12 New Year home improvement projects to refresh your home

We bet that when you first moved into your house, you had big plans. Perhaps it was adding another room or maybe it was revamping the kitchen. Whatever it was, we know that after a while, you start to get comfortable (sometimes a little too comfortable), and those home improvement projects fall by the wayside.

A new year brings a new, fresh start in your home. From small projects, such as redecorating a room, to major undertakings, such as renovating a bathroom or adding an extension, there are plenty of big and small ways to revamp your home in the new year.

Refresh your home

1.      Add shelving and storage around the house

Adding shelving and storage baskets throughout your home will help get things off to a good start, help you get organised and things out of the way, making it easier to enjoy your home in the new year. 

2.      Organise your garage

From vertical bike racks and built-in cabinets to plastic bins and shelving, there are plenty of ways to improve your garage.

3.      Revamp the entrance to your home

From your front door to your porch interior, the home’s entranceway is one of the most important (if not the most important) areas of the house. Not only is it the first thing people see when they approach your home, but it’s also the first place you enter when you come home. To revamp your entranceway, think of creative ways to organize your shoes, pet accessories and keys, etc.

4.      Update your light fixtures

If you are still living with the light fixtures that came with your home, now is a good time to upgrade electrical light fittings in and around your house. Start with your entranceway, kitchen and bedroom lighting. 

5.      Add potted plants and window boxes

You don’t have to completely re-landscape your garden to freshen up your home’s exterior. For a budget-friendly way to add colour and greenery outside your house, you can add potting plants on your porch or install window boxes.

6.      Redecorate a room

Ready to liven up your cloak room, bedroom or study? Try adding a fresh lick of paint or wallpaper to the walls. There are plenty of fun, colourful and modern paints and wallpaper options available.

7.      Make your house more energy efficient

Adding LED light bulbs and a smart thermostat are easy ways to make your house more cost and energy efficient. Other ways you can make your home more energy efficient include turning off the lights when you leave the room, reducing your room thermostats by one degree and sealing air leaks.

8.      Patch holes and touch up walls

Patching up the holes where paintings and pictures were once hung, and repainting scuffed walls is an easy way to give your home a much-needed facelift.

9.      Purge your home of unnecessary items

From unused furniture to old clothing, getting rid of non-essentials will make your home feel less cluttered and more relaxing to be in. Donate items to charity shops or sell them to raise funds for that gorgeous new wallpaper or paint. If you are not quite ready to get rid of your old stuff permanently, try renting a self-storage unit to temporarily store unused belongings.

10.   Replace your kitchen appliances

If your fridge on its last legs, now is a good time to replace it with a newer model. Most kitchen appliances aren’t meant to last longer than 10 years. Look around and assess the condition of your oven, dishwasher, fridge and microwave. Alternatively, you could consider changing your kitchen hardware by switching old doorknobs for modern, upgraded hardware. This will give your kitchen the refresh it needs.

11.   Add artwork and prints

Try updating or adding new artwork, photo’s and prints to infuse colour around the home. Wall decor doesn’t have to be expensive and can instantly make your home feel refreshed.

12.   Repair your patio or driveway

Does your patio or driveway need a little TLC? From cleaning and power washing to sealing and refurbishing, there are plenty of ways to do this yourself or employ someone to give your patio or drive a facelift. 

13.   Grout and clean your tiles

From kitchen backsplashes to bathroom showers, chances are you have tile in more than one room in your house. While convenient and durable, tiles and grout also have a tendency to get quite dirty. Clean up your tiles and grout this new year by simply using a toothbrush, baking soda and water.

Moving soon?

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