8 Cost-Effective Home Improvements for the New Year
Posted By Advanced Plumbing Drains & Heating
New year, new you. Overhauling your life is never easy; however, sometimes the smallest changes can have the biggest impact. This is just as true when it comes to home improvements. You don’t have to embark on a complicated, expensive, and time-consuming renovation project to improve your quality of life.
Instead, opt for these eight high impact, simple, and cost-effective home improvements to start the new year right:
1. Upgrade to a new showerhead
Looking for a simple upgrade with a high impact? Swap out your existing showerhead and revolutionize your morning. With a multi-function showerhead, your showering experience will instantly be improved. Depending on your mood, you can tweak the water flow, use the handheld sprayer or overhead shower head, and adjust the sprayer height with a sliding bar. It’s a completely customizable showering experience for a very low cost.
Additionally, new shower heads are significantly more water efficient. Not only is this better for the environment, but it lowers your monthly utility costs.
2. Add an under-sink water filter
An at-home water filtration system is the best way to get high-quality, clean, and refreshing water on demand. Bottled water is terrible for the environment and expensive over time, whereas water filters are eco-friendly and affordable. Plus, you will never run out of pure, great-tasting water.
Of course, you can use a filter on the faucet or purchase a filtration kit, but these options can clutter your sink and countertops. That’s why we recommend an under-sink water filter. It’s tucked under the sink, so it won’t take up valuable space.
Installing a water filter system can be a fairly straightforward task if you’re handy. However, it’s best not to take any risks. A poorly installed water filter can lead to leaks and expensive water damage. Thus, it’s best to hire a professional plumber.
3. Install water sensors
Placing water sensors in your home’s basement is inexpensive, but can save you thousands of dollars in potential water damage. Unfortunately, basement leaks are all too common. When they happen, they can cause immense damage to your property, not to mention the destruction of personal items. Therefore, it’s crucial to catch leaks early before your entire basement is ruined.
Water sensors help prevent significant and costly water damage by detecting leaks quickly. It’s a good idea to install them near water heaters and washing machines.
4. Get a toilet seat with dampers
Are you tired of hearing the toilet seat slam shut? It can be an unpleasant, loud, and jarring sound. However, it’s also easy to prevent. Simply get a new toilet seat, either one with dampers or a model that’s designed to close softly. Both are easy to install. Your ears will thank you.
5. Replace the bathroom vent fan
Mould is a big problem, particularly in bathrooms, due to the large amounts of moisture. If you have noticed mould growing in your shower, your bathroom likely has a ventilation issue. (Another clue is if your mirror is constantly foggy.)
If your bathroom doesn’t have a vent fan, you need to install one. If mould and constant fog are becoming an issue despite your constantly rumbling bathroom fan, it’s probably time to replace the fan.
6. Opt for an exhaust fan timer
Since you’re already replacing your existing bathroom fan, consider installing a timer switch as well. Exhaust fans must be left running after the shower is turned off to effectively remove moisture from the air, thus preventing mould growth. However, it’s easy to forget to turn the fan off after your shower. A timer switch is a simple fix to this problem.
7. Hang a new shower curtain
A new shower curtain could be just the facelift that your bathroom needs. Mixing up a room’s accessories is a simple, affordable, and highly effective way to breathe new life into a stale and uninspiring space. Shower curtains, in particular, can look worn down and drab fairly quickly. Out with the old, and in with the new.
8. Improve cabinet storage
Not having enough storage is one of the biggest headaches for homeowners. Sometimes, adding more storage just isn’t possible. In that case, you need to optimize what storage you already have. This may require some creative problem-solving.
One tip for making your storage spaces more efficient is to add pullout shelves to deep cabinets. This keeps items tidy, viewable, and easy to access. It also helps you utilize all the space available to you. Additionally, you can use baskets and bins, or add a medicine cabinet above the bathroom sink.
Upgrading Your Plumbing? Call a Professional Plumbing Company
Plumbing is one of those things best left to the professionals. The reason is that a plumbing mistake can lead to devastating and expensive water damage. It’s just not worth the risk.
If you’re looking to make any changes to your home’s plumbing system (or if you need drain repair), you need to contact a reputable plumbing company like Advanced Plumbing. To book an appointment, call us today at 866-863-9539 or contact us here.