Whether you’ve recently moved into a new home and want to spruce it up, or you simply want to boost your personal enjoyment of your current home, making it more comfortable and getting it looking great are two extremely effective ways to go about it. There’s an old saying “look good, feel good” about dressing ourselves up, and it applies to the home as well. A beautiful home is one that you’ll feel proud of, and ensuring that it’s always comfortable makes it perfect.

You don’t need to tackle a project as expensive as adding square feet with a room addition or new deck, either, unless you especially want to. There are much more affordable ways that you can get the most out of your home. Here are just three of them.

1. Invest in your curb appeal

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Believe it or not, but the first step toward having a beautiful home is to fix up the exterior. This is what’s known as your curb appeal, and it’s the first impression that your home makes on everyone, including you, whenever you pull in the driveway. There are several easy ways that you can boost your curb appeal, such as putting a fresh coat of paint on the front door or even updating your address numbers.

One of the best ways to make a strong initial impression, though, is with flowers and greenery. A beautiful yard is sure to impress, even if the house itself isn’t the fanciest. Get some planters, and start setting up some flower beds or a garden. For low-light plants, you’ll want to plant them in areas with plenty of shade. If you’re a beginner at taking care of plants, then you may simply want to get some hanging plants to decorate your porch with.

Of course, we aren’t going to completely ignore your interior. Hanging plants indoor is also a great way to breathe new life into your home. Simple houseplants like succulents require little care, and who knows? You may develop a green thumb after all.

2. Consider some kitchen updates

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They say the kitchen is the heart of your home, and it certainly tends to see the most foot traffic. That’s why a kitchen update can be just the thing to make your home feel like new. Check out some 2021 kitchen trends to get ideas. Open plans that conceal the cooking space are extremely popular right now, as are strong color contrasts. A simple coat of paint on your cabinets can make them look like new, and some new statement lighting can really complete the picture.

If you’re handy and enjoy a good DIY project, you could even build your own new cabinets or a pantry. There’s no need to get rid of all your appliances or start tearing down walls to have a kitchen you’ll be glad to show off.

3. Ensure you have great air quality

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When it comes to keeping your home comfortable, your HVAC system is your most important line of defense. You’ll want to make sure you’re changing your air filters and keeping up with other basic maintenance tasks regularly to keep the compressor from working overtime and ensure that your system is healthy. For more tips, check out five ways to get the most from your AC.

Just because the air in your house is cool doesn’t mean that it’s clean, though. It’s so easy for contaminants like pollen, mold, dander, and dust to enter your home that it’s actually been found that indoor air is often even more polluted than outdoor air. To reduce your odds of having an allergy attack or becoming ill, make sure to keep air filters running in your home, so it’ll feel great in addition to looking great.