Updating Your Home? Get the Most Bang for Your Buck!

I love spring because it brings new life to my family and our home as I finally step outside after a Canadian winter hibernation. All of a sudden everywhere I look there are new home projects that I want to take on, but I have limited time and budget to do them all. The other problem is we are not certain that this is our forever home (we have some soul searching to do before the mortgage renewal is up). That doesn’t mean I don’t want to put any love into this space. I still want to be proud of my home and have confidence to entertain, but it does mean I need to be smart about our choices financially. Whatever we do to our home until we know our future plans must have a strong ROI (return on investment). 

So whether you are staying put for the foreseeable future or looking to list your house this spring, if you’re thinking about updating your home it doesn’t hurt to know where you will get a better bang for your buck.


All too often the exterior of a house gets overlooked. But keep in mind this is the first thing anyone sees and makes a huge difference on the sale of a home. Start to boost a houses curb appeal by simply taking care of the landscape, reviewing the walkway patio stones and painting out the door (and brick if applicable). And don’t forget to include a nice seated area for yourself so you can enjoy the outdoors when the weather is nice!

Home exterior - before
Exterior – before
when updating your home, don't forget the exterior - Lara Young for Nesting Story
Exterior – after


Thinking of replacing your flooring with hardwood throughout sounds like a big expensive project, but it truly makes a world of a difference to the overall look of your home. Not only will you be able to reap the benefits of a beautiful new floor but your home listing reading “hardwood floors throughout” can make a big difference to the sale of a home. 

Don’t forget to consider the finish of the hardwood. If you have dogs, babies, kids (or all of the above), and you choose a flooring with a smooth finish you will see every scratch and crumb. Do yourself a favor and price out a hand scraped finish which will last a lifetime in your home. 

Dining Room
Dining Room

Kitchen and Bath

Surely you have heard many times that the kitchen and bathroom are the best places to put money into your house, but that’s because it hasn’t stopped being true. Of course you are looking for a beautiful kitchen or bathroom in a home, and so is any buyer. When updating your home putting money into these spaces (within reason) is a win win. No buyer wants to walk in and see a huge renovation project. So make those spaces appealing now, so you can really enjoy them. Then when you are looking to sell, that past renovation will be a major selling feature.

bathroom before
bathroom – before
bathroom inspiration for updating your home - Lara Young for nesting story
bathroom – after


Purge, neutralize and Konmari your space!  Whatever you want to call it don’t wait till you list your home to stage it in a way that will make you happy to live in a clear space. Take a step back and look at your home and ask yourself, “if I was listing to sell, what clutter areas would I be clearing out first?” then make that your project! All too often people wait to list their home to purge, only to wish they had done it sooner. 

When updating your home, the same goes for paint and décor. Buy the throw pillows and the plants now so you can actually enjoy them. You can easily choose a paint color that will be appealing to the masses while still making your house feel homey now without having to repaint down the line.

family room declutter
Family room declutter

I don’t know what the next ten years holds, but I do hope to achieve a balance in my home that suite whatever path my family and I go down.

Lara Young is the Principal of Lara Young Design, and also a new mom. Like many of us Lara is trying to find that quintessential work/life balance. Being her own boss is bringing Lara one-step closer to her dream. You can read Lara’s full bio, or contact her to help with your next design project here.

The Future of our Laundry Room – A Sneak Peek with LG

This post was created in partnership with LG.

When you have four kids, laundry becomes an event in your life. In fact, laundry for Mike and I have become such a weekly event that we created a popular YouTube series called The Fold and our entire laundry routine has been featured on Baby Center. There definitely seems to be a fascination with how a large family tackles laundry… successfully.

Often when I talk to other parents, their biggest dread when it comes household chores is laundry. But not us, we use it as a time to relax, reconnect and reset before the week starts. Now, if we could just fall in love with doing the dishes the same way.

Well, I am excited to announce that we have been working very hard behind the scenes to create the laundry room of our dreams. We decided to flip our home on its head and turn our laundry room into a mudroom (still a work in progress) and then create a brand new laundry room in our newly finished basement. 

This larger room, although still a work in progress, is coming along nicely and I will be posting the reveal soon.

In the meantime, I am excited to share that I’ve partnered with LG for this transformation, and a little while ago I attended an event with fellow content creators, where I was able to get a sneak peek at their latest washers and dryers, and a very cool new product called the LG Syler.

Our beautiful, and charming host Coco Rocha walked us through each of the most recent LG laundry room appliances. 

Everything she showed us received ohhhhs and ahhhhs from the crowd, including the LG Styler, which basically steams and deodorizes clothing like jeans and suits and be plugged in anywhere including a closet because it has portable water container. Yes, I believe this is something that Mike needs one day.

But then I fell in love. We learned all about the LG Twin Load Washers, (the ones that will soon be in our laundry room at home), and I was in disbelief of it’s capabilities. 

The Lg Twin Washer can wash a big load in the front-loading washer up top while the smaller LG SideKick™ unit simultaneously washes a second load down below. The LG SideKick™ is also great for a very small load, including intimates. Not only is the Twin Wash quieter and faster, you can actually program it to send notifications to your phone! Amazing!

So keep your eye peeled for two videos coming up very soon to reveal our new laundry room and all of the exciting features we’ve included.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored byLG. While compensation was provided, all opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the opinions of LG.