Written by Kacey Mya
Being a homeowner is a major accomplishment, and it’s one that many people spend their entire adult lives working towards. Once you’ve signed all the paperwork and the house is in your name, it may feel like you’re done. You’ve bought the house of your dreams and you’re set. However, the home you buy might not be exactly like you’ve always pictured. Plus if you bought your home a while back, time may have worn a few features down.
Home repairs can be a major cost to your wallet, which is why they’re often put off. I mean even if you have the money you need to make a major upgrade, you might feel overwhelmed at the idea because you have no idea who it’ll get done. The mystery of not knowing the steps in the process to upgrading your home can keep you from ever making that first move to getting a project done. So check out some tips that may help you take that first step in making the home of your dreams.
Landscaping Doesn’t Have To Be Hard
One of the biggest ways homeowners take pride in their property is by maintaining their yard. Cutting the lawn and raking leaves maintains what you have and does make it look nice. What if your yard doesn’t make you happy even when it’s looking its best? You can always contact a landscaper and have them work on making your property look nicer.
To get the best results, ask questions of your landscaper. It is what your they’re there for. They’ll know every step of the process and if there will be any machinery involved. You can also research common lawn problems so you don’t accidentally have to pay a landscaper and their team for fixing a problem you could have done yourself. If you’ve decided to go with a professional, contact multiple experts for quotes and read reviews online. This will ensure you’ll be working with someone who’s ready to help and alleviate any of your concerns.
You Can Easily Update Your Curb Appeal
Landscaping and curb appeal are often confused for being the same thing, but they’re not. Your yard may look great, but if your home is shabby and needs repairs then you’ll still lack the curb appeal you’re looking for. Analyze the front of your home and decide what needs work first. Cleaning out gutters and repairing shutters are easy projects to handle on a Saturday afternoon, but there are larger projects that can be challenging to think through.
Updating your garage is something all homeowners face at some point. You can power wash the outside to remove years of dirt and weathering, but it can still look off. Think about repainting your garage door, or replacing it all together. There are easy answers to all your garage questions, like how to clean the door before you paint and if you should use primer. Soon, you could have your home looking brand new, and all it takes is a little bit of leg work to solve your problems.
Don’t Wait For Your New Kitchen
Another big project homeowners face is updating their kitchens. It’s arguably the most popular place in the house, especially if you have kids. When you have people over for things like holiday parties, standing around appetizers and chatting in a kitchen that you’re not in love with can make for a bad night. The cost of updating an entire kitchen can be anywhere from $20-40,000, which is enough to put a project on hold for a lifetime.
Don’t let that be you! There are ways around a big estimate that a professional can provide. Check out some tips from other homeowners that helped minimize the project cost, like shopping at local stores for granite countertops and repainting cabinets instead of completely replacing them. Think outside the box for things that might be too expensive to do and you’ll find yourself finishing your new kitchen faster than you thought possible.
Upgrading your home, no matter what part you’re focusing on, can be a massive project to think about, let alone actually accomplish. There are many unknowns you can face, especially if you’re a first time homeowner. Don’t let your fears stop you from accomplishing your dreams. Instead, read up on tips online and talk with professionals to get all your questions answered about the home project you want to get done so you can get to relaxing in your dream home.
Written by Kacey Mya. Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for the lifestyle blog The Drifter Collective. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. For more from Kacey Follow her on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!