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Tips for Sprucing Up Your Vacation Home

Are you looking to spruce up your vacation home with a minimum amount of hassle? Maybe you are not in the mood for a full house renovation, but you are in the market for adding a few touches that will make your home sparkle.

Making your home sparkle can seem overwhelming at first but it is definitely possible. All you have to do is decide exactly what you want to do. You probably have a few ideas already, but here are a few more that will help get your project started.

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Spruce Up the Living Room

One of the first areas that you should tackle is the living room. It is the room where you and your family and guests will probably spend the most amount of time.  One of the easiest ways to spruce up this area is to rearrange the furniture. 

Take a look at the angles of your sofas. Are they the best angle to see the television? 

You could rearrange furniture so that you have more space around your coffee table. The changes that you make should be dependent on the size of the room and how much furniture you have.

Add Plants to Your Decor

One of the easiest things that will update the look of your home is the addition of flowers.  Adding flowers to your decor is a great way to bring nature inside.

Find areas where you can add flowers easily. You can place some strategically in the corners of the room. Flowers can be hung in most rooms and you don’t just have to stick with traditional potted plants. 

You can hang plants from ceilings as well. This can work in bedrooms and other rooms in your home too. 

Add or Change Wallpaper

An easy way to spruce up your home really quickly is to change the wallpaper in the rooms. You can also add new wallpaper to the rooms. 

You can use wallpaper to create an accent wall in any room. With a range of designs available, you are sure to find something that is eye-catching and fits in with your decor. You can look at some of the current selections of wallpaper by going online.

Paint the Rooms

Nothing breathes new life into a room like a brand new paint job. Painting your home is something you can do as a DIY project. You do not even need to call in a professional to get the job done.

Even if you have never painted before you should try watching videos on the subject since it is easy to learn. You will save yourself a lot of money if you do not have to hire a professional to come in and do the work for you. Asking your family and friends to help you will make the work easier for you.

Shift Up the Decor

While buying furnishings for your home is one of the best ways to make a vacation home look brand new. You can also move furniture to different areas of the home.

Moving furniture from one room to another is a great way to enhance the look of your home. You may be surprised how one piece of furniture that was always in the living room will look great in a bedroom or somewhere else.

As you move the furniture examine them. Do they need painting, staining, or a good scrubbing? If they do then go ahead and see what you can do to make them sparkle again.

Improve Storage Areas

An easy way to spruce up your vacation home is to improve the storage space. When you or any of your guests visit the home it should be as clutter-free as possible. 

One easy way to do this is to look for areas in the home where you can easily create storage space. The first thing you should do is take a look at the storage space that you already have.

If there is anything you need to clear out then you should go ahead and do that. Get four different boxes for clearing out your storage. Label the boxes, keep, donate, relocate, and trash. 

As you go through different items that are already in your storage spaces you can add them to the relevant box. This will make it easier for you to sort through the clutter. 

Improve Your Kitchen

One of the best places in your home to upgrade is your kitchen. You cannot go wrong with this type of renovation.  

In real estate when people are buying homes a lot of realtors will tell you that they make a beeline for the kitchen. The same is true for vacation rentals. 

If you decide to rent your vacation home, people will love the fact that you have a beautiful kitchen that makes them feel like preparing delicious meals.

This type of upgrade can also give your home a higher value should you ever decide to sell it. You can improve your kitchen by adding new cupboards, fixtures, storage space, expanding your pantry, or changing out some of your older appliances.

Changing out your appliances doesnโ€™t have to be expensive, you can buy gently used ones if you are on a budget. Often people discard appliances not because they are no longer working but because they have upgraded to a newer model. 

If you can get appliances like this then you can save yourself thousands of dollars and still get a good appliance that is likely to last you several years.

With all the options you have for a kitchen upgrade you should take a look at your kitchen and if it is not up to par then start making plans on how you can begin to quickly renovate it. 

Expand or Add a Deck

Just like a kitchen increases the value of your home, so will adding a deck. The length of the deck is dependent on the size of the vacation home. 

If you already have a deck you should consider renovating it. Adding a  deck will increase the square footage of your home, and this is how the value of your home can increase. When deciding on decking materials you should make the decision based on the climate in which the home is surrounded.

Wood decking is the most popular form of decking on the market. However, you may find that your wood decking does not last as long if you have your vacation home in a place that is very humid. 

The best solution, in this case, may be composite decking. Composite decking will withstand heavy rainfall, snow, and other types of inclement weather a lot better than a wooden deck.

Improve Your Lighting

Improving the lighting in and around your home is one of the best ways to create a different ambiance quickly. If you’re finding that the lighting is too harsh then it is easy to change things up by changing fixtures and bulbs.

Take a look at what is out there in terms of modern lighting.  You can buy lighting that is softer so that you can get good light at night. 

They’re also smart bulbs available that you can use to dim lights automatically using an app on your phone. You can also change the color of the lights in different rooms when you use smart bulbs.

Update Doors and Windows 

Updating your doors and windows is one of the easiest and best ways in which you can bring a fresh look to any home. You can either paint your doors or change them completely to a different style and look.

 A good place to start is your front door. This will improve the overall curb appeal of any vacation home.  People respond to what they see and the better your home looks from the outside the more likely it is that you will be able to rent it quickly.

Upgrading your windows with special tinting and insulation is another great way of adding something extra to your decor. If your vacation home is overlooking the sea and there are a lot of birds, you can get windows that shut out the sound of the ocean, birds, and any other kind of noise that may be coming from the outdoors.

Start Upgrading

As you can see it is not that difficult to upgrade and renovate your vacation home. There are a lot of affordable ways in which you can spruce up a vacation home to make it feel more comfortable for you and your guests. 

The great thing about sprucing up is that you don’t have to break the bank to do it. Some of the projects you can do by yourself and for others, you can get family and friends to assist you. 

Krystal | Sunny Sweet Days
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