A lot can happen in four years. Your family can grow another member. Your child might leave to go off to college or graduate high school. Meanwhile, during these four-year increments while most of us are tangled up in the everyday adventures of life, Olympians all over the world are training to become the best. Now their time has come to perform in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
While a lot can happen in four years in your personal lives, your house maintains its own life and condition. Like an Olympian, your house deserves to be in tip-top shape as well. Some of you have committed long hours to DIY home improvement projects, other have paid contractors to remodel their home for them. Some have moved entirely into a new home or have kept it the same.
This Olympic season, look back to where you were four years ago. Have you grown as a person or a family? Has your home improved as well?
If you’re not happy with the changes, it’s not too late to start training for the next Olympics. Below are a few tips and changes that can make a huge difference.
Just like changes in the skill level of Olympians each period, home styles change every four years as well. Whether it’s changes in popular appliances, kitchen styles, home efficiency or simple designs in furniture and flooring, it can be difficult to stay up with the trends. That’s why it’s important when remodeling or building a custom home, it’s best to stay true to your lifestyle. Work with a home remodeler or contractor who knows the current trends that will stand the test of time, but who will also work with your own style and needs.
Wearing shoes throughout your home can start to cause a lot of damage in four years and ruin your floors over time. Heels and hard shoes are abrasive on wooden floors and can permanently scratch the surface. Your shoes track in dirt and outside debris that can dirty your house over time, as well as pollute the air you breath in (especially during the winter months when salts are placed on the roads). Not to mention, think of everywhere you went each day for the past four years. Public restrooms? Yes. The dog park? Maybe. Keep it safe and leave the shoes in a basket in the garage. Your house will be cleaner and safer in time for next year’s Olympics.
A home remodel can increase the value of your home over time. If your home currently feels or looks outdated, much can be improved in four years to make your home ready to sell at a much higher price. Adding a front porch or a fresh exterior paint job can improve curb appeal and make all the difference if you’re expecting a move in the near future. A remodeled kitchen can improve your overall look and feel of your home. If you’re looking to get more out of your home, it might be a good time to get it ready to sell in time for next year’s Olympics.
As we improve as a society, the need to become more energy efficient gets clearer each day. Olympians train to do more with less each year. They train their bodies to be efficient in what they do in order to avoid exhausted energy, yet still achieve the gold. Your home can benefit as well by doing more with less energy. Energy efficient homes reap tons of benefits over the course of four years, from saving you money and enhancing the quality of life to improving the environment overall. Buying energy-efficient appliances, making energy efficient home improvements and taking energy-efficient actions can save you hundreds of dollars each year. In addition, energy efficiency can improve the economy. Overall, energy efficient homes are saving the government, its citizens and businesses more than $500 billion a year in avoided energy costs. In four years, just imagine what your home can do for the economy, your wallet and the environment as a whole.
While you’re enjoying the Summer Olympics this year, take some time to reflect on the past four years. Have you been training to become a better family member, friend, employee, boss or person in general? Has your home been keeping up with the times? Is there room for improvement? If so, take these next four years to train just like an Olympian would. Make your home the best it can be for your family, your wallet and the environment. Contact Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling to get started on your gold-worthy home today!