Top 5 Affordable New Home Upgrades for the New Year

Create Long-Lasting Value By Making These Improvements To Your New Home

The old adage of “New Year/New You” comes about like clockwork each and every year—often leading people to make resolutions to better themselves in some form or another. But what about your new home? Why not embrace the idea of “New Year/New Home Upgrades” instead?

The idea of improving your home in some fashion isn’t a far-fetched resolution either. There are a variety of new home upgrades a homeowner can make that will not only enhance their comfort, but also increase the value of their property. And the good news is that many of these upgrades aren’t extraordinarily expensive, and in some cases involve a DIY mentality.

The following are the top 5 new home upgrades you can consider in the New Year:

  1. Mudroom / Year-Round Space
    A mudroom, makes for a great transition from the outside to the inside of a home. Creating a mudroom, whether it involves heavy or light construction, is a great new home upgrade because it allows for better organization for families with a lot of moving parts. There are plenty of great mudroom design options available as well. Whether you are a single person with lots of gear, or a larger family navigating boots to beach towels, you can find an attractive mudroom plan that can keep belongings easily accessible and well organized.
  1. Smart Thermostat
    If your goal in the New Year is to make your new home more efficient, then a smart thermostat is the way to go. A Nest Thermostat can be installed in 30 minutes or less and helps homeowners cut down on energy costs. For only $249, this smart thermostat is an affordable new home upgrade that is readily available.
  1. Energy Efficient Water Heater
    All homeowners are encouraged to consider an energy efficient option when replacing a water heater. The cost to heat the water that we use is one of the highest energy costs within a home. The Department of Energy came up with a great infographic on everything you need to know about water heaters. This new home upgrade is a no brainer—as it will most certainly save you money in the long term.
  1. Upgraded Windows
    Improving and upgrading windows in your new home is an investment in both comfort and in energy efficiency —commonly listed among the best ways to improve the value of your home, as well as cut down on home heating costs. Even better is a homeowner can expect to recoup 80% of the cost of window replacement through energy savings.
  1. A New Deck or Patio
    Building a deck or patio is a great way to create an entirely new living space outside of your new home. In fact, outdoor rooms are a key differentiator in homes that are trending in 2015. With proper planning and the right tools and crew, this new home upgrade could be completed in a weekend–and ready for late spring and summer use!

All five of the new home upgrades mentioned above are incredibly achievable—it’s really all a matter of how much time and money you want to spend. Smart investments that you make to your home will ultimately end up paying you back in some amount later on down the road should you decide to move on and find a new home.


At Chinburg Properties, we know how to transform a property—whether it’s restoring a historic home or completely renovating an old mill building. In addition to new home upgrades, we’re also well versed in green technology, such as how to efficiently heat your eco-friendly home, as well as how to winterize a custom built home.

Contact us today to find out other great home improvement tips and recommendations.