Generally, when upgrading a home, we tend to think about what we want to see in our homes. But oftentimes, the best upgrades are the ones we can’t see. Here are some home improvement ideas that will save you money in the long run, while increasing the value of your home at the same time.
Insulating your home and sealing off windows and doors not only keeps the draft out in cold weather, but also keeps your house cool during those hot summer months. Caulking and weather stripping are relatively easy, inexpensive projects, and adding insulation will greatly increase your energy savings. You can also replace doors and windows to improve the look of your home while adding the protection needed to save energy. These upgrades will pay for themselves within a few years.
You can get a bigger bang for your buck by switching to energy efficient appliances. To figure out how to maximize your energy efficiency, you can hire an energy auditor. They might suggest upgrading to low energy heating and cooling system, refrigerator, dishwasher, etc. You can also opt for low-flow toilets and washers to save on water costs. You can check out energy.gov for any tax credits that may be available for these energy saving upgrades.
Take a proactive role in repairs before the repairs become too costly. Take a tour around your home and take note of any cracks, mold, water damage or pest issues. Do this periodically so you can catch different issues, especially during season changes.
Not only will you be saving money in the long run, but an energy efficient home will be more attractive to prospective buyers. After making these upgrades you can focus on more important things, like his and hers sinks.