One thing that this pandemic has shown us, more than anything, is that our homes are the meeting place for many of our most important life activities. A home is an immediate vacation spot, the school grounds for our children who go to school online, a restaurant, and even a gym!
With so many different ways that our homes help us to improve our lives, any investments that you make in your home immediately benefit you and your family. Not only does renovating your home help to improve its value in the real estate sense, but you also have much to gain emotionally and psychologically.
Here are how investing in your home benefits you that you might not have considered before.
You deserve it!! You’ve worked hard for the place you call home. More than ever before, we are seeing how meaningful our spaces are and their effects on our productivity, mood, well-being, happiness.
Remember the moment when you first laid your eyes on your dream home? You fantasized about how exciting it would be to finally make it your very own. Do you remember what inspired you to buy? Have you forgotten? Perhaps it was the memories you wanted to create in that space or a home that’s safe for you and your loved ones. You wanted a place to create memories that will last a lifetime.
If you have a family, joy can be gained from a DIY project with the kids. If you’re single, happiness can be finally having a dedicated space to enjoy some much-needed “me-time!”
Having a home isn’t just about having a place of shelter. It’s also a reflection of you, your values, your interests, and how you perceive you and the world around you. It is a place to remind you of what and who you love. I really like the idea of encouraging families to personalize each room so that it truly reflects the unique characteristics of each member of the family.
What makes a house a home? You and your loved ones! Don’t be afraid to put a personal touch into your home. Have fun with it! Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Choose paint colors that you love.
- Put up artwork that speaks to you or photographs of people and places that you love.
- Add new lighting. To me, lighting is the crown jewel of any space. Lighting fixtures are statement pieces that will speak your style.
- Change your accessories. Give your couch a facelift by changing your throw pillows, throw blankets.
- Books are excellent coffee table accessories and great conversational pieces.
- Add some nature. Flowers and succulents make a space more inviting. Don’t have a green thumb? Silk (fake) flowers look surprisingly real and won’t require any maintenance.
- Decorate your wall with decals, picture frames, and quote artworks.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, gyms, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues are all shut down in many places until further notice. Fortunately, your home will allow you to somewhat replace those experiences by being creative and creating the “mini” versions of them inside your home.
While you may have to scale back on the bells and whistles a bit due to the costs, having a home gym or a stylish rustic kitchen that reminds you of the summer you spent in Rome, will go a long way to make staying at home more exciting.
Make your home be a pleasant stay-cation! It is possible. If you need help, we are here for you.
It’s All About the Money
Any home project costs money. However, you should consider the money spent as an investment. If you care for your home in the right ways, it will pay off, especially if you plan to sell at some point.
I’ve had many clients that never renovated, never got to those home projects that they always wanted. In the end, it cost them when they had to shell out big bucks to fix up their homes before putting them on the market. However, the worst part is that they end up regretting the fact that they have to fork over a lot of money just for the next family to enjoy it.
Don’t do that! Enjoy what you have now. Your home is your sanctuary and most significant investment, both financially and emotionally. Capitalize on that investment now to enjoy the benefits. You’re worth it!