Most of us want to stay put in our current homes, but we still want upgrades that add convenience, value, and a little extra cool factor.
Whether you’re renovating your place or just want some great ideas for home improvement projects, here are a few things you might not have considered but you should.
Homeowners Will Need Kitchen Appliances
If you’re moving into a completely empty house, you’ll need to buy everything, including the big stuff such as a refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, and washing machine. If you’re buying a home that is fully furnished or nearly so, then you’ll have some of these items at your disposal.
A Toaster Oven
Your home kitchen will require a toaster oven. A good toaster oven does so much more than toast. It will help you reheat food without drying it out, make pizza, chicken nuggets, toast, and even bake homemade cookies.
Toaster ovens are great for people who live alone or for couples who don’t have a ton of kitchen space to work with. They’re also cheaper than most full-size ovens.
Food Vacuum Sealer
You’ll be eating at home more often now that you have a kitchen, so save yourself time and money by buying a food vacuum sealer. If you can’t finish a whole chicken or roast beef in one sitting, just cut it into portions and seal each one separately with a food vacuum sealer like this. This will allow you to make the most of your leftovers by making them last longer.
Food vacuum sealers are easy to use and can help keep food fresh for up to five times longer than normal storage methods. While it’s true that you can use non-food vacuum sealers for food storage, they aren’t recommended for long-term storage. If you have a lot of fresh produce or meat in your kitchen, you’ll want to invest in a dedicated food vacuuming system.
Things for Living Room
The living room is the place where you relax, entertain and unwind after a long day. It’s important to have the right furniture in this space. Here are some of the things to consider adding to your living room:
Obviously, you need some furniture to turn your living room into a home. A sofa and two chairs will do for starters. You might also want to add a TV, coffee table, and side tables for extra functionality.
A Comfortable Sofa or Ottoman
A comfortable and stylish sofa is essential for any living room. Look for something with a solid frame, durable fabric or leather upholstery, and removable cushions that can be turned for even wear. A good sofa will last for years and can withstand whatever life throws at it; from spills to movie night snacks to late-night celebrations.
Ottoman: The last thing you want to do when you come home from work is kick off your shoes and sit on a cold wooden floor. An ottoman is a perfect place for resting your weary feet.
Ottomans come in many different shapes and sizes, so finding one that matches your décor should be fairly easy. You can also get creative and use one as a coffee table or storage bin.
A coffee table
The living room is a natural gathering spot, and a good coffee table will encourage people to come together and relax. If you don’t have much space in your living room, opt for a simple wooden or glass-topped coffee table with square legs. If you have more space, consider a two-tiered wooden or metal coffee table that offers more display surface space.
An Entertainment Center
The living room is where friends and family gather to watch TV and movies, so you’re going to need some storage for those electronics that make that happen, like a TV stand, media console or entertainment center.
A comfortable, well-designed bedroom is a must-have in any home. But what does a bedroom really need? More than you think! Let’s take a look at some bedroom essentials and explore the different ways you can maximize your space.
For some, the bedroom acts as a place where they can go to relax and forget about the stresses of the day. For others, it is an area that doubles as a workplace; thus, it needs to be designed with productivity in mind as well. Depending on your lifestyle, the organization may be essential when designing your bedroom.
Most drawers are only 12 inches deep which is fine for small items like socks and underwear, but not enough for larger items like sweaters or jeans. Deeper drawers can be expensive, so DIY fans can build their own with plywood and drawer slides. You can even add dividers to organize items within the drawer even further.
After you’ve got a nice comfortable bed, it’s time to think about what goes on top of it. Whether you prefer sheets or a duvet or something else entirely, make sure your bedding fits with both the season and your style. And if you’re moving into someplace in a warmer climate than where you lived before, remember that this might mean investing in light beddings.
An Air Mattress
If you’ve moved before, then you know how tempting it is to skip sleeping on an air mattress for a few nights in the name of efficiency. Moving is exhausting, so don’t let yourself be tempted. You’ll be tired enough as it is without having to sleep on an air mattress or bed frame that doesn’t have a comfortable mattress.
So make sure to invest in the most comfortable mattress possible, whether that means buying a brand-new one or just bring along your current one.
As new homeowners, one of the great joys that we have found is being able to invite family and friends over for meals and gatherings. We have been spending time in our yard and have had the opportunity to host many parties.
A Firepit Grill
One of the features that have really helped us with these gatherings is a firepit grill combo. This is a great way to cook a meal while you enjoy some time outside. It also is perfect for making smores. You can set it up almost anywhere, so you don’t need a large backyard or patio to enjoy this item.