Love It or Leave It

Falling in love has happened to most of us at least once. You find that One, the One that makes your heart sing. After a short courtship, things are getting Real. Commitment has never felt more right, so you sign the papers, and get the keys to your new...home. That’s right—this is about houses after all!

Romance is everywhere all the time, from crushes on celebrities to spotting your soulmate house. And just like romantic entanglements, after the honeymoon phase has worn off, you may have found that your relationship has lost its spark. 

Decisions must be made: do you work to find a way to fall back in love with your home, or do you list it and move on to greener pastures?

Before we overdo our metaphor and blur the lines between relationship advice and how to handle homeownership too much, we’re going to throw some ideas your way that might improve how you feel about your home. If these don’t help, well, then you’ve glammed up your property and now it’s ready for the market! 

Freshen Up Your Space

There are many quick, simple, and inexpensive ways to update a space. Begin by cleaning with a purpose. In other words, declutter and organize, one room at a time. 

Next, rearrange your furniture and artwork. Feeling creative? Looking for a little extra personality? Try buying new artwork, throw pillows, or a couch or chair cover. 

Finally, change things up with a fresh coat of paint. You’ll be surprised by how satisfied you feel with the results.

Lighten the Mood

Take advantage of your windows. Not only does natural sunlight cut down energy costs, when combined with lighter paint colors, it can make a space look larger. 

If you’re not getting enough natural light in your home, there are a few inexpensive things you can do to increase what you do have. Replace dark, heavy curtains with light window treatments. You’ll notice this will let in more sun and instantly brighten things up. 

Double check that your curtains are hung in a manner that allows them to open all the way to the edge of the window, revealing the entire opening. This, too, makes a room feel larger and increases the sunlight pouring in. 

Add more reflective surfaces like mirrors or acrylic accent pieces, this can help bounce brilliance around a room, providing more natural illumination.

Bigger, Better Upgrades

Some upgrades can be done without costing a fortune and have a high return on investment. Installing a new garage door is a simple upgrade, and you’ll likely recoup the majority, if not all, of what you put into it. 

The entryway door is how your home makes a first impression. Replacing this—especially if you switch out a regular wooden door for a steel one—is a great technique for quickly adding value to your property. Plus it looks great!

Now, what about an actual remodel? Remodeling a kitchen is a standard go-to for best-loved updates and generally costs about $20,000. If that's a little steep, keep in mind that small improvements—replacing the flooring or updating cabinets—are also decent DIY-hacks that can add visual appeal to tired and dated appearances.

If you’ve attempted one or several of the items listed in this article and it rekindled your love for your home, that’s fantastic news! We love it when things work out. 

If your feelings haven’t changed, it might be time to start your search for your dream home. Start by viewing properties online. Make lists of the things you like and things that are deal-breakers. Provide that information to your real estate agent when you’re ready to get serious about your search. 

Once you find that special place, we’ll be here to help with financing.


At Academy Mortgage, we create life-changing experiences through lending. CONTACT US today to explore your financing options.