Without regular maintenance, the physical state of your home can deteriorate over time. Changing weather conditions, fluctuating temperatures, humidity, pollution, and human-made factors can all contribute to the decline of your home.
While it’s almost impossible to stop the deterioration of some parts, you can do many things to slow down the process and counter the effects. Check out these quick home-improvement projects to help keep your house looking and feeling brand-new.
Freshen Up Your Entrance
Spruce up your home entrance first by giving it a deep cleaning. Make sure to use a gentle cleanser that won’t damage your wooden deck. Replace the withered wreath or browning potted plants, and clean the furniture (if you have any). Throw in a quirky welcome mat for fun.
Next, give your front door and porch a new paint job. Consult the color wheel to find a color that will complement your outer walls, or choose a bright, eye-catching color for a more significant impact.
Upgrade Your Locks
Many homeowners don’t think about changing their door locks, but doing this small change can add a bit of improvement to your home security. Just like everything else, door locks can stop working correctly with constant use. Don’t wait until that happens. Replace your locks as soon as you notice signs of wear and tear, like severe tarnishing and rust on the surface.
You should also change your locks immediately if you move into a new place, if you experience a break-in, if you lose your keys, or if someone moves out. Nowadays, you can upgrade to better and more secure locks that don’t need keys to open. There are electronic locks, which require a pin to unlock, and smart locks, which can be opened using a registered smart device.
No one wants to lose their home keys or forget their access code, but it happens anyway. In case it happens to you, be prepared with your own set of lockpicking tools so you can enter your home without calling the police or fire department. The tools can also be useful if you forget your keys inside the car. Be sure to inform your neighbors about what you’re doing if you don’t want them to call the police on you.
Brighten Up Your Walls
You’d be surprised how changing the color of your walls can brighten up your place. If you make a room look more substantial and more breathable, choose pale or light colors for your walls. Pale colors are excellent at reflecting light, making a room look more spacious and airy. On the other hand, dark colors absorb light and make a room look smaller.
Don’t neglect to prep the wall before repainting. It’s better to clean it first and smoothen the surface for an even application. Choose a finish that suits your purpose and designs. Glossy paint is perfect for rooms where a lot of activities and mess happen since glossy walls are easier to clean.
But the downside is that a glossy finish can’t hide bumps and imperfections on the surface very well. If you want a finish that will make your wall look smoother, choose paints with a matte or flat finish.
Install Water-Efficient Faucets
Standard faucets use about 2.2 gallons of water per minute, which is usually more than what you need for rinsing your hands or washing dishes. Water-efficient faucets, on the other side, only use 0.5 gallons per minute. Switching your old taps with low-flow ones doesn’t take a lot of time or money, but you can reap the benefits for years.
While you’re at it, why not replace your showerhead too? You can save more water and money by switching to a low-flow showerhead. If you’re still using an old toilet, you should know that there are new water-efficient toilets that can save between 55 to 77 percent more water for a year. By choosing water-efficient fixtures, you hit two birds with one stone—conserving water and reducing your water bills.
Switch to Energy-Saving Lights
Another quick home improvement you can do is changing your standard incandescent light bulbs to energy-saving LED lamps. Old light bulbs use a lot more energy than LED lamps do.
For example, a LED lamp with 650 to 850 lumens only uses 18 watts while a standard incandescent bulb with the same lumens uses 60 watts. The LED light, with an average lifespan of 25,000 hours, also lasts significantly longer than the incandescent bulb does, with its meager 1,200-hour lifespan.
Although LED lamps cost more than incandescent bulbs do, the long-term savings are well worth the initial price. With less energy-saving light bulbs, you can confidently add more lighting to your house and brighten up the place without fearing for your electric bills.
Redecorate Your Home
Switching up your home decoration can completely transform your interior. Getting rid of your old, shabby decor pieces can instantly freshen up your place. Add in new pieces, and you can change the vibe of a room.
But before you start redecorating, you should first create a plan or sketch of how you want your home interior to look like. You can use it as a guide to help you choose which decor pieces to buy and save time during the actual redecorating process.
If you’re not sure about what you want, there are lots of home decoration ideas you can find on home-improvement blogs and Pinterest. If all else fails, you can never go wrong with decor essentials, like mirrors, inexpensive decorative vases, framed pictures, and live plants.
Stopping the process of degeneration is impossible. Sooner or later, the structure and materials of your house will deteriorate, but you can do many things to counter the process.
Regular maintenance and small home-improvement projects are the keys to protect your home from the effects of time and usage. Even minor cosmetic upgrades, like repainting your walls or changing your interior design, can do a lot to help keep your place in good condition.