When it comes to renovation, it’s easy to become inundated with pictures of new bathroom tiles, granite kitchen counters, and open floor plans. But, while you’re wading through these sexy upgrades that promise to take your home from drab to fab, it may be easy to miss some of the more subtle, less-sexy upgrades that will do more than just provide your home with aesthetic appeal.
1. HVAC System
If your home does not have an HVAC system, consider investing in one. Central air helps during the sweltering summer as well as the frigid winter. HVAC systems are easy to use, and they're much more energy efficient than window units and electric heaters, saving you money on your next electric bill. If your home already has an HVAC system, consider upgrading it. Old, inefficient HVAC systems can fill your home with hazardous molds, dust particles, and carbon monoxide. Newer HVAC systems perform better air treatments, and they're more energy efficient than their outdated counterparts.
If you haven't updated your siding in a while, consider taking on this upgrade. Outdated siding is not only an eyesore, but it leaves your home susceptible to the elements. Siding provides protection against water, wind, heat, and cold. If your siding isn't up-to-date, it could cause potential damage to the interior of your home in the form of mold, mildew, and/or structural damage. Updating your siding not only adds to the protection of your home, but it can add to the curb appeal as well. Modern siding options allow for a chicer look, and with plenty of available options to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the right style for your home.
3. Electrical Outlets
Electrical outlets may not be the first things that come to mind when you think of upgrading, but they should. Loose connections, outdated electrical codes, and cracks in the paneling are all seen as a fire hazard and can cause a potential risk for your home. When thinking about upgrading the connections, consider adding more outlets as well. Since outlets are necessary to power computers, TVs, and charge handheld devices, it’s only logical that modern homes would need more electrical outlets than ones built 10 or 20 years ago. While you’re at it, think about upgrading the look of the panels as well. Electrical outlet panels can add a necessary accent to a room, giving it a more modern look.
4. Sprinkler System
Even though everyone may not have a green thumb, everyone wants a green lawn. Upgrading your house to include a sprinkler system provides you with a sense of security that your lawn will receive the water it needs to grow all year long. In addition to helping hide a black thumb, a sprinkler system’s green grass will provide curb appeal and increase the marketability of your home if and when you do decide to sell.
5. Ceiling Fans
Installing ceiling fans in every room is a great upgrade that will provide you with summer and winter savings. In summer, fans can be used to create a cool breeze, and in winter, they can circulate warm air, keeping the room at a moderate temperature. Choosing the right style of ceiling fans will also help create the exact look and feel you want for each room.
Finally, we get to a sexy room to upgrade: the bathroom. I know what you might be thinking: Maybe adding a rainfall showerhead, a double sink with new faucets, and a claw-foot tub? Nope. Caulk and Vent Fans. As unsexy as it may be, applying a fresh layer of caulk to the bathroom is exactly what your bathroom might need. New caulk inhibits water from seeping into the cracks and causing water damage and mold to build up. In addition, installing a new vent fan in your bathroom will help prevent mold from growing around your bathroom’s ceiling. Keeping your bathroom mold free is about as unsexy as it gets, but it’s a great way to keep your home value high, livable, and clean!
While these upgrades may not be as sexy as wood flooring, the savings, value, and protection they add to your home are reason enough to consider them. As not-so-sexy as they might be.