If you own a home, you’ve probably got a list of upgrades and renovations you want to do. When it comes to saving money through home renovation investments, some home improvements prove more urgent than others. Home maintenance can be easy to forget or even put off. These three projects are pretty much about regular inspections and general upkeep of your property – all the stuff that is part and parcel of home ownership. Here are three high-priority improvements you should finance right now.
Get Rid of Any Drafts
Experts usually recommend insulating your house and sealing doors and windows to keep the cold air out. By getting a good seal on doors and windows and adding insulation to areas like your attic, you’ll keep the cold out and keep the house cooler during the warmer months. Be sure to seal all the air leaks, not only from obvious areas, but also from switches and outlets.
Update Those High-Energy Appliances
You’ll get a lot of bang for your buck if you upgrade those inefficient appliances. Sometimes you’re able to save for such an expense but other times your appliances may conk out unexpectedly. Talk to sales reps about finance options that are easier on your pocket when you have to buy something like a refrigerator or washing machine unexpectedly.
Top energy suckers in the home include air conditioning, heating systems, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, and hot water heaters. You can easily adjust your energy usage by installing a programmable thermostat.
Clean Your Gutters and Check for Structural Issues
Water is one of the primary causes of expensive home repairs. While rainy season is on its way, it’s time to stop those leaks and take control of the water around your homes. A couple of twigs and leaves in the gutter might not sound dangerous, but your gutters are the first line of defense against water issues in the basement, leaking roofs, cracked foundations, wood-destroying insects, rotten wood fascia, and other major problems. Clear the gutters and install gutter guards to safeguard against future water damage.
This is also a good time to take a walk around your house and look out for any mould and mildew, foundation cracks, loose shingles or any other roof problems. Also be on the lookout for pest issues and any other signs of water damage.
Water-based problems can be costly to repair. Prevention and maintenance can be cheap if you do it yourself, but if you need to hire a handyman, discuss finance options so that you are not immediately out of pocket.
If your home is completely void of drafts, your appliances are in top-notch condition, and you have no worries about pests or water problems, you can turn your focus to other home improvement projects that will add value to your property and make you home more enjoyable to live in. Next on your list could be minor kitchen work, wood deck additions, or a basement remodel.Read More »