Chances are that if you’re a homeowner, you’ve spent a few moments this summer daydreaming about updating or renovating your home – especially if it’s where you perform all your work. After all, one of the joys of owning a home is that you have free reign to do whatever you want with the interior. Updating your home will not only increase its resale value, but it will help to make your home life more relaxing and enjoyable. Knowing which updates to make, however, is often the most difficult aspect of getting the ball rolling.

Fortunately, there are a few common updates that are not only easy to get in gear but also don’t have to cause you to take out a second mortgage. Update your home in the following three ways, and you’ll wonder how you ever got by in the past.

Switch to Green Appliances

“Going green” is all the rage these days, and for good reason. Green appliances like low flow toilets and Energy-Star certified dishwashers and washing machines not only help to preserve the environment but can save you money at the same time. Because these appliances are built specifically to save water and electricity, you’ll no doubt see a reduction in your utility bills over the long term, especially if you update a number of your appliances. Switching to green appliances can be a costly venture, however, which means you’re unlikely to be able to outfit your entire home with new appliances at once if you’re trying to stick to a budget. Try to determine which appliances in your home get the most use and start with those, as you can always make more changes at a later date.

Build a Home Office

Anyone who works from home knows just how difficult it can be to get anything done without a proper office space. Still, many people simply use their kitchen or living room as a work space, which can not only bother family members, but can also cut into productivity. The logical solution is to build a home office, and it doesn’t have to be as much of an undertaking as it sounds. You may have a space in your home that is getting very little use, for example, which you can easily convert into a proper home office. The other solution is to build an addition; certainly more of an undertaking than the alternative, but it can help to add resale value to your home. These days, people look for home offices when shopping for a new home, and there’s no better time than now to update yours. Be sure to work with a professional contractor in the case that you plan on making any actual additions, however, as this tends to be outside the realm of DIY.

Change Your Color Scheme 

Many people are amazed to see just how much of a difference a home’s color scheme can have on one’s mood. There’s a lot of psychology to color, and the walls that surround actively change your brain the more time you spend inside. Greens and blues, for example, help to foster relaxation, while reds and other deep colors add warmth and intensity to any room. Changing the color scheme in your home can be very refreshing, as we tend to get used to our surroundings. Be sure to use care when choosing your new color scheme, however, as re-painting can be expensive and you don’t want to end up unhappy with your choices. With fall finally here, you might want to look into a warm palette of reds, yellows and burnt oranges.

Updating your home comes along with a variety of benefits, and it’s less of a hassle than it seems at face value. With a little bit of planning, you’ll be one step closer to getting your home’s design where you want it to be.

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