Sometimes Naples homeowners are under the impression that in order to make a significant change in their homes they have to undertake a huge remodeling or renovation project. Of course, that can involve spending a significant amount of money. But that's not always the case. Let's take a look at some cost-conscious upgrades for Naples homes that will leave you with some extra cash in your bank account—while improving the comfort (and value) of your Naples home.
Not all home-improvement or remodeling projects are the same. The scope (and of course the cost) depends on what you really want or need. As an example, here’s a post that looks at a wide range of kitchen remodeling projects that can run anywhere from $25,000 to more than $100,000. The more involved a project is, the more it’s going to cost. Of course, the materials you choose will affect the cost as well.
But what if you really don’t want or need something quite that involved? There are improvements and updates you can make that will improve your home’s appearance and make it more comfortable. Let’s look at a few smaller projects you might want to take on the will add comfort and value to your home—without breaking the bank.
Work on Worn Woodwork
It’s amazing how scuffed, faded, or worn woodwork can make your entire home look a little tired and shabby. Take a look at the trim in various rooms of your home. Simply repairing, cleaning, and painting the trim can make things look a lot better. It’s an inexpensive way to dress up your home.
Small Scale Kitchen Updates
Perhaps you want to freshen up your kitchen but you really don’t want to replace all of your kitchen cabinets. You could refinish your existing cabinets. A qualified remodeler can strip your current cabinets and repaint or re-stain them to make them look like new. And you’d be amazed at the difference simply replacing the hardware can make! It’s a lot less expensive (and less invasive) than a full-blown remodel but it can still have a major impact.
Clear the Clutter
If you've ever gone to a builder's open house or looked at the images of gorgeous homes online there’s always one thing missing: Clutter. This is something you can do that costs you nothing but time (and a bit of planning and effort). De-cluttering your home not only makes it look better, but it will make it feel larger as well. Here are tips for keeping your Naples home free from clutter.
Interior lighting makes such a difference in the look and feel of a home. Because the trend in today’s homes is toward more natural light, having a dark interior can make your home feel dated. You may want to do something as simple as changing your window treatments to let more natural light in. Or you might choose to replace existing windows with larger ones (that will also do a better job of keeping things cool inside).
You may also want to take a look at your interior lighting in a number of rooms—particularly in common rooms that serve multiple purposes. For kitchens and family rooms, you'll want to consider task lighting for specific purposes (cooking and cutting in the kitchen and reading in the family room). But you’ll also want to think about ambient lighting to set the right mood.
It’s easy to overlook your flooring, but it plays a huge role in how your home looks and feels. If you have worn carpet or rugs in high-traffic areas they can make the whole room (or even the whole house) feel a bit shabby. Replace worn carpet or area rugs to freshen things up. If you decide to redo the floors in an entire room, you might want to check out this article that compares natural hardwood and engineered hardwood options.
Get Your Tech On!
Technology is another way to update your home and make it more convenient. There are a variety of tech tools and gadgets that can make your home more comfortable and even safer. Here’s a great article that looks at some of the new smart home technologies from personal assistants to whole-house lighting/dimming, to home security.
One other improvement you might want to consider—especially with hurricane season on the horizon—is adding a portable backup generator. It might not be as sexy as new kitchen cabinets, but it’s hard to enjoy your beautiful cabinets when you’re sitting in the dark. Plus, the generator costs a lot less!
Not every home improvement has to be a major project. Take a look around your home and look for small improvements that can have a big impact.