Home Investments Make an Impact

Owning a home comes with its own ups and downs, the pride of homeownership and the cost of maintaining. Whether you plan on selling your home soon or updating it for your own enjoyment, there’s a smart way to do it. Home investments can be expensive, so consider what updates will benefit you long term. Let us simplify the process and give you some advice on where window treatments may be a smart choice.


Rooms that Sell

For decades, new kitchens and bathrooms have provided the biggest return on investment for homeowners. Potential buyers see the value in an updated kitchen or bath and may be willing to pay more. Who wants to go through a huge renovation anyway? Trends change over time but renovating these rooms is always a smart decision. If you’re willing to make the home investment and deal with a bit of inconvenience, it’ll pay off in the long run.

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It goes without saying that your kitchen is the “Grand Central Station” of your family home. Bathrooms get a lot of use too. These rooms are where we spend most of our time when we are at home. So, whether you plan to list it or leave it, renovate it!  Home investments like these will make a huge impact on your family’s lifestyle and bottomline. 

Exterior Performance

When discussing home renovations it’s easy to forget the exterior, but this can be a huge mistake. The front of your home sets the tone for what to expect inside and curb appeal will make a lasting impression on prospective home buyers. What about home investments such as a new roof or siding? Those may be in your future too, but let’s start small. Here are some simple spring projects that can make a huge difference. 

  • Cut back overgrown bushes, fertilize the lawn, plant flowers
  • Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door
  • A new doormat and wreath can spruce up any front entrance way 
  • Power wash the siding and front walk
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Outdoor Screen Shades

As for the back of the home, it’s important to create a space for friends and family to gather-a sort of staycation. Try for a relaxing and beautiful outdoor space with on trend furnishings and just the right amount of colorful decor-too much will make the space look cluttered. Allow the outdoors to be the prominent feature and your green space the focal point. Of course. keep the lawn manicured and the patio maintained. It’s important to make the most of your backyard-it’s an extension of your home- and if it is time to sell, potential buyers will fall in love!


What About the Windows?

After 30 years, it’s time. Those original wooden windows will need to be replaced soon. Sometimes home investments aren’t very exciting, but necessary. New windows are a big expense, but so are high energy bills. If you’d rather direct your budget somewhere else, we completely understand. So, here’s what to do about those windows. 

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First, why not consider buying new windows in sections? Experts recommend concentrating on the front facing windows first, for a uniform look. Then the pressure is off, you can replace the rest as your budget allows. Isn’t that a relief?

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Another option is to identify the windows that are most troubled by wind and harsh weather. Bazaar Home Decorating can install energy efficient window treatments that will block the elements and update the look of your windows inside and out. 

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions about Flooring

Flooring is another piece of the puzzle, and when making a home investment, your budget is important to consider. Some rooms will need tile, but most homeowners today use hardwood floors throughout. Although carpet is still seen in some rooms, it isn’t very popular these days for a number of reasons. Clients find that carpet is costly, harder to keep clean and is filled with dust, dander and allergens. 

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If you are a carpet person, we get it, it makes a room comfortable and cozy. But, in order to experience long-lasting durability you’ll need to dig deep into your pockets for higher quality brands. As a rule of thumb, if you’ll be removing carpet, replace it with something else. Hardwood floors are a better investment long term, look amazing and with an area rug they can provide the comfort you are looking for.  

Little Details, Big Impact

Before deciding on a large home investment, think about the areas in your home that just need a little TLC. Making small changes in your home can go a long way and you can usually do it yourself. Consider these…

  • Again, a fresh coat of paint, (neutral if you’re selling)
  • New area rugs to rejuvenate your hardwoods
  • Change the hardware on cabinets (kitchen & bathroom)
  • Install new lighting–chandeliers, flush mount lights & ceiling fans
  • Rearrange your furniture

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Think about Window Treatments

Did someone say window treatments? Window coverings are another desirable way to transform your home. They provide beautiful light, amazing atmosphere and adjustable privacy settings-they simply make a house a home. Make sure they coordinate with your decor and highlight your home’s beauty. You will be amazed at how they improve your lifestyle too.

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Did we mention that with window treatments you can create your dream home with modern features such as automation and dual shades? Not only will you be living in a designer home, window coverings will allow your home to reach its full potential. If you do decide to put your home on the market, the Hunter Douglas name will impress potential buyers and help you sell your home. We promise.

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Applause® Honeycomb Shades

When building a new home or renovating your current home, prioritize window treatments in your spending. Bedrooms and bathrooms need immediate consideration for privacy, and some clients outfit their whole home at one time–to make sure everything is coordinated. We also see clients add window treatments in phases as well, it’s your choice. But, one important fact to mention is to protect your investment. Add window treatments to any room that gets direct sunlight. Coverings will help protect your home from high temperatures and damage from UV rays-it’s essential.

Home Investments On Your Mind?

When in doubt, call in the experts. The professionals at Bazaar Home Decorating can help you decide what upgrades have the potential to increase the value of your home. Whether you’re planning to sell or stay the course, a home investment is a huge consideration. We understand the big picture and can lead you in the right direction. Whether it’s updating the comfort, style or efficiency of your home we have solutions for you. In the Milwaukee area? Get in touch with us for a FREE Consultation today.