The new year is right around the corner, and now is the ideal time to start planning your home improvement projects for the year ahead. The following are five projects that our brokers recommend for maximizing your comfort and the market value of your home.
- Invest in the Environment
Eco-friendly upgrades won't just save you money on your monthly utility bills. They will make your home more appealing in an increasingly eco-conscious market. Switching old light bulbs out for LED's and installing a smart thermostat are easy steps. Other eco-friendly projects you can do include replacing old insulation with modern insulation that has a higher R-value. You could also consider installing more energy-efficient dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, and refrigerators. Purchasing new appliances, energy-efficient windows/doors, HVAC systems, etc. adds up. However, there are numerous tax credits and rebate programs available that significantly reduce the initial investment.
- Seal up the Leaks
Air leaks are an easily fixed problem. Applying caulk or weatherstripping to leaks around windows, doors, and masonry can save you a bundle on your monthly utility bills. It is vital to use the appropriate sealant and adhere to installation instructions. Sealing up the leaks will help you stay comfortable throughout the hot summer months and year-round. More importantly, it is an inexpensive step to preserve the structural integrity of your home and protect it against pests and insects.
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