Making some home improvements can have a positive impact on your quality of life. Ideally, your home is where you are most comfortable. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes your home has the opposite effect. This is especially the case if your home is in need of some TLC or upgrades. So what are some home improvements you can do to boost your quality of life?
A Stronger Roof
Having a strong roof on your Florida home is important for keeping your home safe and in good condition, as well as for your peace of mind. A stronger roof provides better protection for you and your property from storms and wind. To ensure your roof is strong and in good condition, consider having it inspected. If you have your roof inspected and you have less than three years of life left in it, you may need to have it replaced to maintain your insurance. How long your roof lasts will depend partially on the material it’s made from, how well you maintain it, and what part of Florida you live in.
A good HVAC system is critical to staying comfortable in both the summer and winter in Florida. Contrary to what many outside of Florida might think, it does actually get cold in the winter in some parts. The humidity Florida is known for tends to make temperatures feel more extreme than they really are, so having your HVAC system running properly is important. It can be difficult to feel like doing much of anything if your home is either too hot or too cold, and aside from that, it’s also miserable. People have their preferences, and it can be dependent on both season and the room in the house, but generally most people find they are most comfortable in a house around 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
More Natural Light
Adding more natural light to your home can do great things for your mental wellbeing. You can do this by adding windows, repurposing a room into a sunroom, or adding a skylight to your home. Natural light boosts your vitamin D levels, which are important to your health. It also helps prevent seasonal depression and can help you sleep better. You may find that increasing your exposure to natural light helps you be more productive too. Plus, you won’t have to turn your lights on during the day as much, which can reduce your energy bill. You may find that the potential decrease in your bill helps reduce some of your stress too.
Speaking of getting more natural light, adding a deck to your home can be another great way to catch more rays. Decks have a lot of benefits for your property values and your quality of life. You can relax outside on your deck, practice yoga or meditate, take a nap, or just spend some time outside observing nature. A deck can be a great place to hang out with other people as well. You can enjoy the chance to talk and bond with family, or make it a more social gathering with friends. It can be a great place to host a gathering and maybe even hold a BBQ.
Additional Storage Space
Having enough space in your home to not feel like you should be starring in an episode of Hoarders is seriously important for your sanity. Excessive clutter and messy conditions mess with your mind and can leave you feeling stressed and frustrated. Adding additional storage space to your home can be a great way to address this problem. This could take the form of adding a new room to the house, adding a storage shed, or building a garage for your belongings. And since the storage space is on your own property you won’t have to deal with the hassle of renting a storage unit or making special trips to get your holiday decorations.
A Home Security System
Few things can improve your quality of life like peace of mind can. Because of that, adding a home security system can do amazing things for your mental state. 83 percent of burglars say that if they notice visible signs of a security system they’ll leave that home alone. Home security systems make enough of an impact that some homeowners insurance companies will discount your insurance if you have a system. That kind of makes security systems a two-for-one when it comes to improving your quality of life – you gain added peace of mind and decrease one of your expenses.
On a similar note, home automation technology and equipment can also do some great things for improving your quality of life. The whole purpose of home automation is to make your life easier, and it might even save you money. Consider the smart thermostat, for example. You can control the temperature of your house from anywhere by using an app on your smartphone. You can program it to adjust the temperature when you’re home, when you’re away, during the day, and during the night. This helps you stay comfortable and it’s convenient. It also gives you a chance to save around 23 percent on your annual energy bill costs. Smart doorbells are another good example. When equipped with a camera, you can see who’s at your door without having to go to it. You can even talk to them in some cases, which is also great if you aren’t in a position to answer immediately.
Energy upgrades also aim to improve your quality of life by easing the strain on your pocketbook. You can do things like changing your light bulbs to LED bulbs which last longer and are more energy efficient, upgrading your appliances to energy efficient appliances, and adding solar panels to your roof. All of these steps reduce your energy consumption. When added together you could be looking at some pretty significant cost savings. That extra money you’ve saved can then be put to use in other ways, whether it’s used to pay other bills, have some fun, or be saved in your bank account.
If you have noticed that your quality of life at home just isn’t what you want it to be, it might be time to make some improvements. Home improvements should increase the level of comfort and satisfaction you experience when being at home. You may even find that your mental health improves too.
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