier lifestyle, from preparing more meals at home and eating out less. It is quite simple actually when you enjoy the space you’re in, you want to spend more time in it.
More family time
Making your household more comfortable allows better connections as family members are inspired to spend more time together as a family. Numerous studies show that family meals are one of the most important things we can do for our health and well-being. It goes far beyond just making healthier eating choices—children who eat regular family dinners tend to do better in school, have higher self-esteem, and have a decreased risk of depression, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy. And why stop there since Harvard researchers have found that strong social ties can promote brain health as we age. So, invite your best friends to come over to your beautified home for a game night.
A bathroom remodel can give you the opportunity to create the spa-like retreat in the comfort of your own home without the hefty price tag of an actual SPA visit.
Increased energy efficiency
A lower energy usage that comes from making your household more energy-friendly does not only benefit the environment but also your budget as it can significantly lower your Centerpoint Energy bill.
Best Home Updates for Your Home
Whether you choose to make a large or a small DIY update, the benefits are guaranteed.
Seal up leaks
Do you ever feel like no matter what you do to your thermostat, it's not resulting in the desired temperature? You can fix this problem by checking windows, doors, vents, and openings for leaks that could be wasting not only heated or cooled air but also energy. Check exposed ducts for any obvious holes, and then carefully feel around for any airflow coming out of small holes. When you find the source of the problem, use heat-resistant tape as opposed to duct tape that doesn’t hold well in warmer temperatures.
You can instantly raise your home’s water temperature by 2-4 degrees Fahrenheit with a simple DIY trick. Simply measure the length of your hot water pipes and place the customized insulated pipe sleeve with the seam facing down against the pipe. Make sure you secure the pipe in place by taping or wiring the insulation down. It’s that simple.
Rethink your design choices
A lawn is a pretty feature but it requires a lot of water and adequate care. A greener option for your yard could be to use a flower bed in the corner or create a sitting area with gravel surrounding your outdoor furniture instead of grass. Landscaping comes with 100% ROI at resale as it is an eye-catching plus both for the existing and prospective homeowners. A charming focal point such as a walkway adds great value to a property.
Small improvements can have a big impact. Remodeling your bathroom or kitchen has an ROI of 100% when it comes to resale as these two rooms are the first ones that buyers look at. By doing simple things such as repainting your kitchen cabinets or removing an old shower door can create an illusion of a bigger space and brighten up the place.
An attic can become a dreamy bedroom. Not to mention that attic insulation will also lower your utility bills. Moreover, if you invest in solar energy with a solar-powered attic fan that is powered by a solar cell on the roof, you can save a significant amount on cooling costs.
While a healthy bottom line is an essential consideration for any remodeling or home project in general, a happier and healthier lifestyle is priceless. Even a small DIY home project can have a big impact.