5 Simple Upgrades to Enhance Life at Home and Even Property Value


Home makeovers may be a hobby for some people. These homeowners find ways to improve the look of their home to create more joy for the family, as well as prepare for the possibility of selling it in the future. Typical upgrades make sure that not only will the property be even more pleasing to the senses but functionally beneficial as well.

The most important upgrades are necessary repairs of faulty installations and damages. These are crucial in creating a home where everybody feels safe living in.

Secondary to repairs is the installation of features and fixtures to boost utility — for example, the addition of a sunroom that can double as a guest room during the holidays. And the last reason to have upgrades would be beautification because everybody takes great delight in having a stylish home.

Real estate professionals say that all these upgrades not only elevate the quality of life at home but also the market value of a residential property. You would think, however, that only a major overhaul can create such benefits. On the contrary, affordable and straightforward upgrades can do the trick. Listed below are five of them.

1. Purchase a few plants to improve dimensions and give color to the landscape.

Pay a visit to your local nursery for a few plants that can create the look of profusion for your property landscape and provide it with a splash of color.

If you lead a creative lifestyle, you will benefit immensely from having a scenic outdoor space with a thoughtful arrangement of plants and blooms.

A flourishing garden or a fantastically green lawn offers opportunities for outdoor entertaining and other hobbies as well.

2. Come up with a property name and create a sign for it.

Give your property a unique charm by giving it a name. This is an old practice that really needs a revival. Consider the qualities of the property and come up with a poetic moniker.

However, do not just name it, prepare a sign as well. You can use a stencil kit for this or even screw-on letters. You can place the name on above your home address on your letterbox, or right on the garden arbor above the gate of your property.

3. Invest in a new letterbox.

Letterboxes are a lovely addition to any landscape. They are not only pretty but also serve a specific function as well. If your old one is rusty, perhaps it’s time for a new one. Post mounted, and freestanding letterboxes are fantastic options for properties with a big front yard.

You can even spruce up your new letterbox by adding a few embellishments such as a bell or lights, and you can also plant around it to make it stand out even more as a feature of the landscape design.

4. Improve both indoor and outdoor illumination.

Set up some lights in the house to beautifully highlight the unique features of the interior. LED strip lights are great to use because they are quite versatile. You can use them to line walkways or create recessed lighting in cozy little nooks in the house.

As for outdoor lighting, you cannot go wrong with string lights. They are perfect all year round and simply lovely to see, especially at dusk. String lights that form a canopy over your garden indicate how you can spend great weather days outdoors just lounging on a chair and enjoying a beverage. Also, there’s something quite festive about strings of lights installed outdoors.

5. Clean and scent up the entire property.

The simple act of tidying up inside and outside the house can do wonders for the overall appeal of your property. There’s no bigger turn-off than entering a property and then smelling something unpleasant and seeing clutter all around.

Won’t home life be so much more relaxing and fulfilling if your property is organized and smells wonderful?

Likewise, won’t it be a source of homeowner pride to have guests over and hear them say that they instantly felt welcome because of the well-maintained, warm and orderly ambiance as well as the fragrant air?

So, rake leaves and mow the lawn (and enjoy the scent of freshly-cut grass). Also, bring out a few pots of herbs like mint, lavender and lemon thyme, and flowers as well.

These are just some of the incredibly easy and affordable upgrades that you can do to your property to boost its functionality, beauty, and overall value.

As simple as they may be, they can have a huge impact on how you enjoy your home, as well as contribute to its real estate appeal.


Jay Flavell is the General Manager at Sandleford Holdings. He has been working in the DIY & Home Improvement industry since 2007 and has vast experience sourcing and developing products from overseas suppliers in the Far East. Jay has also been successful dealing with a number of major DIY & Home Improvement retailers throughout his career.