Renovations

Top 3 Home Improvements for ROI

If you’re looking at selling your home and wondering how you can get the best price, what home improvements you can do to get the most bang for your renovation dollar.  It turns out there are three home improvements you can do to get the best return on your investment.  These can help ensure that you will get a quick sale and you can make back every dollar that you spend on renovations.  Here are the first things you should do to increase your home’s value.

  1. Get a New Front Door. This is probably so minor that it never even crossed your mind, but getting a new front door always brings an amazing return.  Why?  There are a couple of reasons, but starting with the most obvious, it’s the first thing any potential buyer might see.  The saying holds true, that you only get one chance to make a first impression.  Even if you have the most tastefully decorated home with a high end kitchen and spa like bathrooms but a potential buyer will remember your ugly beat up door.The other reason to change your door is security.  Buyers in more urban areas will be concerned with security and a solid steel looks safe.  This makes the buyer feel secure before they have even crossed your threshold.  A steel door returns 98% of every dollar you will spend on replacing it.

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  2. Remodel the kitchen. The kitchen is often the focal point of your home.  It is the first thing that buyers look at and kitchens and bathrooms are what sell houses.  An ugly worn out kitchen will turn buyers off before they even look at any other room in your house.  Renovating a kitchen is a big project, so be prepared for some work.  Put in some new flooring and countertops, a fresh coat of pain, upgrade the plumbing and lighting will dramatically -increase the value of your home.  Here’s a video showing how valuable a kitchen reno can be.
  3. Finish your basement. Your basement is a whole other floor to your house and that’s a lot of unused square feet.  If you want to turn this into a living space there are some things you will need to take care of first.  Your basement needs to be waterproof, free of mold and the foundation needs to be solid.Remodeling your basement provides such a return because it instantly adds livable space, this can boost your asking price by as much as 25%.  You can put in extra bathrooms, bedrooms, home office or even a man cave if you like.

These are just some of the things you can do to increase the value of your home, have a look at this video for some more tips on maximizing that sale price.

HVAC

Save Money When the AC is a Must Have

It’s only days away from the official start of summer, bringing with it the days with the inside temperature only slightly lower than outside.  During the hot days the minute you step outside the sun is beating down on your roof like mad, air conditioning is a necessity.  Running your HVAC system constantly can be painful on the wallet.  So how can you keep your house cool without breaking the bank?

  1. Turn on the fan. Fans are still an easy way to supplement running the HVAC system, circulating the cold air through the room means you have to pump less cold air into the run.  The less you have to run your air conditioner the better it is on your wallet.air-2260_640
  2. Turn your air conditioner off if there is no one home. If you can’t turn the air conditioner completely off because your house will be an oven when you get home, then try adjusting the temperature.  Adjust the temperature to 85 degrees and keep your drapes closed.  The drapes will keep the sun from beating in the windows and heating the house up even more.
  3. Adjust the “normal” temperature. Raise your thermostat even a few degrees can save you almost 30% on the electric bill every month.  Try adjusting to 78 degrees, it will keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency.
  4. Rearrange the room. Don’t let furniture block the vents it will prevent air from circulating throughout the house.
  5. Clean the ducts regularly. Get a professional HVAC crew in regularly to clean your duct work.  It’s pointless to pay for air that isn’t even making into your room.
  6. Close the vents in empty rooms, there is no point heating or cooling the spare room no one has slept in in months. Close the vents in unused rooms will help the airflow to be redirected to rooms that need it the most.
  7. Maintenance is your friend. Before the heatwaves start get your system checked out if you’re not already having regular maintenance done.  Keeping your HVAC running right and it will keep your house cool.
  8. Window units are cheaper than central air. A window unit uses half the energy of your whole home system, they can make a great alternative to keep your home system on all the time.  If you spend most of the time in the living room use a window unit there and turn your system off.
  9. Crank up the air just before bedtime. If you turn the air up for a little while before you go to bed, adjust the temperature again as you’re going to bed.  You can tolerate warmer temperatures while you are sleeping.

Despite the blazing heat of summer your electric bill doesn’t have to break you.  Try a couple of those tips to save some energy and money.