How much are you setting aside for home maintenance? Ideally, you should spend 1% of the value of your home on home maintenance every year. So, if your own a $300,000 home, you should spend $3,000 on it every year, or set aside a budget of $250 a month until you need to spend on a particular area of the home. But many of us don’t have this money for home maintenance. We’re still paying the mortgage and other bills. That $250 will be used for insurance, emergency savings, and many other things before we put that aside for home maintenance.
Luckily, there’s a way for you not to spend on major renovations to keep your house looking new. While you can do concrete repairs when needed, you don’t have to go through major home renovations every year if you can only maintain your home the right way. Spending thousands of dollars on home renovations is useless if you don’t know how to keep your house clean, organized, and updated.
When it comes to renovating parts of your home, you should prioritize structural repairs before putting your money on its aesthetic elements. Also, little updates here and there can make your home look mismatched. Instead of renovating per area one at a time, why don’t you pool your resources first before pushing through with your home redecorating project? This way, your home will have a cohesive look.
You’ll be surprised how fresh your home looks with regular cleaning. You should make sure that everything is in order always. The reason why most people feel their house is outdated and old is because it’s messy, cluttered, and dirty. Don’t let things pile up on the kitchen counter. Always keep your dining table spotless. Store children’s toys, kitchen tools, paper bills, and office supplies in the drawers and cabinets. Don’t let unfolded laundry overtake your living room.
Once in a while, give your home a serious deep clean. Even if you try cleaning your home every week, there will be areas you haven’t given attention to. A thorough cleaning will give you a rundown of what your home needs in terms of repairs, replacements, redecorating, and updates.
Get Rid of Wallpaper
Older homes still have wallpaper that is probably peeling right now. This could be the main culprit to why your home looks dated. Ditch the old wallpaper. Peel it off and be ready to paint your walls with a light or neutral color. You may want to go with white because this is a classic color that will last for a long time. Removing the wallpaper and repainting the walls is a cheap way of sprucing up your home’s interior. The rooms will get that fresh look you’re looking for.
Highlight Doors and Other Features
A simple trick to give your home a new look is to paint doors and other features a different color. Older homes have ornate features on their doors such as cornices, but these don’t get the attention they deserve. Paint your external doors a different color such as blue, red, or black to make them stand out. Your bedroom and bathroom doors should have a different shade, too. You can paint them gray or light yellow. As for the cornices, give them a glossy paint to help them stand out from the white on white paint of your walls and ceilings.
Replace or Remove Carpets and Rugs
Old carpets make a home look, well, old. Those Persian carpets may not work on what you’re trying to achieve in terms of home design anymore. Give it a good clean and store it in your basement. Or, you can sell it since some may still need these carpets. Instead of large Persian carpets, you can decorate your floors with area rugs. These look good to highlight a specific part of your home.
Know When It’s Time to Renovate
Finally, you should be aware of the different periods of the year when it’s best to renovate a home. For example, before winter, check your sump pump, foundation vents, and outdoor air-conditioning units. Spring, on the other hand, is a good time to check the HVAC unit, roof, gutters, sidewalks, driveway, and seals around the doors and windows. Knowing when these home inspections are needed will help in the maintenance.
You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars when trying to make your home look fresh and updated. Sometimes, you don’t have to spend a dollar at all. Deep-cleaning and regularly inspecting the areas of the house can make a huge difference in your home maintenance needs.