When it comes to our homes, there’s nothing quite like taking your space from its initial emptiness and making it truly your own. Over time, you can expect your home to bear marks of your passing, with tons of little upgrades and fixes tailored specifically to you.
Some of these upgrades will be purely aesthetic, while some of them will help you improve your quality of life overall. When you first move in, it can be challenging to predict where you’re going to need those upgrades. To help make this process easier, here’s a list of a few worthwhile home changes that will make your living space more livable:
LED Light Bulbs
As much as fluorescents became the darlings of homeowners everywhere a few years back, they’re now being dethroned by LED as the best option out there. LEDs are even more energy-efficient than fluorescent bulbs. What truly sets LED bulbs apart from others, however, is just how long they can be used before needing to be replaced. If used for 12 hours a day, a 50,000-hour bulb can be expected to work for a full 11 years. In the future, most homeowners will probably only change any given light bulb 2-4 times the entire time they live in that house.
Air Vent Peripherals
Any major upgrades to your HVAC system should be done by a professional, but there are a few ways you can exploit your air vents to your advantage. For instance, an air vent deflector is a simple and effective way to further control the flow of hot or cool air in your home to serve you best. These can be attached to floor vents, roof vents, or any vents to be quite honest. Other good additions include fancy covers for unused vents or vents you can adjust via your smartphone.
Soft Closing Drawers and Cabinets
Tired of hearing a distinctive slam every time you want to quickly grab a glass of water or grab something out of a drawer? Roller runners, as well as hinge adapters, can be bought for less than $10, then installed in any cabinet you’d like in no more than an hour. This means you won’t be waking up your housemates in the middle of the night just because you wanted to fix yourself by a snack, nor will you drive yourself crazy with all of the noise you’ll make if you ever have to hurriedly make dinner with lots of different ingredients.
You don’t need to break the bank to make your home more enjoyable to live in. There’s a multitude of solutions out there meant to modernize a lot of things we’ve come to accept as normal in owning a house. Think about any run-of-the-mill activity or item in your home and figure out if there’s a way you can better tailor it to your individual lifestyle. Over time, you’ll be able to better set up your home in a way that reflects the life you want to live. At the bare minimum, you can give yourself a lot more time to focus on things that really matter, instead of worrying if you have enough light bulbs kicking around.