Fixer-Upper Dos: Upgrades that will Create a Comfortable Home for You

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Buying a home can get expensive, so sometimes you have to compromise. Buying a cheaper house so that you can have a roof over your head might not be the best result, but you have to live with it. Fortunately, you can use the money you saved on the purchase to make improvements in your new place. Here are some changes that will be sure to add value to it and make it a lot more comfortable.

Light Things Up

One of the easiest ways to make a home more comfortable is to improve the lighting. If you replace all the current bulbs with LEDs, then you will see a marked change in the house. LEDs are brighter and produce more natural light. It will make the evenings much more relaxing. It also helps that they are low-maintenance and only consume a fraction of the energy which can contribute to the house’s energy savings. Besides changing the light, you can also do something about the windows so more natural light comes in during the daytime. Enlarge them or even add new ones to your home for better visibility.

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Ensure The Temperature Is Just Right

A key part of comfort is the temperature inside the house. If it gets too hot or cold inside the house, you won’t like the experience. One great way to do this is by adding insulation. It helps maintain the inside temperature no matter what time of the year it is. During summer, it keeps the heat out. In winter, it keeps the heat in. Insulated roofing can be very effective since it faces the elements the most in your home. This is especially so during the summer, with the sun beating down on it, you can be sure that much of the heat won’t get inside. Other ways to better regulate your home’s temperature include upgrading the HVAC system to modern standards.

Let The Place Breathe

Rooms can get stuffy when your place doesn’t have a good ventilation system. Stale air means bad air quality. This can make it difficult to breathe and force you to go outside to get a breath of fresh air. It would be better if you make sure your home has good ventilation. If your home doesn’t have a ventilation system, then it is pretty easy to install one. If you already have a furnace system for heating, installing a duct and a damper for controlling incoming and outgoing air will only cost $300. Additionally, you can install exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms. These are the two places that need fresh air to circulate the most. An attic vent is also a good idea. Most of the stagnant air in the house will go to the attic, and a vent there can be very effective.

Give Yourself Some Space

Another part of being comfortable in a new house is space. If you feel cramped and restricted, there are some things that you can do. For one, you can install floor-to-ceiling shelving. This can allow you to have more space for storage. Plus it gives the illusion that the walls are higher. You can also do something on the floor. Diagonal flooring can make it look larger. Combine it with a creative layout, and you can make it feel like there is more space than there is.

Having a comfortable home is a good investment. With the right upgrades, even the cheapest place can become somewhere you can be comfortable in for years to come. It will take some work, and a bit of discomfort as the work is done, but it can be worth it when you can rest and relax with no worries.

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