Are you planning on sprucing up your abode? Renovating your home will raise its value, and many improvements offer a great return on investment for homeowners. So whether you’ll be hiring contractors and craftsmen or you’ll go the DIY route, consider these six items with a high ROI:
Installing solar panels on the roof of your home will allow you to create your own clean energy to power your house. You’ll not only help reduce greenhouse gasses, but you’ll lower your monthly energy bill as well. To be a good candidate for solar panel installation, the roof of your house should be in good shape, large enough, and strong enough to support the weight of the panels, and it should receive plenty of sun during the day. Remember, you’re required to have the proper permits to install solar panels on your roof and to have an inspection from your electric company.
Replace old and drafty single-pane windows with energy-efficient, affordable vinyl windows. You’ll save money by reducing your heating and air conditioning costs, and your home will feel more comfortable year-round. Double-pane and triple-pane windows also greatly reduce outside noise, so if you live close to a busy street, this home improvement will help you create a quieter space where you can relax with your family and friends. And if you work from home, you’ll have more peace and quiet - as well as less variations in temperature - with better-insulated windows.
When remodeling your kitchen, investing in an energy-efficient refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, and oven will help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Look for the “Energy Star” label when shopping for appliances: they may cost a bit more initially, but you’ll soon notice monthly savings on your utility bills, and those really add up! If you’re redoing your laundry room, an energy-efficient washer and dryer will lower your water and electric bills as well.
If you’re planning on adding square footage to your house by converting your attic into a spare bedroom or home office, check for air leaks and see if you could benefit from adding insulation to your space. And if you’re thinking of turning your unfinished basement into a game room, adding insulation will reduce heat loss and protect the space from moisture and dampness, turning it into a cozy and comfortable area.
If your water heater is over ten years old, it’s probably time for a new one. So consider replacing it with an eco-friendly tankless model. Tankless water heaters come in different sizes, so make sure you take into account your household needs before purchasing one. And if you want to stay with a traditional water heater, think about insulating it to trap the heat better and save you money.
Before you start remodeling or renovating a room, think first about your lighting and electrical needs in that space. Kitchens and bathrooms, in particular, need to be well-lit, with track lighting, undercabinet lighting, and recessed lights strategically placed to illuminate the space and help you in your everyday tasks. If you’re a qualified electrician bidding on the job, click for more info on software that will help you deliver an accurate estimate while taking into account labor and materials costs and that will allow you to accept online payments to make it easier on your clients.
Green innovations can increase the value of your property while reducing your energy bill. So think about eco-friendly updates for your next home improvement projects. Your wallet and the planet will thank you for it.
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