What is on your renovation wish list for 2019? If you are anything like me, instead of a new year’s resolution list, you may have drawn up a list of household projects that you want to tackle in the coming year. Any house needs regular maintenance and TLC, so I’ve put together a list of small, inexpensive updates that will have a significant impact on your home:

Update Your Home Security

Do you ever have that sinking feeling that you didn’t lock the door behind you when you left the house? You can wave goodbye to security worries! Smart locks allow you to ditch your key and instead use your phone to lock and unlock your home using Bluetooth technology. Depending on the product, you can set them up to automatically lock the door when you leave or to work on a timer. You can add permanent and temporary users, set up your phone to automatically close up when you go out the door and check the activity logs to see who has entered and exited your home. Security for your home, your family and your belongings is high on everyone’s wish list, so it’s a worthwhile investment, even if it does cost a little more than a deadbolt from the hardware store.

Switch to Energy Efficient Lighting

If you haven’t already made the switch to energy efficient lighting, you are overspending on your electricity bill every single month. Those savings might seem small in isolation, but when you add them up over the year, they are worth paying attention to. When it comes to energy efficient bulbs, your options include light-emitting diodes (LEDs), halogen incandescents, and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). They are all a little more expensive than a traditional bulb, they can last up to 25 times longer, while using significantly less electricity.

Install a Water Filter

Even in countries with clean and drinkable tap water, water suppliers need to add chemicals like chlorine to disinfect the water and kill any micro-organisms that may make you sick. Fluoridate is also often added to aid with healthy teeth. The levels of chemicals added is carefully governed and monitored. However, these chemicals, along with any naturally occurring sediments, may lead to your tap water appearing cloudy or having a mild smell or taste. Installing a simple and inexpensive under-sink filtration system will give you peace of mind when drinking some H2O, and ensure you save money and the environment by avoiding bottled water.

Get Yourself a Smart Home Hub

If you have gone smart-appliance crazy, then a smart home hub offers a central point of control to combine and simplify the use of separate hubs. Additionally, it allows you to link up systems that may otherwise be incompatible, so you can ensure that your smoke detector tells your smart lock to unlock doors if there is evidence of a fire, allowing easy exit of occupants and access for firefighters!

Upgrade your Bathroom Exhaust Fan

If you live in an older home without a bathroom vent or have an exhaust fan that hasn’t been updated recently, this is a quick and cost-effective update that you should definitely look into! Excess moisture leads to mold, peeling paint and warped cabinetry. Exhaust fans have come a long way in terms of noise, performance, and airflow, so it is high time to upgrade to a cleaner, healthier bathroom.

So, what is top of your renovation wish list?