4 Summer Projects to Improve the Value of Your Home
For many people, summer means home improvement. Maybe for you, it’s simply the warmer temperatures. Maybe it’s the fact you’ve got the kids around to lend a hand or that you’ve seen your first electric bill after you’ve had the air conditioner running. Or maybe you’re inspired to having a place to entertain outdoors.
No matter what it is, tackling a home improvement project over the next couple of months can be a great way to spruce up the house – and add a little value onto your home. If that’s the case, here are some ideas that might help get you started.
Install Energy Efficient Windows
For some, warmer weather is easier to handle than cold weather. If that’s the case for you, then now might be a good time to consider installing new energy efficient windows into your home. Even if you can’t stand the heat – these will help you to recover a lot of energy you are wasting by having your air conditioning trickle out the gaps and drafts of some older windows.
According to the Efficient Windows Collaborative, high-performance windows can save you 15-25% of your heating expenses in the winter and 10-40% of cooling costs in the winter. Not only can this reduce the drain on your own energy bill – but should you ever be looking to put your house back on the market, it will be a good way to add value to the list price of your home.
Drop Those Utility Costs Even Further
Still want to reduce your overall utility bill but aren’t in the mood to install new windows all over the house? Well, there are other ways to cool off during the summer without keeping your air conditioning on all summer – all it takes is a few ceiling fans.
While ceiling fans aren’t going to do a great deal to lower the actual temperature of a room, they are great at moving air around – which means you can keep the thermostat a few degrees higher than you might have normally. This can go a long way to reducing your costs over the course of the summer. As an added bonus, the right fan can also be a great way to add a nice accent to the right room.
Brighten Up the Exterior
Most of us keep up with things around the house well enough – vacuum a couple of times a week, hit the bathrooms every weekend, and make sure you do a thorough dusting every month. These kinds of chores go a long way to keeping your house looking neat and tidy.
But what about the larger-scale projects? Larger-scale projects, like power washing the siding of your house or putting a stain down on your back porch, can be easy to put off for a while. But power washing should be done every year while staining a deck should be done between every one and five years. These smaller projects can really improve the overall curb appeal of your home, which will, in turn, increase the property’s value.
Install the Outdoor Space of Your Dreams
We made no promises that all of these ideas would be simple. With that being said, adding a deck, BBQ pit, or outdoor kitchen will make you the envy of the neighborhood – and make your listing stand out when you’re ready to put it on the market.
The amount of time, money, and energy you can put into adding an outdoor space are nearly limitless. If you’re starting fr
om scratch, using simple pavers to create a patio can be an effective way to start. If you already have a deck or patio, take it to the next level by installing a fire pit. If you’re ready to go all out, maybe take a look at what you can do to build an outdoor kitchen.
No matter what projects you hope to tackle this summer, we hope you enjoy all the new ways it allows you to enjoy your home. Don’t forget to correspond with your homeowners’ association or local building codes if necessary. And if you are interested in placing your home on the market soon, contact the team at KK Homes to see how we might recommend boosting your curb appeal today!