10 Home Improvement Tips
10 Home Improvement Tips
Repairs and replacements won’t just help owners enjoy their properties more; they’ll also keep energy costs down as hot weather rolls in and attract more buyers, many of whom have become meticulous about inspecting roofs, appliances, and HVAC bills. While most home owners need to prioritize costs, these 10 improvements are at the top of many contractors’ lists. Some of them are even more affordable than ever before, thanks to rebates from local communities, utility companies, and the federal government.
1. Replace old windows
Replacing them all can be costly — $400 to $500 per window, plus $100 to $150 for installation, according to home improvement expert Tom Kraeutler of The Money Pit. Whether that’s the place to spend dollars should depend on how long home owners plan to stay put or what houses listed in their neighborhood offer if they’re selling.
2. Change filters
Existing systems still in good condition should have filters checked monthly and replaced when dark and clogged, a DIY project.
3. Clean air conditioning units
Before summer temperatures rise and HVAC pros are swamped, advise home owners to clean coils and change filters so their system doesn’t have to work as hard. They should also have drain lines cleaned, so moisture is eliminated.
4. Install more insulation
A home’s first line of defense to stop cold or hot air — depending on the season — should be the attic, according to most contractors. An energy audit can determine how much more is needed, if they already have some.
5. Switch out inefficient appliances
Sometimes appliances are no longer smart to repair. The determining factors for that should be their age and the cost of repair versus replacement. Top choices carry an EnergyStar label. If home owners need to replace most of their kitchen equipment and have a limited budget or plan to move, prioritize and first switch out the range, followed by the refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave — in that order.
6. Repair or replace roofs, gutters, and downspouts
Because of past tough hurricane seasons, roofing contractors in many parts of the country have been busy. In addition, home owners should have gutters and downspouts cleaned come spring so that water can flow through them; gutters should be angled away from a house to stop water pooling around a foundation. Gutter covers can be helpful but often don’t eliminate all debris.
Damage often shows up at this time of year. Use the time to reassess your color choice for better curb appeal. Even changing the front door’s color can make a difference.
8. Prune trees
Called “thinning out,” this method gets excess foliage trimmed to allow more natural light into a house—and cut down on artificial illumination.
9. Mulch plantings
Along with fall, spring is a key mulch time. Mulch helps plants thrive by holding back weeds, retaining moisture so soil doesn’t dry out, and adding a tidy look.
10. Replace lightbulbs
When it comes to artificial light, most contractors recommend switching burned-out bulbs to LEDs, which last longer than incandescents, consume less energy, and have come down in price — now often just $10. Quality has improved, too, and they’re dimmable and available in colors.
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Posted on May 2, 2013, in Real Estate and tagged Cape Coral Real Estate Agent, Cape Coral Realtor, DIY, EnergyStar, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Real Estate Agent, Fort Myers Realtor, Home Improvement Tips, HVAC, Kristen Pell, Property Guiding, Real Estate Biz, SWFL Real Estate, The Money Pit, Tom Kraeutler. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.