Looking to make a few upgrades around your home in 2021? Choosing which upgrades to prioritize and which to postpone can sometimes be a challenge. But if you want to increase your home’s value, make it safer for your family, or give yourself a few extra conveniences, there are a few upgrades you’ll want to make first. Keep reading to find out what they are, and why they should be on your to-do list this year.
One of the most popular—as well as one of the most expensive—home renovation projects is a kitchen remodel. Like most home projects, the size of your remodel and just how high-end you opt to go will affect the bottom line. But even a smaller project can set you back anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000, and that’s without redoing cabinets or replacing appliances. Higher-end projects can cost over $30,000.
If your current kitchen is out-of-date, you might be looking at a full-scale remodel, with new cabinets, floors, appliances, and more. But if you still love your current kitchen, smaller upgrades (such as refinishing your cabinets or upgrading to smart appliances) can also make your kitchen a more usable space, as well as one that you’ll love using.
Upgrading your kitchen will do more than just make your home more enjoyable for your family. This is one home renovation project that can increase the value of your home, and help you fetch a higher price if you decide to sell down the line.
Some of the best home investments you can make are those that make your day-to-day tasks a little easier, save you money, or help keep your family safe. Smart home automation can do all these and more.
With smart home automation, you can control your home’s light, heat, door locks, and more with the use of your smartphone. This means you can check to see if your doors are locked once you’ve left home. You can turn off the downstairs light after you’ve already crawled into bed. And you can adjust your heat and air conditioning during the day while you’re out to help lower your heating and cooling costs.
If you’re simply maintaining the same landscaping year after year, it’s time for a change. Updating and refreshing your home’s landscaping is a great way to improve the look of your home, and give you an outdoor living space that you’ll love to enjoy.
Professional landscaping is good for more than just the homeowner’s own enjoyment; it can also net a return on investment of as much as 83 percent, according to the National Association of REALTORS Research Department. Unless you have a green thumb and some experience in landscape design, this is an upgrade that’s best left to the pros. They’ll help you choose the right flora for your yard, and make sure that the entire design is cohesive and fits the style of your home.
High-end upgrades can increase the value of your home and increase your own enjoyment of it. From renovating your kitchen to refreshing your landscaping to adding some smart home automation, these are the upgrades you should be making in 2021.