You never know where you're going to find great ideas. This week, I saw a newspaper article in a Pennsylvania newspaper that suggests some solid home remodeling ideas for people reluctant to spend money in a struggling economy. The article cites a study from the Pella Corporation that claims this is actually a good time to upgrade your home, its curb appeal, and make renovations that help save on energy costs. Sounds good to me!
I was skeptical of the report because it comes from a window products manufacturer, but the suggestions sound workable, sound, and positive for homeowners. Let's look at a few.
Improve Your Entryway and Windows
The Altoona Mirror writes that adding a pre-finished door and windows to a tired façade can entice future buyers. By adding ENERY STAR rated windows, you can boost curb appeal and at the same time add as much as a 30 percent reduction in energy use. The reduction can carve almost $500 from your annual heating and cooling costs. Another plus is the up to $1,500 federal tax credit you can claim if you complete your window project by the end of 2010.
As the warm, sunny weather improves, take a walk around the outside of your home and check for paint or siding wear and other weather damage.
Improving or Renovating for Spring
In a PR Newswire press release, Owens Corning suggests that homeowners consider adding additional insulation to the attic, if they have less than a foot-thick layer in there now. It's also a good time, with weather improving, to inspect your roofing for winter damage and schedule repairs if necessary. It's definitely time to get out the ladder and examine your gutters. Clean them out and look for damage.
If you have gutter damage and corresponding wall or exterior paint damage, then you may want to go down to the basement and see if there's additional damage there. If you haven't already discovered, damage in one part of your home may be a sign of more severe damage elsewhere.
Lastly, if you're about done with using your furnace for the winter, it's time to replace all the filters in your HVAC unit and inspect the ducts before firing up the air conditioner for summer cooling. You can improve the efficiency of the AC system by cleaning air registers, according to the report.
Now that your home life begins to move outdoors, why not consider adding an outdoor shower and Japanese hot tub? Thinking of using the patio during the spring and fall? We can help you choose some outdoor heaters.