Now that February is coming to a close and winter has slowly died down, it's time to show some love to the home that's kept you warm all winter.
Here are 5 ways to show your home some love.
Try those easy DIY updates you've thought about
Even if you’re not planning on selling your home anytime soon, it’s always good to try those small improvements to increase the value of your home. Plan a quick weekend project, like one of these:
- Install a no-touch faucet in the kitchen
- Swap those drawer handles and knobs from the ’90s with a more "up-to-date" design
- Replace the old fluorescent light fixtures in the bathroom with something softer
- Upgrade the frameless builder-grade mirror to a more stylish one
- Paint the front door and shutters a vibrant color you love
These simple changes can make a huge difference in how you see and enjoy your home — and make it easier to sell when the time comes.
Buy your home something nice
Just like buying something new for yourself, purchasing something you love for your home will instantly lift your spirits.
Buy that eye-catching vintage door you’ve seen online (after carefully measuring, of course). Upgrade the curtains the previous owner left behind, buy something colorful to change the room’s look, or take the plunge and finally purchase that rug that pulls the room together.
Cultivating great style in your home doesn’t usually happen overnight, but occasionally purchasing items that make you happy will eventually result in a space you love.
Create moments in it
When you first looked at your home, you might have said something like, “This would be a great space for entertaining.” Since moving in, however, have you actually entertained in your home?
If you haven’t (or if it’s been awhile), consider hosting a potluck or a casual dinner with friends and family.
But don’t think you have to scrub the floors for three days and prepare a feast. There’s no need to get too fancy when you host — all you really need is great friends, lively conversation, and good food. Make a menu, choose the music, and hang some string lights or light some candles to create a festive atmosphere.
Save money on it
If mortgage rates are down and you’re interested in lowering your monthly payments, you might want to consider refinancing your home.
Though saving money on your mortgage is the most obvious reason to refinance, many homeowners choose to refinance so they can change from an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) to a fixed-rate mortgage. This can make payments more predictable and less dependent on how the market is doing.
Knowing that you are making the best financial decisions when it comes to your home will ultimately make you happier to be there.
Make sure it’s protected
Reviewing your home insurance policy may not be the most exciting way to spend an evening, but it’s a good way to make sure there aren’t any obvious gaps in your coverage.
Read your policy carefully. Are you overly insured? Or are you overpaying for the amount of coverage you’re getting? Remember that standard coverage often doesn’t often pay for flood or earthquake damage, so check your policy and understand what’s covered in the rare case of a disaster.
If you find areas for improvement, shop around for a new insurance company or work with your existing provider to create a plan that makes you feel more prepared and secure. Understanding the ins and outs of your insurance policy is the best way to look after your pocketbook — and it will likely help you sleep better at night, too.
A home is more than just a roof over your head — it’s a place that’s meant to be loved and enjoyed. Try some of these quick tips this weekend, and you’re sure to fall in love with your home even more.