If you own your own house then you probably spend a lot of time (and money) making it look the way you want.
You also most likely put a lot of thought into making your home work well for you and your family. You choose furniture based not only on how it looks but also how practical it will be and how well it will fit in your home.
What you might not be thinking about is how your home will work for you in the future.
If you want your current home to be your forever home then there are a few different ways you can plan to future-proof it.
1. Be smart when it comes to electrics
When you need to replace or upgrade electrical items in your home, think about going for ‘smart’ options.
A smart TV, for example, is able to connect to the internet so you can stream and download content whenever you want, without needing a separate set top box or anything.
Smart technology is really looking like the way of the future, and will make life a lot easier now and as you get older, so it’s worth investing in it now.
All sorts of things around the house can be set up to use smart technology, from your lighting and heating to your locks and home security systems. Having these things in place and being able to control your home from the comfort of the sofa with an app on your phone is something you’ll appreciate more and more over time.
2. Make home improvements energy-efficient
Another thing to consider when you replace various items and make improvements to your home is making sure they’re as energy-efficient as possible. Think about adding insulation in the loft and opting for the most energy-efficient boiler you can afford.
Spending a bit more money now while you’re working will potentially save you a lot of money in the future when you may need to try and keep costs down.
Appliances like fridges, freezers, TVs and washing machines all have energy ratings that you can check before you buy so you can be sure you’re getting the most efficient model.
3. Prepare for mobility issues
One of the biggest issues most people face as they get older is reduced mobility.
So it’s worth thinking about what you could do in your home to cope if and when this starts to become an issue for you.
It might be that you look at whether you could install a stairlift or wheelchair lift so you can still easily access both floors of your house.
You might also want to consider reinforcing the walls in some places so you can install safety handrails in the future.
Another thing to think about is the possibility of putting a ramp in at the front door and widening internal doorways if there’s a chance you or your partner might need to use a wheelchair in the future.
4. Consider safety in the kitchen and bathroom
The kitchen and bathroom are rooms that a lot of people like to remodel and update after a few years.
So next time you think about painting your kitchen cupboards and re-tiling the bathroom take a bit of time to really future-proof these rooms so you can use them safely for years to come.
This could mean installing a walk-in shower unit instead of your bath, as well as making sure the lighting in both rooms is bright enough to see what you’re doing clearly.
5. Think about the outside space too
It’s not just the interior of your home you need to think about, you want to make sure your garden is future-proofed too.
Think about making sure that it will still be accessible if your mobility starts to decrease.
You might also want to create an area in your garden now where you can grow your own vegetables and herbs, either by digging up an area to plant in or buy installing a greenhouse.
This way in the future you’ll save yourself money by growing your own produce and also have an easy-to-access hobby to keep you busy at home.
Disclosure: this post is in collaboration with Cibes UK.