Home improvement reality TV shows hold a certain charisma that makes viewers, homeowners or not, hooked. It opens up the door to the world of home renovation that many of us haven’t experienced yet but many already lived through. Those who already did home improvements themselves can relate to the struggles of renovating a fixer-upper home. Those who are not yet homeowners would imagine what it’s like improving their own house.
We may only be watching a glimpse of what happens behind gorgeous renovations. But we can already learn many things one can use when the time comes to renovate your own home. Here are some worth lessons we can get from some famous home improvement shows on TV.
Go for timeless, Long-Lasting Designs
One renovation lesson we can learn from Drew and Jonathan of Property Brothers is to stick to timeless choices. Home design that can stand the test of time will always look timeless and will never look outdated. They also advocate for appropriate planning for every room you renovate for the best results.
For instance, when it comes to your home’s flooring, you want to stick to flooring choices that will best suit the kind of room you are working on. For instance, waterproof flooring is best for moisture magnet areas like the basement, bathrooms, and kitchen area. But for your bedrooms, especially the nursery room or your kid’s bedroom, you want soft floors that are easy to maintain.
If you are on a budget, you can opt to have your vinyl plank flooring repaired instead of replacing it. But if you have the budget to replace old floors, choose one that is easy to maintain. The last thing you need is another floor replacement after merely a few years.
Don’t Spend Too Much if You Don’t Have a Big Budget
The hosts of Fixer Upper, Chip, and Joanna Gaines started out with a small budget. Instead of getting demotivated and seeking a loan just to pay for the renovation, they turned to simple fixes that make the biggest impact. This includes painting the house.
A fresh coat of paint is easily noticeable. Paint the front door and roof and you can quickly boost the property’s curb appeal. The bedroom is a good place to start if you want to be bolder in terms of your color selection.
This goes to show that you don’t necessarily need to spend much just to make big improvements to a property. This is especially true if you don’t have much money to spend. Stick to your budget and find ways to make it work without sacrificing the quality of the renovation.
Find Ways to Brighten Up the Room
Nothing can make a house look livelier than letting more light inside the house. It does not even matter if the house is old or if the space is small. There are certain improvements you can do to let more brighten up every room.
For one, take advantage of natural light. Sunlight is free, abundant, and healthy. You and your family will benefit from the extra sunshine by opening up your windows or keeping these free of coverings. For darker rooms, you can opt for lighter flooring options instead.
Take the advice of Christina and Tarek El Moussa from the TV series Flip or Flop. They often go for home improvements that will flood properties with light. If you are worried about the energy bill, invest in LED lights and you are good to go.
Learn to Let Go of Unnecessary Possessions
Queer Eye is an award-winning reality TV series that thought us the importance of saying goodbye to your possessions you no longer need. This can include your old collections, memorabilia, and other sentimental stuff. Their way of enhancing the living space and your life in one go.
When you let go of possessions that are unnecessary to your daily living, you are giving yourself more living space to enjoy. You learn to say goodbye to material things that do nothing but cloud your thoughts and add stress to your daily life. This can be your first step with any renovation so you will more space to work on your project.
Donate the stuff you no longer want or sell the items you no longer need. Ask family members and check if there are any takers of sentimental items in your possession. If you really can’t part with your possessions just yet, make sure to stack them away from plain sight, like in organized boxes on your attic or a paid storage unit in the area.
Renovating can be tricky, costly, and mentally draining. There are lots of preparations involved and many issues can arise as well. But the are things you can do to make it lighter on your part. For starters, you can use this list as a simple guide and learn from your favorite home makeover series when improving your home.