Improve an Old Home Under a Budget
Houses are essential structures yet prone to damage or deterioration due to daily use. It’s crucial to improve the state of your dwelling, especially if you have a family living with you.
However, you may not always have the budget to renovate or remodel your house thoroughly. You shouldn’t have to spend a fortune on upgrades and updates.
These are some of the ways to improve an old home’s appearance and health with a few inexpensive materials.
1. Repaint the Walls and Cabinets
The first step is to repaint all the walls and cabinets. The paint serves a double purpose of aesthetics and moisture-proofing, helping the house preserve its material integrity.
Paint the faded areas since those places probably suffer the most damage from rain or moisture.
Upon selling, you can try virtual staging to improve your home’s appearance without renovation or remodeling.
2. Check and Improve the Electric Wiring
One of the inexpensive ways to improve an old home is to check the electrical wiring to prevent expensive problems in the future.
Have an electrician conduct maintenance once every couple of years, especially if you’re in an area prone to typhoons or storms.
3. Add Indoor Plants
Plants will help with air circulation, and they also look aesthetically pleasing. Placing indoor plants on various parts of the house allow you to improve the beauty and ambiance without spending a fortune.
It would help if you remembered to water and give them sufficient sunlight or select ornamental houseplants that only require little sun exposure to survive.
These are some indoor plants that require low light and maintenance:
- Peace Lily
- Pothos or Devil’s Ivy
- Most succulents
- ZZ plant
You can ask a local gardener to recommend the type of potted plants you can add to your home.
4. Protect the Walls with Backsplash
Backsplashes protect the walls from water stains and damage. Most people put them in places that are prone to such.
You can add backsplashes to kitchen sinks, counters, showers, toilets, and other locations that may have frequent water flow.
Your home would improve by simply adding backsplashes to help prevent water damage.
5. Add More Storage Areas
Old homes have a problem with clutter due to a lack of storage areas. Therefore, you’ll improve your home’s condition by adding more containers.
Cabinets and storage containers may also double as decors, so it’s essential to regard their form and design.
You can also add them in empty spaces, such as under the bed or above the toilet/sinks.
6. Get Rid of Termites Before They Reproduce
Termites could undermine your house’s structural integrity by attacking the wooden parts of your walls or pillars.
It’s an excellent practice to rid your home of insects and rodents before they infest, especially if they have started to breed within your walls.
You can also hire an exterminator for significant infestations rather than letting them further destroy your walls or interiors.
7. Upgrade to smart home devices
You can further improve an old home using the Internet of Things (IoT) upgrades such as those found in smart home devices.
There are many ways to upgrade your home through those gadgets. You don’t have to spend a fortune on them.
Some features, such as automated thermostats, may even help reduce your electric bill.
These are some of the best smart home devices to have:
- Smart plugs monitor the power loads and possible overheating.
- Speakers for entertainment and assistance capabilities.
- Automated locks with app compatibility for safety or security.
- Bulbs and switches control lighting in the home, reducing electric consumption.
A smart home will give you better peace of mind, especially when you’re away on trips or vacations. Alternatively, you may upgrade to newer appliances with energy-saving features or add solar-powered equipment.
Old homes have a history, and they often hold sentimental value to families. If you have an old house, remember that it’s one of the places that took care of you, so it’s not farfetched to take care of it.
It’s easier to maintain it with minimal spending than getting rid of it for a newer design unless the structural integrity is compromised.
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.