If you own a home, you probably have in mind several improvements you would like to make. The money you invest in these improvements can pay off in cost savings, in adding to the value of your home, and in making it more comfortable on the inside and more attractive on the outside. Which home improvement make the most sense for you? Here are some guidelines for deciding on your next project.
Take advantage of new materials that are constantly being developed. These require lower maintenance, are longer lasting, and provide increased energy efficiency.
If you need to replace a front door, don't just think in terms of buying another one like the old one. Visit several home improvement stores and check out the new products made from superior materials. Ask personnel there about what they recommend. Always opt for the better product, even if it costs more. For instance, a wooden door is better replaced by a steel door which has better insulation and better security.
Choose a project which will bring greater enjoyment of home time to your family and will also increase the value of your home. A new deck is a project that can do this. Consider using composite decking that requires little or no maintenance rather than using wooden decking. New composite products can be very attractive and are certainly very practical. Think of the hours you will save not resurfacing a deck.
If you need another room, before you decide on an expensive addition, see whether your attic or basement can be upgraded to provide living space. Get several estimates. They will probably come in much lower than the cost of an addition. If you can do the work yourself, you will save even more.
New siding will save you money on both heating and cooling costs, and can give your house a more attractive appearance. See if you can get the work done at a discount during the off season when the contractor is looking for work, rather than during the busy season when he has plenty of work. Once again, find out about new materials for siding. Higher quality, low maintenance siding is a winner.
If you have an older house, replacing the original windows is an easy decision. They are sure to be leaky and inefficient. You will find exciting innovations in windows. They are rather expensive in initial cost, but will save you a great deal in the long run through vastly increased efficiency. There are double and triple paned thermal windows that may save you as much as 30% on your energy bills, for decades to come. Specially coated windows are designed for warm climates to reflect sunlight and keep rooms cool. In cold climates, a gas filled window will keep heat from escaping.
Use these ideas to increase your home's attractiveness and efficiency. Roam around some home improvement stores and see the new products that have been developed since you bought your home. These will suggest to you many more ideas for improving your home's comfort and value.