If you are planning a remodel, you need to know that not everything is about the looks and there are projects that have a better return on your investment. Let’s check some home improvement that can save you money on the long run and add value to your property, to make the smartest move.
Improve insulation and weatherization
The biggest drainage of energy in a house is climatization, and a huge part of its efficiency depends on a good insulation and the correct weatherization for your climate.
The first step will be a comprehensive audit to detect the building performance and then fix the weak points. Applying insulation to walls, fix openings’ leaks and improve air tightness can save you tons of money annually in utility bills. To know everything about insulation and weatherization, check this link.
Go green with plumbing
Going green with plumbing can reduce both the bill of municipal water and the bill of electricity needed to carry, distribute and heat it. You should upgrade your water fixtures to low flow ones, or at least install aerators or faucet flow reductors. In the bathroom, change to WaterSense toilet and shower to reduce water usage.
Remember that upgrade to a water efficient plumbing will let you apply to tax exemptions and rebates. For full instructions on green plumbing, check this post.
Convert to renewable energy
In a few more years, clean energy will be part of building codes state-wide, so why don’t go solar today? In California, there are plenty of incentive programs that let you plan an affordable solar conversion, and that will add great value to the property. And, of course, you will see immediately the savings in the electricity bill ;) Ask a solar contractor about your house’s possibilities and energy requirements. Check the needed steps before going solar in this post.
Landscaping and water design
Nothing speaks louder about a property value than a nice lawn. But you can be smart with landscaping and save money in the process of improving it.
The patio, paths and driveways will boost the curb appeal of your home and save you money in the long run avoiding costly water damage to foundations. And a correct lawn water design let you have a nice garden with minimum irrigation. With a lawn design adapted to your zone and climate you can have a gorgeous yard while reducing dramatically its cost of maintenance. Check all the recommendations on lawn design in this link.
Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Appliances
An easy and instant way to save money on utility bills is change dishwasher, clothes washer/dryer and refrigerator to their Energy Star option. They are more expensive than their traditional versions, but they pay themselves with savings over a short time.
If you are upgrading to energy efficient appliances, you should also change bulbs and lighting fixtures, that are less expensive and striking more durable than old ones. For a complete guide on energy efficient appliances and fixtures, check this link.
Have maintenance and services up to date
Failing equipment and systems are invisible leeches of money, and can be damaging the integrity of the building that will carry costly repairs. And not to mention the risk of neglected issues that can lead to accidents. It’s proven that money not spent in maintenance will multiply with repairs afterwards.
Perform routine maintenance of electrical installation, HVAC, plumbing and monitor systems to make sure you are not wasting money. To make a more efficient investment, book in advance with a services contractor and bulk all the systems to check to ask for a discount. Check the most common maintenance tasks you should not avoid in this post.
Follow our recommendations to have a high value property with smart investments in home improvements. If you need any help, drop us a comment and we will answer you very soon :)
Posted April 26, 2016
by Gabriel Posternak.