With living costs rising across the board, one of the last things you might be thinking about is upgrading your home essentials. However, to avoid being hit by bigger expenses should something go wrong, you should still consider updating certain parts of your home every now and then.
If you’re not sure whether your home is reaching its sell-by date, read on.
How Often Should I Update My Home?
While various factors will affect how soon you need to update your home, the consensus is that you should do so every five to ten years. Although this may sound scary, updating your home doesn’t have to involve knocking through walls and ripping out kitchens.
In fact, some simple changes like a fresh lick of paint and some new accessories can make a big difference.
The average house price is around £281,000, but by making some small tweaks, you could sell your home for more when the time comes.
Essentials to Upgrade
Your Furniture and Décor
You can update your furniture and décor as much as you like. Although your décor and furniture will always be to your taste, it’s important to update your home if trends change. For example, if you’re still rocking 80s sofas and 90s-style kitchen cabinets, it might be time for a makeover.
If you’ve decided to modernise your home, it’s important to check your finances before going ahead with any work.
Your Walls and Floor
Nothing brightens up your home like a fresh lick of paint. If you’ve had the same colour bedroom walls for a long time, it might be time to change things up. To avoid picking up the paintbrush again in the near future, opt for timeless neutrals that won’t quickly go out of style.
Your floor can also become outdated quickly, so a safe bet is to replace threadbare carpets with hardwood flooring.
Your home accessories and soft furnishings are used most days so tend to last a fraction of the time your walls do. As such, try to replace pillows, towels and cushions frequently to keep your home looking and feeling fresh as a daisy.
Your home tech is a bit of a tricky one. On one hand you’ll always want the latest gadgets to keep your home up to date, but on the other hand if it aint broke don’t fix it. With home tech you’ll need to figure out if it’s worth updating, what are the benefits from any new features on the updated kit and is it financially feasible to keep doing so, or can you live without these new features.
Something like home security you’re going to want to invest in and keep updated – a new tv however might not be at the top of your agenda.
It’s no secret that upgrading your home is time-consuming and costly. Yet often it’s a necessary evil of owning a house. However, the good news is that by following our above guide, you can keep your home looking its best for years to come.
So, what are you waiting for?