When it comes to home improvement, Wholesale Home is proud to be your partner in making lasting, innovative, and affordable changes that increase the value of your home and make it a safer and more comfortable place to live.
In addition to offering the best selection of home improvement products online, we also strive to be a resource that you can turn to when you’re looking for impactful home improvements. To that end, we offer lots of useful advice, from how to update your home on a budget to just how beneficial simple things like updating cabinets, adding trim to windows and doors, and spray paint projects can be for creating a home that you truly love.
As part of this goal, we’ve put together this quick guide to updating your home, including tons of actionable tips on home organization, security, and more. Keep reading for all of our best home update advice—plus wholesale product picks that can help you bring these ideas to life, regardless of how much (or how little) you want to spend.
Spring Cleaning and Home Organization Supplies
All of us are happier in our space when it’s clean and organized.
Over the years, we’ve shared lots of easy DIY projects that you can use to improve your home. Among them: making spring cleaning and home organization a priority, so that every room in your home is a room that you enjoy spending time in.
Our best spring cleaning tips can be used all year round to keep your home looking and feeling its best. These include:
Getting organized – Invest in home organization systems that ensure everything has a proper place—and that things are easy to find when you need them.
Clear out the kitchen – The kitchen is the heart of the home, which makes it all the more important for you to keep clutter out of it. While you’re at it, look for other kitchen upgrades that can further optimize the space for your needs, or consider a small kitchen makeover that will ensure you get the most out of the space.
Clean and refresh – Having the right cleaning supplies on hand is key, as is adopting the right cleaning techniques. During spring cleaning, take the time to wash surfaces that usually get left alone during routine cleanings (including drapes, blinds, and light fixtures), and sanitize as you go so that you’re starting with a completely blank slate.
How to Choose the Right Indoor Air Purifier
There are so many good reasons to use an indoor air purifier, including a reduced risk of airborne illnesses, relief from asthma and allergy symptoms, fewer unwanted odors, and improved sleep—just to name a few.
When you’re looking for the most effective air cleaning products, consider both the purifier itself as well as the air filter. There are various types of air filters to choose from, including HEPA filters, pleated filters, and fiberglass filters. Some tips for selecting the best filter for your home include:
- Considering what your individual needs are, including any specific health needs of your family members
- Considering how often you want to replace the filter
- Considering how much you want to spend on the filter
All of these considerations will play into deciding which air filter is the right choice, keeping in mind that the more protection you need, the higher the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) you’ll want in your filter.
How to Choose the Best Fire Safety Products
There are two big components to fire safety at home: smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Carbon monoxide detectors also play a big role in keeping your family safe, with a wide option of multi-purpose smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and smoke, CO, and gas alarms available.
You probably already know why smoke detectors are so important. But do you know that in 2016, half of all home-fire deaths occurred between the hours of 11pm and 7am, when most families are sleeping, or that 60% of deaths from home fires occur in homes without a working smoke alarm?
Depending on where you live, you may be required to have 10-year smoke alarms in place (currently 14 states and five cities have this requirement). And even if you don’t, it’s crucial that you understand different smoke detector types and how to prevent fires in your home.
When choosing a smoke alarm, think about the size of your home, the specifics of your environment, and how you want your alarm to be powered. You should do the same when it comes to fire extinguishers, as well as look into the option of receiving a fire inspection tag.
Smart Home Solutions: How to Make your Home a Smart Home
Could your family benefit from smart home technology?
There are so many smart home options that you can put into place for increased security, convenience, and energy efficiency. These include:
- Smart door locks
- Smart security systems
- Smart thermostats
- Smart smoke alarms
- Smart garage door openers
Aside from offering the latest in technological innovation, these products are also designed to make your home work better for you, with targeted improvements that help you out in both little and big ways.
Read up on smart home automation tips that will help you choose the best intelligent products for your home. These include choosing devices that match the aesthetics of your home and looking for sturdy products that offer software-based updates so that you can continually upgrade without having to buy completely new hardware every single time new features are released.
The Best Indoor and Outdoor Home Security Systems
Safety ranks high among the most essential home updates.
There are plenty of home safety products to look into, from indoor and outdoor security camera systems to the aforementioned smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. And if you’ve been putting off a whole-home security system because you’re worried about the cost, know that with smart security solutions you can put together a DIY security system that’s designed to perfectly fit your budget and your needs.
You’ll find many benefits with today’s indoor and outdoor security systems, especially when compared to more traditional wired systems that require professional installation and steep monthly fees. Among them, major cost savings both up front and over time, as well as just the right amount of protection and surveillance for your home—whether you want just a little bit of added security or to go the full distance.
Updating Your Home Office
Working from home is the new normal for a lot of professionals, which means that if you want to update your home you’re probably going to want to include updates to your home office.
A great DIY office setup is one that promotes productivity, both in terms of providing you with a comfortable space to get your work done and providing you with all of the tools that you need to stay connected.
Some work from home office essentials that are worth looking into if you’ve recently or previously transitioned to remote work include:
Aside from bringing your home office more in line with a conventional office space, these sorts of home office products help to make sure that you can always be reached—and that you can always reach out when you need to.
Enhancing Interior and Exterior Home Lighting
The right lighting can be hugely instrumental in improving the ambience of your home. This is true of both indoor lighting and outdoor lighting, which can do everything from make certain areas more attractive and useful to make areas safer.
To enhance your home’s indoor lighting, try adding in more of these three types of lighting options:
Ambient lighting – Light that fills a whole space, for example: natural light, track lighting, chandeliers.
Accent lighting – Light that puts an emphasis on a particular focus point, for example: mood lights and floor lamps.
Task lighting – Light that illuminates a specific area needed for work and/or concentration, for example: desk lamps, under-cabinet lighting, and appliance lamps.
And in terms of illuminating your home’s outdoor spaces, look into flood lights and landscape lighting, which can each serve to highlight key areas of your exterior space while also improving the appearance, functionality, and security of your home.
About Wholesale Home
Since 2012, our team at Wholesale Home has been hard at work bringing you all of the top products for quality home improvements. While our story began with commercial spaces such as hotels, schools, and government agencies, we quickly realized that our skills and expertise in sourcing the best in affordable improvement products could also benefit homeowners—and that home updates are among the best financial investments that you can make.
If you have any questions about our products, our philosophy, or how you can bring lasting and affordable updates into your home, we encourage you to contact us. We’re always happy to help however we can, especially when it comes to ensuring that you design a home that truly meets all of your family’s needs.