Upgrades for Older Homes

RestorIt DIY Home Improvement, Home Cleaning, Home Renovations

Having an old home doesn’t mean it has to feel old. Home improvement works on any type of house, and there are plenty of ways to modernize one. In this blog post, we’ll show you a few cheap ways to upgrade and invigorate an old home.

 

Refresh Old Surfaces

A fresh coat of paint goes a long way to making a something feel fresh and new. Painting rooms, halls, cabinets, windows, the front door, and even the mailbox can help give the impression of vitality, even in older homes.

Depending on how many surfaces you need to paint, this can be a relatively inexpensive way to spiff up your home.

 

Replace Inefficient Appliances

Getting some new appliances will not only help modernize an older home, but they can also save you lots of money as well.

Many older appliances are much less energy/water efficient than new models, which means you could be paying hundreds of dollars more than you need to every single year!

You don’t have to replace everything, but switching out the old fridge or dishwasher goes a long way.

 

Cheap Replacements

There are many different elements of a home that can be replaced to bring an old home back to life, here are some good candidates:

  • Electrical Faceplates: Replacing those faded plastic light switch and outlet faceplates will really give a feeling of uniformity and cleanness to an old home, especially if the old faceplates don’t match. Installing some new brushed metal plates, or even wood faceplates can very cheaply enhance the interior spaces of a house.
  • Faucets: If no amount of cleaning solution and scrubbing is cleaning that bathroom faucet, it might be time to replace it. Adding new faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms will add an air of class and sophistication.
  • Bathroom Caulking: Yellowing and moldy caulk really drags down the look of a bathroom. New caulk is cheap and easy to replace. Not only will a new line of caulk seal your bathroom against water damage, but it will feel new and refreshing. It’s a win-win.
  • Thermostat: Newer digital thermostats are able to regulate temperature more effectively, saving you money and keeping you comfortable at the same time!

 

Give the Deck Some Love

Gray, cracked boards on the deck can make your home feel more like a haunted house than a place of residence, but with some elbow grease, deck stain, and a pressure washer, you can fill the wood with life.

Pressure washing the wood will remove the layers of dirt and grime, at which point you can apply some stain. This will protect the deck against the elements, and also highlight the beauty of the wood.

 

Pressure Wash the Exterior

On the topic of pressure washing, two areas that generally have noticeable wear are the driveway and siding.

A pass with a pressure washer will clean off years of dirt buildup. A cheap and effective way to breathe some life into the exterior of an older home.

 

Maintain the Plants

Trimming overgrown foliage outside a home will help prevent it looking like nature is reclaiming your living space. In some cases, removing some plants around the house, or planting new ones can give the exterior the little bit of flair that it needs!

 

Room Renovations

For something a little more extensive and transformative, a room remodel can completely overhaul a space into something that feels warm and welcoming.

Restor-It has a team full of knowledgeable and professional home remodelers ready to make those dreams come true. Call the office at 678-355-6645, or fill out a contact form today!