Whether you’ve been living in your home for a while or you’ve just moved into it, you may have identified some things that you believe could be better. Maybe you can’t put a finger on the exact thing and want to find some inspiration. Here are some suggestions of upgrades you can make that your family will enjoy immensely.

The Bathrooms

With about 50% of homes in the United States constructed before 1980, yours may be one of them or may have been built a short while after that. If that’s the case, there’s a good chance that the bathrooms aren’t up to current standards. You can install new tiles and get rid of any grout issues that may have started up, or you could change the doors to newer ones that function well and look great. For an energy efficient upgrade, you can get a tankless water heater so that you make some energy savings while enjoying a modern shower experience. Depending on the ages of your children, you can make the bathroom a fun space for them by changing the color to bright and playful, but note that you may need to change this again when they grow up and possibly move out.

The Kitchen

Your home’s kitchen is another space that you may want to upgrade, especially if it’s been a while since you did so. Like the bathrooms, the finish may have aged and needs to be improved to fit a more modern style. You may also just want to make hosting family and friends easier and more fun. In this case, you may choose to increase the size of your kitchen by knocking down a wall or two as long as they serve no structural purpose. Doing this will inadvertently change the look of the rooms that the kitchen was separated from by the walls you demolish, so make sure that function and aesthetics will be preserved.

The Roofing

The roof plays a major role in your home and it can have a noticeable impact when upgraded. Not only would it enhance your curb appeal, but it would also ensure that your home is better protected from the extremes of weather. For instance, you may get a cooler roof if you live in a warm area and you will use up less energy to keep your home cool, and the opposite is also true. You could also add solar panels, whose cost on average, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, has dropped by over 60% while that of solar electric systems has dropped by over 50% since 2010. Since they’ve become more affordable but still offer several benefits, you will be giving your family a great upgrade.

The Floor

If your home’s floor is old and worn, you should consider upgrading it. If you upgrade to a wooden floor, it will help keep everyone indoors warmer and will also change the whole appearance of your home’s interior. There are other flooring options like vinyl and carpeting if you would like to explore alternative options. If you live in an especially cool climate, you could also benefit from installing a radiant heating system beneath the floor which will warm the entire house in a quieter and more energy-efficient way. You need not break the bank for this upgrade and rake up insane amounts of debt given the fact that the average American already has around $38,000 of debt with mortgages not included. If you feel that the floor doesn’t need a lot of work done, you can simply refinish it.

The four suggestions above should make it easier for you to decide on an upgrade to make in your home. They are all changes that will benefit every member of your family, making them completely worth it.

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