10 Home Improvement Ideas You Should Consider Completing

Chances are, you like a lot of things about your home. It may be in a great neighborhood, it may have cool features, it may be just the right size, or it may even be your favorite color. However, there may be things that you don't like as much. If you own your home, you may be in a great position to make some improvements. If you've been considering starting a renovation or remodeling project, here are ten projects that you may want to consider.


1. Install the Solar Panels

Some of the best home improvement projects are ones that will save you money in the long run. Installing commercial solar panels is one such project. The initial investment in materials can pay for itself quickly in terms of energy cost savings. You may even find that your electricity is more reliable during very cold or hot temperatures or during severe weather conditions. If your home doesn't get enough sunlight to make solar panels effective, you may still be able to take advantage of this alternative power source through your local power company. Many utility companies are operating their own solar farms to help drive down their own energy costs and can pass the savings onto their customers.


2. Landscape the Yard

Another way to improve the exterior of your home is through landscaping. You could start small and add something like a new flower bed around the mailbox or some driveway lighting. If you have more time and a bigger budget, you could spruce up a tree-filled island, edge and mulch new garden beds, or plant bushes and shrubs. Whatever you choose to do, you can't go wrong with bringing some color into your outdoor space.


3. Paint the Exterior

Another way to bring color to your home's exterior is through a new paint job. Stick with the same shade for a subtle sprucing up, or opt for a new color to shake things up. Consider renting a paint sprayer to help ensure an even coat and to help cut down on your painting time. You could also go big and hire a professional painting service. This can be especially helpful if you have a multi-story home.


4. Swap the Windows

A lot of your home's energy efficiency is lost through the windows. Older windows and frames can leak and make your HVAC unit work harder than necessary. Swapping out older windows for new ones can help fix this and save you some money on your energy bills. It can also help bring in more natural light, which can boost the mood of everyone in your home.


5. Smarten Up the Garage

Your garage may have many things: a safe place to park your car, extra storage space, a recreation area, a place to put your outdoor fridge, or more. No matter what purpose it serves, your garage can benefit from some smart technology. A wifi-enabled garage door opener will let you ditch the remote and control the door from any via an app. You can view the current position of the door and open or close it for family members, friends, or even delivery drivers with just a tap.


6. Redo the Cabinets

For many families, the kitchen is the room that sees the most use. Taking steps to make the room visually appealing as well as traffic-friendly can help make every mealtime that much more enjoyable. Redoing kitchen cabinets can make a huge difference with just a little bit of effort. Repainting the doors and frames can provide new dashes of color. Swapping out the fixtures can add a touch of class. Replacing opaque fronts with glass fronts can bring in a more open feel. All of these projects could be accomplished at home with just a few tools and a paintbrush, making this a perfect project for a long weekend.


7. Organize the Bathroom

Another very commonly used room in the house is your bathroom. This space not only needs to be cleaned regularly, but it may also benefit from a good reorganization project from time to time. Try hanging up a shelf to store extra toilet paper or fun decorations. Add some hooks underneath the shelf to help keep towels off of the floor. Finish the project with some bathroom cabinet storage bins or some over-the-toilet racks to help keep all your toiletries within easy reach.


8. Dorm the Attic

Adding a dormer or two to your attic can help give you some much-needed headspace. Dormers help raise the roofline and add storage or even living space to your home. They also provide a great place to install a window and bring more light into your attic. As long as you insulate the dormer properly, you can gain valuable square footage without losing any energy efficiency.


9. Build the Addition

If your home is feeling a little bit cramped these days, building an addition onto your house may be just the way to go. You could add extra bedrooms, create an office space, or extend an existing room. Depending on where you live, you could even add an entire basement or an upper story. This can be a long-term and involved process, but the benefits are some of the greatest of any project on this list.


10. Secure the Premises

With all of these home improvement ideas, you may see your home's value start going up. Protect your investment with a new security system. Modern systems may not require all the wiring or complicated installs of older models. In fact, many are wi-fi enabled and require very little setup. You can choose which sensor types you want and where to place them. 24/7 monitoring packages may be more affordable than you expect, and having that feature can save you a bundle on your home owner's insurance.

Home improvement projects can range from easy to involved, as well as from cheap to expensive. The common factor is that each will help you get more enjoyment out of your home. Projects that are done well can also boost your home's value. This makes the time and effort well worth it. Why not take on a home improvement project today?



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