Home is where the heart is, so show your home some love this Valentine’s Day; whether that means some upgrades, small changes that pack a punch, or giving your home a major facelift, let your home feel the love!
We all need a little splurge now and then and our homes are no different. No matter how well we take care of them, our things can become dated or worn over time. Is there something in your home that could use an upgrade, your avocado green stove or a grease covered back splash?
The right splurge will enhance the value of your home. Replacing that green stove with a stainless steel one or adding a colorful new back splash not only increases your enjoyment of your home, they will increase the selling price too.
It’s the Little Things
The big things that need improving in our home get plenty of attention. If you don’t take care of a leaking roof, it might cave in. But we tend to ignore the little things. Those little things can make a big difference though. Updates like a fresh coat of paint for your entryway, some new landscaping, a fun accent wall, updated hardware, or new light fixtures are relatively small changes but can give your home a fresh, updated feel and incrementally improve it’s value.
And best of all, these often neglected changes don’t take much time or money. Many of them can be done in single afternoon, yet can have a lasting impact. These personal touches what turn your house into your home — a big pay off for relatively little effort.
What does refinancing have to do with loving your home? Well, some might call it a reaffirmation of your commitment to home ownership. But apart from the potential sentimentality, savvy homeowners know that a refinance can be a great investment.
Imagine you refinance and get one percent off your original interest rate. Now, one percent doesn’t sound like much if you’re talking about a raise, but when it comes to interest rates, a one percent difference is enormous! If you bought a home for $300,000 with 20% down and a fixed rate 30 year mortgage at 4.5% versus 5.5%, you would save $52,794 in interest!
That kind of difference is why you want to consider refinancing your current mortgage. Wondering how you were going to fund your dream kitchen remodel? A refinance can also free up money for home renovations. Renovations can not only make your home more valuable, they can help make it feel more your own by allowing you to put your personal stamp on it.
Show it Off
The best way to show your love for your home is to share it with others. Lots of couples think the holiday is corny and lots of single people feel left out. So why not throw an open house and bring everyone together at your place?
Give the place a good top to bottom cleaning, fill it with flowers and candles and friends and fun. You love your home, show it off! Sharing your home with others can give you a fresh perspective. Sure you have a great patio with comfy furniture and a great view. But spending time enjoying those features with the people we love can make us fall in love with our homes all over again.
Home is Where the Heart Is
Like most things and people we love, our homes don’t have to be perfect but it’s nice to find an excuse to spoil the things we love sometimes. This Valentine’s Day, make your home your Valentine.