Smart Ways to Turn Your House into American Dream Home
Achieving the American Dream can be an elusive ideal, but in many ways it’s still achievable.
15:01 11 October 2019
It means hard work, upward mobility and sacrifice to create the kind of happiness you want out of life. In 2019, Americans know that investing in their home is part of that American dream. According to a survey by Chase, 75% of Americans still see owning a home as a good financial investment. So what additions can you make that accentuate the investment of your home? What will give your home resale value and offer you and your people the safest, most comfortable place to pay your head at night?
Added Home Security
Technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, and that includes the technology that makes our homes safer. It behooves homeowners to consider what kind of alarm can deliver the best security to their homes, which is why they should learn more about security arrangements on resources like alarms.org. Such kind of research can give them a great insight into different home security systems. From smart doorbell’s that alert you to a visitor, solicitor or package at your door, to highly-advanced hidden surveillance systems, investing in your home security is a major way to gain peace of mind when it comes to your American dream home.
Update Your Kitchen
Studies continue to show us that people tend to congregate in the kitchen and living room when a home is an open concept floor plan. So investing in the functionality and appeal of a kitchen is a fantastic way to create the kind of home that you will love. Quick and easy updates include swapping out lighting fixtures, replace a range backsplash, add new hardware on cabinets or paint cabinets a fresh, clean color.
Whether it’s the workplace or at your dream home, first impressions are what last in the mind. So freshen up your home exterior with simple landscaping features. Add a new tree, plant some flowers or shrubs. Rent or borrow a high power washer to clean your driveway and house exterior. Update the lighting fixtures on front step to create cheerful welcoming dream home.
Upgrade Your TV in the Living Room
Because family and friends tend to gather in the living room, it’s a worthwhile investment to upgrade your television. Manufacturers continue to update technology on televisions, making them smart devices for streaming everything. They can truly be the center of entertainment in the house. And if you want to impress your friends and neighbors, add wireless speakers and place or install them strategically around your living room to create a cinema type, surround sound experience.
Invest in your Outdoor Living Space
Use clay pavers to update an outdoor patio if you have the love for arts. Build a deck and add evening, twinkle lights to create soft, comfortable mood for guests. Making your outdoor space useable with versatile furniture will establish your home as a gathering place for years to come.
Nothing says outdated house like old bathroom fixtures. Install new fixtures in your guest bathroom to create a clean, welcoming space for your dream home.
A dream home means saving money on utilities. This can be achieved with some quick and easy swap-outs. Swap out traditional light bulbs for LED bulbs. Consider installing solar panels or outlets and switches that are set-timed and can turn themselves off.
Another way to make your dream home even more cost-effective is to update your appliances, such as washers and dryers. Many current models regulate water usage and energy usage without the consumer ever having to set the system. You’ll love your home even more when it helps you save money.
Add a Little Color
People sometimes feel nervous about interior paint. It feels like a big step to take, but now with the help of home improvement websites, you can see exactly how your new paint color will look in your living room. The companies like Glidden provides a “paint your room online” feature, as does Behr and many other paint provider websites. This allows you to visualize exactly how your living room will look in a new color. It’s worth noting too that paint is a budget-friendly upgrade. A gallon or two of paint probably won’t break the bank account but will vastly improve the look and feel of your living room. You’ll be inspired again in your new space with a fresh color on the walls.
Upgrading Sockets for the 21st Century
Backlog on outlets is a problem with so many new gadgets that require a USB plug in. One way to upgrade your space is to use a USB flash drives and cables. This will modernize your living room. Now with more and more open concept floor plans, families and friends tend to gather in the kitchen and living room, so these are the best areas to upgrade sockets. But remember, if you’ve never done electrical work, hire a professional electrician who can help you make upgrades safely and effectively. The more current your house is, the more you’ll appreciate the hours you spend in it.
Whether it’s a small update like painting a room or a bigger investment like adding home security, there are ways to make your home more functional, enjoyable or sellable. The American Dream can be right in your own backyard.