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Easy Ways To Update Your Home Without Paying The Big Bucks

The Irish real estate market is short of homes as demand spikes, driving up the prices of houses and flats. In addition, rents have also risen due to the limited inventory of housing. For those who cannot get their hands on a new property, replace an ageing house, or move to a modern one, renovating or updating an existing dwelling is a smart alternative. From replacing doors and windows to modernising kitchens and bathrooms, updating a house can improve the looks, comfort and functionality of a property. Here are some easy ways to upgrade your home.

Replace Fixtures And Lights

The heating system is an important component of a building, providing hot water and heat for comfort. One popular way to update your home is to use stylish iron cast radiators that not only offer consistent and efficient heat, but also look pleasing to the eye. Install modern radiators in hallways, living rooms, and even sun rooms where warmth is lacking or a modern touch is needed.

Another renovation idea is to swap light systems with sleek models for a contemporary appearance. Switch to LED lighting, which is not only reliable and energy-efficient, but also offers a higher brightness and intensity. You can even go for artsy wall pieces for a modern yet timeless look. Replace old switches, and get dimmers so that you can control the intensity of illumination. On top of creating a cosier atmosphere, you also prolong the life of your bulbs and save energy. Fixtures such as door handles, wall sconces, faucets, and floating shelves can be changed to give your home an up-to-date appearance. Include technology such as touchless faucets or interactive lights. Bath tubs, sinks, and shower enclosures may also be swapped for something sleeker.

Painting Is A Low-Cost Investment

Giving your entire home a fresh coat of paint can improve its appearance and appeal without you needing to spend a lot of money. Each space is upgraded instantly, and you’ll be able to personalize spaces with a splash of colour. Moreover, repainting your home is something temporary, and does not affect the resale value of a property. However, the impact is huge, and can uplift the appearance of a living space. Modern trends include saturated and highly-pigmented colours such as blues and greens. Exterior painting also has an effect on the appeal of your home, giving it a fresh and neat look.

Renovating Your Kitchen

Kitchens are often the centrepiece of a home, and are a key selling point for both houses and flats. It’s that one area in a house where everyone gathers, dines, and prepares meals. Hence, a kitchen that’s both beautiful and practical is highly desirable. If there is space, build a pantry. It gives the kitchen a premium edge over other ones that have no possibility to store extra food. For harmony, use the same material on countertops and backsplashes, such as marble or quartz. Simple updates that don’t involve a lot of money include painting cupboard doors, replacing handles, installing new lights, or adding a breakfast bar.

Updating a home does not always need to be expensive. Painting, updating the kitchen, and upgrading lights and fixtures are some ways to give your home a contemporary appeal, make it more comfortable, and at the same time, increase its value.

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