People generally think that home renovation and home improvement is going to be extremely expensive. For the most part, they’re right. Of course, there are things you can do to lighten the financial load. It is possible to have a nice home without spending a crazy amount of money to get there. It just means you might have to do a little DIY or wait a little longer until something goes on sale.
However, for the home owner looking to upgrade their house sooner than later, the financial burden of upgrading isn’t really a burden if you to the upgrading in the right places. A little money spent wisely can mean big savings for your pocketbook later. Curious about what that means? Here are 3 ways you can actually save money with different home related upgrades:
Install Energy Efficient Windows
If you’re finding that your energy bill is high every month and you’re not sure why, take a look the windows in your home. Are they old? Are they single paned? Is the sealant cracked or old enough to the point that you can feel a draft coming from the outside? Replacing your windows to new, energy-efficient models is a great way to save yourself money in the long run.
Consider installing double-paned windows to keep the heat in your home in the winter and to keep the cold in during the summer. If you ignore your windows, you’ll be throwing money out the window in energy, so it’s worth it to do the replacements, front the cost, and then watch your money come back to you in savings.
Choose Durable Flooring
Your floors get beat up. They’re high traffic areas, and if you have children, the amount of stress put on your floors is often enough to inflict serious damage physically as well as in the financial department when you have to replace your hardwood floors because they’re absolutely trashed. When you’re upgrading or remodeling your home, choose durability before anything else.
Some woods are softer than others, so if you like hardwood, choose one that has a better track record for durability. Flooring is expensive, so if you keep this in mind from the beginning, you’ll save yourself the expense of having to refinish or completely replace a subpar floor.
Insulation has gone through an evolution throughout the years. Older homes often don’t have a lot of insulation which means that energy is wasted. Wasted energy is wasted money. When you’re remodeling, or even building a home, research your insulation and don’t skimp on it. The more you use, the more efficient your house will be and sound won’t carry through the house as easily.