Your cottage is your home away from home, and it’s important to treat it as such. A few strategic upgrades can help your cottage feel more like home and increase the value when it’s time to sell. Check out these five different ways you can make improvements to life at the cottage!
1. Put Some Money Into Your Bathroom
The minimum standards for any cottage bathroom are to be clean, functional and within the price range of the neighboring cottages in your area. Putting some money into your bathroom has many benefits, one of which is helping you feel more at home. A few strategic additions can go a long way in improving your bathroom.
One of the main benefits of upgrading your bathroom is the value the renovations will bring when it’s time to sell. Simple things like a fresh coat of paint, new faucets, and a nice tub will impress future buyers. If you really want to increase the value of your cottage bathroom, add features like heated flooring or a soaker tub.
2. Upgrade Your Windows To Save Energy
If you have an older cabin, your windows may be costing you more energy than you want. Older single-pane windows are simply unable to efficiently hold in heat in the winter or keep your house cool in summer. Upgrading your windows adds aesthetic value in addition to saving you money in energy costs.
If your cottage windows are on an old rotted frame, it’s best to replace the entire thing. Using premium insulation will prevent air from escaping your home. This investment helps your cottage act as a retreat from the extreme heat during the summer. New windows will also improve the overall value of your cottage.
3. Make Sure Your Security Is Up To Par
Security may seem like a moot point in the middle of nowhere; however, it’s still important to take steps to protect your property. Criminals may think they have more of a chance of getting away with crimes in a less populated area. If you take a few basic steps to protect your cottage, you shouldn’t have much to worry about.
The most basic step to ensure your security is to get an alarm system installed on all your doors and windows. Most alarm services also come with around the clock monitoring which can give you updates on your property when you’re not there.
Investing in proper lighting is also absolutely essential for security. Bright lights activated by motion sensor will keep most unwanted guests (including animals) away from your property. Proper lighting in combination with security cameras should give you peace of mind when it comes to security.
4. Upgrade Your Fridge
Old school fridges are another common source of unnecessary energy drain in many cottages. If you’re still using a refrigerator from the 90s or earlier, you’re likely paying a lot of unnecessary energy costs. The technology of fridges has improved significantly enough to make an investment in a new one worth it. Having a giant old-school freezer and beer fridge sort of adds to the ambiance of the cottage environment but it probably costs you more than its worth.
5. Invest In A New Water Heater
Older water heaters keep your water hot even when you’re not using it. New “tankless” water heaters heat up water on demand, which saves energy. Electricity, propane or natural gas can be used to power these heaters. Keep in mind some of these heaters require a lot of energy so makes sure you have the means to supply the power.