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Since the pandemic has forced most of us to spend more time in our homes, it’s easy to start noticing the flaws and limitations of our living spaces. This is particularly true as we continue to integrate work duties or even participate in activities we might normally do at a health club or yoga studio.
You might notice wasted and inefficient spaces more than you used to, like a basement that’s been used solely for laundry and toys the kids have outgrown, or your living area’s drab walls and floors. To help give your home a refresh, the real estate experts Robb Luxury Home Group invite you to consider taking some measures to make your living environment more comfortable and more attractive.
Easy changes can be big changes
One of the easiest things you can do that doesn’t cost much is to get out the paint cans. Colors like yellow and green can lift your mood and energize you, while lilac surrounds you in its calming ambiance. If listening to all of the health news has motivated you to try harder to take care of yourself, then a non-toxic paint free of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, may be worth a look. Elsewhere inside, use a label maker to help organize storage spaces like pantries. This can give you greater utility in frequently used spaces.
Look outside your home, too, for ways to refresh and revive it. Start with a good power wash; if you don’t own a power washer, all it takes is the cost of renting one for a day or two to get near-immediate gratification on your exterior, including your sidewalks and deck. Add some seasonal outdoor décor to your porch; you can get creative with leaves, twigs, gourds, and artificial plants and flowers in colder weather. Don’t forget the outdoor lighting. It may encourage you to spend more time outside, which is good for your health and your mind.
Call in the pros as needed
Other changes may require a combination of DIY and pro panache. For example, rearranging furniture doesn’t cost a thing except for a little muscle and a willingness to try different arrangements until you find one that works. But in the process, you may find that you have a few pieces that suddenly look dingy with your bright new walls. If you love the piece and the frame is in good shape, it’s likely worth the cost to reupholster it. You get to keep the comfort you love but a reupholstery professional can give it an entirely new look.
Increasing your home’s natural lighting can also reap you and your family all kinds of health benefits, from added Vitamin D to improved sleep. It also can save on energy costs since you won’t have to rely as heavily on artificial lighting. While it may take the help of an experienced contractor, consider enlarging windows, or replacing a small door with a large sliding glass door. You may just find that you’ve created the ideal space for a quiet reading and meditation room, yoga studio, or small fitness room.
If you really need extra room and there’s no solution except for the basement, call in an experienced basement renovator to help you create the best design for your needs. You may want to create several spaces, such as a spare bedroom and a quiet study area for kids schooling and studying at home, a sewing or painting room. Or, use it as one space for a large home gym or divide it into separate areas for a weight room and a yoga room.
Play, work, and live better
A house is a big investment, so you should get the most out of it in ways that lead to a more productive, and healthier, life. Enjoy being where you are—in or out of a pandemic.
This article is brought to you by the Robb Luxury Home Group, where we understand that time is the greatest asset we have as human beings. It is finite and irreplaceable. This is always top-of-mind when we engage in the business of selling homes. Our clients never have to worry about their time being wasted because our systems are designed to be as efficient as possible from beginning to end. For more information, please visit our website or contact us today!