It’s hard to believe, but winter is practically at our doorstep. It may be painful to think about ice and snow just yet, but the calendar suggests that now is the time to get ready. A few minor improvements to your home could make a major difference in your heating bills come January, potentially saving hundreds of dollars. Fortunately, many of these essential home improvements are simple and affordable. Consider adding these five home improvement tasks to your fall “to-do” list.
So you're in the market for a few home improvements, but you can't do everything. As a homeowner it can be hard to decide which improvement to do first. Should you invest in new windows and doors or new carpeting? Which is more important – that deck you've always wanted or new siding? The answer will be different for every homeowner, but if you plan to sell your home in the next five years then curb appeal may take precedence over comfort. Could now be the time for new James Hardie siding?
It may still be summer, but the next couple of months will go quickly. Before we know it, the lawnmower will be stored away for the season and we will start decorating for Halloween. Now that kids are headed back to school and vacations have been taken, it may be time to take a closer look at your home. From now until Thanksgiving, homeowners start making necessary improvements, especially those that will help control heating costs.
Perhaps you've attempted to sell your home over the past few years and you know how hard it's been to get offers that come close to your asking price. Fortunately, if you live in certain areas of the country the buyer's market of the past is quickly becoming a seller's market, but buyers are still just a picky as ever. Even as bidding wars are breaking out in some areas, it can still be difficult to fetch the right price. But if your home has what buyers are looking for, you might even get more than your asking price.
As a homeowner with dozens of projects to tackle, it's hard to decide on just one; but there are some improvements that are more noticeable than others. Aside from keeping up with basic maintenance of your home - which should never be skipped - replacing existing windows with new vinyl windows can have a positive impact on energy efficiency. But perhaps even more importantly, new windows will increase your home's resale value and give it "curb appeal," both of which are prerequisites if you are thinking of selling soon.
If you live in one of Colorado's higher-elevation areas, it may be hard to think about spring home improvement projects just yet, but it won't be long before all the snow is melted and your home is in need of attention. One of the nice things about spring home improvements is how they coincide with tax refund season, so if you're planning an improvement it won't hit your wallet quite as hard.
Whether it's the middle of winter or the hottest month of summer, there is no doubt that energy is moving through the cracks and crevices of your home. It even moves through the walls, doors and windows. If you've never done a home energy efficiency "audit," now is a great time to consider it. Before you go out and get new windows and doors, it helps to know where you are currently leaking heat. It could be that the insulation near a window needs to be upgraded, or the weather-stripping near a door should be replaced. So how does one find the spots where their home is losing heat?
As we approach the coldest part of winter, many homeowners are preparing for the highest energy bills of the year. Unless you heat your home with a wood-burning stove, chances are that insulation may be on your mind. But regardless of how important a well-insulated home is to heating costs, it is equally as important in protecting the home from high cooling bills during the summer months. And as if that isn't enough, properly insulated homes are protected against rot, decay and mold.
Anxious homeowners in Colorado Springs have been patiently waiting the end of the housing crisis before selling their homes, but many have taken a different approach. Rather than "waiting it out" and making small home improvements, some would-be sellers have decided to remodel and stay. Remodeling can take the form of additions, enlarged kitchens, new bathrooms and more, and they give homeowners a reason to stay in their current home for a while longer.
In this season of political positioning, it seems like all we hear about it the need for American energy "independence;" otherwise known as being free from the need to import foreign oil and the political concessions that may require. But the discussion of energy independence isn't limited to the presidential debates; homeowners are also interested in freeing themselves from high energy bills, especially as winter approaches.