Your home always has the opportunity and potential to increase its value. There are many tips and plans to invest your time and money into, to give your home a returning investment. First and foremost, it is important to do these things correctly in a safe environment with the proper tools.
When attacking projects and tasks without any professional help, it is important that you prepare and provide yourself with the correct and safe equipment needed to prevent any serious injuries from happening. Wearing suitable eyewear is very important, along with having a sturdy ladder for use. Ladder deaths across the world are most common in the U.S., please test your equipment before use and then double-check it again before beginning your project.
Homeowners looking to spice up their household should always remember to follow one of the cardinal rules of owning a home and put money into projects that will provide a returning investment. This rule basically tells you to invest your money into something that others would do the same in better hopes of having a greater chance at selling your home later down the road. Projects such as landscaping or updating your outside lighting fixtures are two great ideas for this rule. Landscaping can be done on your own to save some money and if done correctly, could last a very long time. But if lawn care is not for you, consider hiring the professionals at TruGreen to maintain your lawn for you. Outdoor lighting fixtures provide a warm appealing mood to those on the outside looking in.
We have talked about safety and outdoor projects, now let’s jump inside the home and find a few things that can be changed to help save you money. Energy is expensive and can suck the money right out of your wallet. Find the energy holes in your home and fix them. Here are a few hacks and tips for you to try:
- LED lighting
- Upgrade appliances
- Smart thermostat
- Better insulation
- Replacing furnace filters
- Lowering the water heater temperature
Since we discussed providing better insulation in your home, believe it or not, one simple trick in establishing that is closing your closet doors regularly. It sounds crazy, but it is true. The other hack that should apply to most homeowners is lowering your water heater temperature. Water heaters tend to average at 140 degrees while the U.S. Department of Energy suggests lowering it to 120 degrees.
There are many more creative and inexpensive ways in helping you save money and extending the timeline of your home. We hope these tips help you and your family enjoy the comfort of your home.