A person’s home is their haven. It’s their sanctity in a storm and their retreat from the hubbub and chaos of everyday life. So, it goes without saying that you should want to make your home as comforting and comfortable as possible. But for many, having shelled out to buy a house, the scope for changes and improvements are a long way off. Buying a home is expensive business, and in many cases, making the changes that you want in order to get your space to the levels of comfort you desire is expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of cheap and smart hacks that will bring great value without crippling you in the pocket. Here are a few ideas.
A comfortable ambient temperature is very important for comfort. Too hot and stuffy is a terrible state, and while too cold can be remedied with warm clothing, nobody really wants to walk around indoors wrapped up with scarves and mittens. So, finding ways to control the temperature are important. The days of giant, electricity sucking air-conditioners are a thing of the past. Now you can go online and search for something like, ‘evaporative cooling installation Melbourne‘ and you will be on your way to a modern solution that won’t cost a fortune. Double-glazed windows is another simple way to keep heat out or warmth in, depending on the time of year.
Gardens require a degree of hard work, but they are not very expensive to grow. Sure, you will need to invest in some plants, but plants are a whole lot cheaper than furniture, alterations or major appliances. Also, if planting, make sure that you plant hardy, endemic species that do not need to be replanted every year. In this regard trees and shrubs are what you should be looking at. They grow large and stately, they provide volume and shade and they will attract birds to your garden.
It is amazing the difference that a coat of paint can make. It goes without saying that doing the whole house is very expensive. But the odd feature wall in key places can give a house a whole new look – especially if the wall that you pick for a splash of colour is one that is looking a bit tatty and in need of some attention. It is a really quick job as well. Prepare the wall by washing it and filling any holes. Then apply a couple of coats of nice bright colour and you are sorted. At best it is an afternoon’s worth of work, at worst a weekend. The results are instant.
Make sure that you feel secure in your home. You don’t need to turn it into a prison but if it is to be your refuge or retreat then it needs to be a place where you feel comfortable all the time. Old-school burglar bars are fine, but more modern, and highly effective, systems like motion sensing perimeter beams are maybe a better way to go. They will give you scope to move around freely but alert you (and your response company) instantly in the event that somebody tries to enter the property without authorization.