On average, a house can have a lifespan of about 15-20 years before it starts to seriously deteriorate.
But in as short as a year, you can see some wear in your new home. Some paint starts to chip, hardwood has a few scratches, and your drywall will get a few cracks from settling.
From a fresh new home, to a home that is going downhill quickly.
There are several factors that contribute to the decline of your house. Weather and the people that live in the home are the two sources of flaws in your home.
Let’s take a look at a few easy ways to improve the look of your new home.
Practice Good Maintenance Habits
Prevention is better than correction. Proper maintenance can keep up the condition of our house.
Looking out for the early sign of damage like mold, leaky faucets, scratched flooring, or build-up around your water fixtures.
Proper maintenance of your upholstery also goes a long way.
Consistent cleaning, vacuuming and upkeeping will preserve the good condition of our interior. Some stains, if left unattended, can last a lifetime.
First, make a routine and keep to it. Putting things off only makes things worse.
Polishing a hardwood floor monthly will add a protective coating to your floor. This can help if you already have scratches. It will make them less noticeable.
If you have any leaks, fix them now, even if it’s just a tiny drop here and there. These leaks can ruin the spots they’re penetrating, promoting rot or attracting mold.
Hard water build up is very easy to fix. It only takes two ingredients, vinegar, and baking soda.
- Mix baking soda and vinegar into a thick paste
- Let the paste sit on the area for 2 minutes
- Rinse the paste off
- Dry with a soft cloth
Touch Up from Time to Time
A bit of paint touch up can make a great difference to the appearance of your house.
If you have kids or animals in your home you will start to see chips, scuffs, and smudges in the area that they are in the most.
This can be an easy project that requires just a few minutes. Grab a small can of paint and a paintbrush. If you are careful you may not even need to put anything down to cover the floor.
Start at your front door and paint anything that stands out. This will make your walls look like you just moved in.
Check Your Furniture
When it comes to the interior, your furniture dictates the condition of your house. Old worn furniture will stand out.
It can make a huge impact on the look of your home because furniture is typically a focal point of the room.
If you can, touch up the furniture if there are scratches in the wood. Have it reupholstered, if needed or add a new cover.
Rearrange Furniture and Decor
If you’re on a budget, try rearranging your furniture. Switching the location of your furniture and decor, especially the larger pieces.
Add new decor and accent pieces when possible. By changing the decor on your wall, you will be able to change the whole feeling of the room.
Your walls are a huge space and another focal point so it’s important to have new, clean, and pretty decor.
Take Care of Your Lawn
Many people give a little attention to their lawn but what they don’t know is that it can make such an impression.
Not everyone will go inside your house and appreciate your taste for style, but what most can judge is your lawn.
Trimming bushes, tending flowers, and maintaining porches are some basic lawn care arrangements you can definitely do. Taking care of your lawn can immensely impact it’s curb appeal.