Home Updates that Will Make You Want to Keep Your House Instead of Sell It

Shannon Quinn - July 29, 2022
This house has a beautiful finished basement used as a living room. Credit: Shutterstock

13. Give Your Basement a Makeover

For those of you out there who are lucky enough to have a cement basement (instead of a dirt crawl space) that means you have the option of giving it a makeover. A lot of people use their basement as a second living room, game room, guest room, or even an apartment to rent for extra income. Adding this extra square footage to your home will also help to increase the value of your house, and it helps with resale if you decide to do that late.

A finished basement could be rented out and used as extra income. Credit: Shutterstock

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our post filled with basement makeover ideas. Basement Transformation Ideas That Will Inspire. The one and only catch to giving your basement a makeover is the cost. It’s not cheap, and will cost you a pretty penny. According to Bob Vila,  “The typical cost to finish a basement ranges from $2,800 to $33,985, with the national average at $18,395.” (via Bob Vila)

Any man would love this basement bar and arcade. Credit: Shutterstock

12. Build a Man Cave or a She Shed

Sometimes, all you need to feel happier in your home is a place to call your own. That’s why so many people will build a “man cave” or a “she shed”. This doesn’t have to literally be a shed in the backyard (though a lot of people have done this.) It could be a guest room transformed into a craft room. Or maybe your basement can be turned into a bar and gaming center for the guys.

This crafting room is perfect for women who love their hobbies. Credit: Shutterstock

Once you have a space to call your own, you can retreat there whenever you need a minute to be alone. In a lot of cases, once you have this space, you may not want to move away after all. Just keep in mind that if you do decide to sell your house later on, you might want to stage that room to look like an extra bedroom, because it does better for resale value. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

Go shopping for new faucets with your partner so that you both agree on the style. Credit: Shutterstock

11. Swap Out Faucets 

Similar to swapping out your knobs, getting new faucets will make a huge difference. Check out the faucets you currently have in your bathroom and kitchen. Do they have tiny rust spots? They’re so small, you might not notice with the naked eye. But even if it goes unnoticed on a daily basis, your guests will probably see it. And it gives you this subconscious vibe of disgust when you go to wash your hands.

A new faucet can bring a lot of style to your space. Credit: Shutterstock

The good news is that faucets are inexpensive, and easy to install by yourself, if you happen to like doing your own work. This can be a really cool opportunity to add a unique twist in a small way. Home Depot has a series of videos that will help teach you how to replace a faucet on your own. (via Home Depot)

A tiny house in your backyard is an ultimate dream list item. Credit: Shutterstock

10. Build a Tiny Guest House 

For those of you who own a house, you may be considering if you should sell it or not. But if you have a backyard, consider building a guest house to bring in some extra income. Yes, it costs a lot to build a guest house. But the investment may be worth it if you can make a profit on the rental income. Here at Home Addict, we already wrote a list including all of the reasons you may want to build a tiny house: 40 Reasons to Jump on the Tiny Living Train.

A tiny house can bring in extra income. Credit: Shutterstock

According to iBuyer, “You can determine your guest house value by subtracting your annual overhead costs from the annual rental income (if you’re planning to rent it out). Then, add your equity build and divide everything by your total building cost. The rental income you receive is your cash flow, which can make a guest house an ongoing lucrative venture.” (via Realtor)

Decorative trim can make a room look more luxurious compared to blank walls. Credit: Shutterstock

9. Install Wainscoting 

Similar to trim and molding, wainscoting tends to elevate a space, even when it’s an empty room. The difference is that wainscoting takes up half or the entire wall with wood trim. If you happen to be handy, you can install wainscoting yourself. There are many tutorials online that will help teach you how to do it on your own.

Wainscoting makes a room look very fancy, and it’s easier to install than you would imagine. Credit: Shutterstock

According to Home Advisor, “The price of wainscoting ranges from $7 to $40 per square foot, depending on the type of panel. Installation costs average $90 per hour or about $5.50 per square foot, including materials and labor.” (via Lowes)

Carve out a little nook for your home office space. Credit: Shutterstock

8. Create a Home Office Space

We now live in a world where a lot of people work remotely, or they have a hybrid work situation. If you haven’t already created a home office, then you might want to consider building one. It could be as simple as buying a small desk to fit into the corner of your bedroom. Or, you might want to convert your guest room into an entire office space. That really just depends on the amount of space you have available at your disposal.

Office space makes it possible to work from home. Credit: Shutterstock

Maybe you already have a home office, but you’re struggling with the day-to-day realities of working in it. Here at Home Addict, we’ve already created a post filled with advice on how to upgrade your home office space. Upgrade Your Home Office With These Simple DIYs.

Kitchen islands are some of the most sought-after dream items. Credit: Shutterstock

7. Buy a Kitchen Island 

If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, an island may be all you need. It gives you additional storage and seating space in one. And it looks so stylish and luxurious, it instantly elevates the look of a space. This is especially true if you install an island made with marble or any other stone top.

