Home Improvement Checklist: What to Tackle Before 2024 to Refresh Your Home for the New Year

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With the New Year less than a month away, it’s time to consider giving your home a refreshing makeover to welcome 2024 in style. But if you have a long list of tasks on your wish list, how do you decide which ones to tackle first? Don’t worry! We have you covered. 

From simple touch-ups to more significant renovations, preparing a comprehensive checklist will help you prioritise tasks and categorise them to help you transform your living spaces and make them more beautiful and functional. Our advice is to list everything and then prioritise tasks according to their urgency and your budget. These tips will help you get started.

Start with the exterior

Enhancements to the exterior of your home do more than improve its curb appeal. It sets the tone for what lies inside. Whether revamping your landscape with seasonal plants, adding a fresh coat of paint to your home's façade, or upgrading the front door’s accessories, even minor repairs can make a significant impact.  

Interior renovations

Since a full-scale renovation will likely take months, upgrading a few areas inside the house can refresh its looks. Kitchens and bathrooms get worn out the most, so prioritising them will improve the aesthetics and functionality of the interiors.

• Kitchen upgrades 

Refreshing your kitchen needn’t necessarily involve a complete overhaul. Repainting the cabinets or refacing the shutters can give the space a new look. Upgrading appliances to more modern, energy-efficient ones can enhance the aesthetics and functionality of the kitchen. If time and budget permit, consider changing countertops or adding a new backsplash to transform the kitchen's appearance. For a quick makeover, replace the old lamps with sleek modern shades or pendants.

• Bathroom revamp 

Revitalise the bathroom ambience by re-grouting tiles and sealing any gaps. Swapping out fixtures like faucets or showerheads can instantly modernise the space. Consider replacing the vanity or adding a new mirror as a focal point for a quicker update.

Functional improvements

• Décor refresh

In the living room and bedrooms, consider painting the wall a new colour to refresh the space. Alternatively, change the upholstery, curtains, rugs, and wall art for a quick transformation if your budget permits, swap out the old furniture with new pieces or replace the old flooring with modern options such as click-and-lock tiles that can be installed in one day.

Functional improvements

• Energy efficiency

With sustainability gaining momentum worldwide, energy efficiency is worth considering for giving your home a functional upgrade. Checking the insulation and HVAC system's performance can improve your home’s energy efficiency. It’s also the perfect time to explore smart home upgrades, such as installing energy-saving devices to reduce energy consumption.

• Organisation and storage 

Sometimes, all it takes is some decluttering to make a fresh start to the year. Organise and remove items you no longer need. Optimise storage spaces with creative solutions and consider seasonal rotations for items that aren't used regularly.

Technological upgrades

• Home Security 

Installing smart locks or security systems can improve home security. Adding adequate outdoor lighting with motion sensors to deter intruders is a simpler option to upgrade security.

• Entertainment upgrade

Consider integrating smart devices into your home entertainment system to enhance the experience and add convenience and comfort to your television area.  

Once you list the home improvements you want to implement before 2024, you will know what’s feasible within the earmarked budget and a month. Don’t worry if you can’t get everything done. Focus on quick and inexpensive makeovers to instantly improve your home’s aesthetics and comfort. You can save the list and work towards crossing off all the tasks during the year or save the more complicated tasks for another time.

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