Home improvements often elicit overwhelming feelings because not only can it be a huge undertaking but the expenses will add up quickly. Not all home improvements have to feel this way. There are plenty of easy, low-cost improvements you can make that will make your life easier. From getting magnetic screens for doors to refreshing the paint throughout your home, read on for some easy home improvements you can start sooner rather than later.
1. Magnetic Screens for Doors
Magnetic screens for exterior doors can be a massive benefit to the efficiency of your home. During warm seasons, it’s nice to get some fresh air into the house but it’s no fun having to deal with pesky bugs getting into your home. A magnetic screen allows you to let the fresh air in without worry. A retractable screen is a good option if you have pets or children. Pets can let themselves out quickly when they need to. Children can go in and out without you worrying about them shutting the door. Enjoying your outdoor space will be much easier when you have magnetic screens helping you maintain the comfort of your home.
2. Single Large Kitchen Sink
Most kitchen sinks feature two smaller sinks and the size can be limiting. Large pots and pans often don’t fit well and cleaning these more oversized items with a divider can feel cumbersome. To alleviate this stress, install a single large kitchen sink. Without the divider, you get the maximum space and now have the ease of storing and cleaning dirty dishes. The work of putting a new one in is very minimal as you don’t need to make any changes to your counter space. Simply remove the old sink and replace it with a new one.
3. Soft-Close Toilet Seats
There is nothing worse than lying in bed fast asleep and all of a sudden hearing the slam of a toilet lid. If you have a large family (or a notorious toilet slammer), soft-close toilet seats are a must in your home. These types of toilet seats are designed to be impossible to slam, so you don’t have to worry one bit about someone forgetting and slamming the lid. Aside from the sound, you also eliminate the risk of injury if the seat were to shut on someone’s hand, which can happen when you have small children. You also reduce the wear and tear on your toilet because there is minimal impact. Soft-close toilet seats are simple to install and don’t cost too much money.
4. Smart Lock on Exterior Doors
For increased security and lighter pockets, install smart locks on exterior doors. If you have a home security system, smart door locks are usually able to connect with the system. You can control your locks right from your phone. Some are completely keyless and codeless, but you do have the option of using a deadbolt or a keypad. A keypad is beneficial if you have close family members, friends, or young children who need to access the door as you can simply share the code with those you trust.
5. Apply Window Film
If you live in an area where the houses are situated close together, it can feel as though you don’t get the privacy you’d like. It can leave you in a tough spot because while you want privacy, you don’t want to sacrifice the natural light. Window films are a good option that allows you to cover the window without obstructing light. You can choose from different opacities and patterns to find a look that matches your home decor style.
6. Refresh the Paint
One of the most common home improvement projects that are fairly simple to do is paint. A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into any room. Whether you want to freshen up the same color or choose to change up the look, you will still achieve the same result in improving your life at home. Painting can be a lot of fun from selecting the color to the actual paint job. Paint with someone, such as a partner or a friend, to make it a fun activity instead of something that could feel mundane.
Making life easier is always a welcome activity. If you’re looking for easy ways to simplify your life, tackle one (or more) of these easy home improvement projects. A bonus is that you are investing in your home, even if you don’t plan to move anytime soon. These improvements will be enjoyed for years.