Modernizing Your Home

Reader Contribution by David Glenn
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Old homes are the best. There are so many memories contained inside the walls, the folds of the curtains, and the scratches and cracks in the floor. However, while you want your house to have character, there are certain times when “old” is definitely not a good thing. And, luckily, there are a lot of great ways to bring your home into the 21st century without having to sacrifice anything in terms of style or personality. To help you get the ideas flowing, here are five ways in which you can tastefully give your home a modern upgrade.

Install a Home Theater

One of the most popular home improvement projects in recent years is the addition of a home theater. And you can see the appeal—all the benefits of a regular movie theater, such as a big screen, good sound, and high definition, but with none of the drawbacks, such as noisy people, uncomfortable seating, and expensive tickets. A home theater was once a luxury reserved only for the richest of the rich, but there is now much more variety when it comes to equipment, and you can get relatively affordable projectors and sound systems quite easily.

Upgrade Your Home Security

One of the biggest problems that older houses have is that they are far less secure than modern ones. This makes them obvious targets for burglars looking to make some quick money. Home security systems are now incredibly advanced, allowing you to fit them into your decor easily, and come with cool features that allow you to control your security with your phone, and even view surveillance footage on it. The least that any modern home should have is a good alarm system and a network of security cameras. In addition, home automation and security systems can boost your home’s equity and become a much better investment than you probably originally thought.

Be More Energy-Efficient

Old homes are also a lot less energy efficient, and this can really hurt your wallet as well as the environment. There are a few ways in which you can make your home more energy efficient. The first thing to do is check the insulation and make sure that you put a stop to any air leaks. Then you can install a smart thermostat. This will cut out the energy that might be wasted on overheating your house and save you a lot of money each month. To go one step further with your upgrade, look into solar power.

Solar companies are becoming more and more popular which means that you will have the advantages of researching the biggest, the best, or even the fastest growing and decide from there. With the market becoming saturated, the prices will be competitive and much lower. Reviews for companies like Vivint, Suncorp, and others have made your decision making even easier

Makeover Your Decor

Modernizing your home might involve nothing more than a makeover of the decor. It might be a big project, such as having new carpets laid, but it could just be something simple such as new curtains, a new paint job, or a new collection of artwork or pictures for a certain room.

Total Home Automation

If you really want to bring your home into the 21st century, you could find a way to feature in all of the above ideas and give your home a complete technology makeover. With a home security system, home theater, smart heating system, and added lighting control, you can control just about every aspect of your home with your smartphone. Who could resist that prospect?