Marble kitchen islands look beautiful. Credit: Shutterstock

According to Nerd Wallet, “While adding an island to your existing kitchen design can be costly, the project is relatively inexpensive when compared with a full kitchen remodel. Kitchen islands cost an average of $3,000 to $5,000”. There are some people out there who have created their own kitchen islands for under $1,000. You just need to have some skills in woodworking. (via Nerd Wallet)

This sliding cabinet door gives extra kitchen storage. Credit: Shutterstock

6. Add More Kitchen Storage

Having a small kitchen is a deal breaker for a lot of people, especially if they love to cook. So it’s understandable if your kitchen is the reason why you want to move to a new house. We have already suggested giving your kitchen a total makeover, or buying a kitchen island. But both of those options cost thousands of dollars. A much cheaper option is to purchase additional storage. It’s possible to buy extra cabinets to hang in your kitchen that match the rest of what you already own.

This pantry shelf gives extra kitchen storage. Credit: Shutterstock

If you’re renting, you can’t install new cabinets or do major renovations. But you can still purchase storage like a rolling cart, or hang shelves on the walls. At the end of the day, good organization trumps having a larger kitchen space to put all of your stuff. So look for some organization tips for your kitchen, and you should be able to fit everything you need, even into a small space. (via Better Homes and Garden)

Statement pieces, like this artwork, help bring in your personality to your house. Credit: Shutterstock

5. Buy Statement Pieces 

Earlier on this list, we already suggested buying art, or even making a gallery wall. But there is something else you can do to elevate your space even further. Statement pieces are objects in your home that look artistic, even if they’re just everyday things. They really stand out and say a lot about your personality.

Collecting statement pieces builds a custom home over time. Credit: Shutterstock

Usually, your eyes will immediately go to a statement piece when you walk into a room. Think about a room with a huge, fancy chandelier or an unexpected statue sitting in the corner. Then, the eye will travel across the room from there. You really only need one statement piece per room, unless you’re a maximalist. (via Hadley Court)

Bring together your prized collections and put them on display. Credit: Shutterstock

4. Put Your Collections on Display

Do you have a big collection of things, but nowhere to put it? Having a lot of stuff can quickly turn into a hoarding situation if you’re not displaying everything on a shelf. Once it’s on display, it looks really tasteful, and can be a great way to personalize your space.

Consider buying cases for your special collections. Credit: Shutterstock

If you like to collect things, you might be interested in our list about some of the biggest collections in the world. The Most Unusual Collections that People Have Dedicated their Lives To. It’s filled with some of the most impressive Guinness World Record collections that you’ve ever seen. 

Swing set playhouses like this will cost thousands of dollars. Credit: Shutterstock

3. Buy a Playhouse or Swing Set For the Kids

If you’re thinking about moving to give your kids a better place to grow up, that’s completely understandable. But if you have a backyard, one of the things you can do to make it immediately better is to buy them a playhouse or a swing set. If you want to buy a swing set, expect to pay between $1,000 to $2,000. But a small play house will only cost around $200 to $300.

Adorable backyard playhouses like this can add value to your home. Credit: Shutterstock

Here at Home Addict, we made a list about Outrageously Expensive Luxury Playhouses. Check that out to see what millionaires do for their kids. Maybe you can’t copy exactly what they did, but it’s still shocking and sort of inspirational.

Installing ceiling fans can add a lot of practical and aesthetic value to your home. Credit: Shutterstock

2. Install Ceiling Fans

Sometimes, if you get sick of your living space, it could have to do with the airflow of the room. Installing ceiling fans will help with circulating the air, and it can even cut down on heating and cooling costs. Most ceiling fans cost between $150 to $200 apiece. 

Fancy ceiling fans like this look like a piece of art. Credit: Shutterstock

According to The Spruce, ceiling fans also add to a home’s value. “Ceiling fans make a great addition to any home. Adding a ceiling fan to a room can add both beauty and comfort to a room. They give a room character and its own source of air movement. Ceiling fans come in a wide range of prices depending on the size, style, and ​quality of ceiling fan. Adding ceiling fans to rooms like bedrooms, the living room, or family room will add value to your home immediately.” (via The Spruce)

Repairs should be made to your HVAC system at least once a year. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Upgrade Heating or AC

Something that a lot of homeowners let slide is getting their HVAC serviced regularly. They’re supposed to have it repaired at least once a year. And according to Energy Air, “The Department of Energy recommends homeowners replace their HVAC system every 10 to 15 years. Modern air conditioners are durable, but their major components will begin to deteriorate after around ten years depending on how often you use and maintain them.”

Air conditioners need to be cleaned once a year. Credit: Shutterstock

“According to HomeAdvisor, full HVAC unit replacement costs range from $5,000 to $10,000, with the national average at $7,000. This comes out to about $25 to $60 per square foot. Prices depend on the size and brand of the HVAC system, the size of the house, ductwork length, and the new unit’s efficiency rating.” (via Bob Vila)