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Fall Is Here! Are You Ready?

Happy First Day Of Autumn!

Let’s get down to it… time to prep for the colder weather! About this time of the year we start to bring out the comfy sweaters, scarves, jackets and gloves. It’s a mix of excitement and hesitation, but everyone goes through it and the sooner we embrace it, the easier it gets! Similarly, this is what happens with our homes too! The sooner you start taking steps to keeping your home toasty warm, the easier it will be when facing that heating bill. We’ve got some super easy tips for you to hit-the-ground running to save some money on those heating bills. You’re welcome

1. Weather-Stripping  
One of the quickest and simplest fixes to keep cold air from entering through your windows and doors. It’ll literally take you 30 min to do your entire house and it’ll pay itself off within a week. A small step that can go a long way.

2. Trap Heat With Some Heavy Curtains
Another easy way to keep the heat inside, but also a great way to introduce some warm and festive decor to your home! This doesn’t mean you have to keep your home bottled up and curtains closed the whole time, if the sun is out let in the warm light! Because who doesn’t love some free heat?

3. Seal Floorboards
For those who own an older house, hard floors can account for as much as 10% of heat loss if they are not insulated. A quick fix is to find a nice floor rug or buy carpet to cover up the gaps, but it’s a better idea to take a weekend to squeeze some filler into them.

4. Wrap and Insulate
Show your water heater and ducts some TLC this year. You might want to try to wrap the water heater and ducts, insulate the pipes, and change the filters. That way you know everything is tightly sealed, ensuring your heat actually gets to the right parts of your home, and that everything is functioning properly before it gets super cold.

5. Update Your Old Thermostat.
You’ve stalled long enough, this year is the year to bite the bullet and get a new thermostat. You’ll be glad you did. Many thermostats can now be controlled with your mobile phone, so you can control your heating easily when you’re away and come home to a cozy preheated living room after a long day of work.

6. Re-Insulate Your Home.
Many find that this solution is a big investment project, but think of it this way: The more you invest, the more you will save in the long run. For those on a budget who really would like to nip the cold before it starts, DIY Insulation is a good option. A quality roll of insulation can come at a reasonable price and the process is fairly simple, but before you start be sure to read up on whether this is a job for you or better suited for a professional.

 

 

Home Improvement Projects: The Biggest Bang For Your Buck

Previously, we’ve found that there are some home improvement projects that aren’t the best choice if you plan to sell your home in the future. When you consider what a potential home buyer would prefer, you can easily find that some home improvement projects are better than others. In fact, some home buyers specifically look for homes with certain updated features and are willing to pay more for a home that has them. If you take this approach to your next big home project, you have a much better chance at a higher return-on-investment when it comes time to sell. You’ll get the most bang for your buck, you’ll get to enjoy a positive change to your home, and it will save you stress when it comes time to sell. So if you’re not sure which project to do, we’re here to help. Here’s a list of home improvement projects that have a high return-on-investment rate.

1. Re-Landscape Your Yard
Showcase your home to everyone! Not just visitors, the mailman, and potential buyers when you decide to sell. Updating your plants that are low maintenance, last year round, and thrive in your specific weather conditions is a great start. Use dark mulch, invest in a quality tree or shrub, install quality exterior lighting fixtures, and a good sweep and a new coat paint to your porch and front door will do wonders. Even you will look forward to coming home more than usual.

2. Update The Kitchen Essentials
Cabinets and appliances are the two main features potential buyers look for in the kitchen. If your appliances are over 10-15 years old, now is a good time to consider a new matching set. You’ll be amazed at the difference it will make. Updating your cabinets is another alternative if you’re looking to spruce up your kitchen look. For those on a budget, refacing them with a new coat of paint is a good option, but there are many affordable new cabinet sets to choose from as well.

3. Bathroom Remodeling
Ditch the old fixtures and the hideous seashell colored bathtub because remodeling your bathroom is one of the best return-on-investment projects you can do if you plan to sell your home. Strive to let in as much light as possible, and perhaps invest in a few of these things: a statement mirror, refreshed paint, hidden storage spaces, new tiling, and updated lights and fixtures. A pricey project, but if you keep it simple and fresh, you won’t regret it.

4. Can’t Clean It? Replace it.
We’re talking specifically, carpets. Have you tried for years all the remedies you can think of and still can’t seem to get those carpet stains out? Sure, it brings back memories and perhaps you find the carpet blemishes have added character to your home, but if you plan on moving soon, replacing the carpets is one of the most practical and affordable options. As a general rule, stick to low-pile neutral carpets and refrain from bright colors and bold prints.

So there you have it! If you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, you’ll be sure to get a significant return-on-investment if you choose one or more of the topics we’ve suggested. Ultimately the decision is yours and you choose what to do with your home, but homes with these specific updates have proven to sell much faster! Whatever you decide, best of luck!


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