Homestead Improvements: Where to Spend Your Money



Are you thinking of tackling a bit of home improvement? Depending on the climate where you live, it could be the perfect time of year. What improvements give you the biggest bang for your renovation buck? 

When it comes to valuing improvements, two factors come into play. One consideration is how different upgrades improve your resale value. The other condition to explore is how much energy you can save. Tackle the following projects for maximum impact. 

1. Seal Your Windows 

When you sit by your picture window in winter, do you catch a chill? If so, it's time to caulk up your windows or look into replacing them. If you live in an older home, you may need to buy new. However, many small cracks fill in a snap with the use of caulk. To apply, cut off old caulk, and clean the area thoroughly. Tape off any areas you don't want to splatter, like your glass. 

2. Inspect and Repair Your Roof 

Twice per year, you do well to inspect your roof for any damage. While you do so, take time to seal any cracked mortar around the joints of your roof. Unrepaired leaks can lead to mold and drywall damage. Over time, water damage can severely compromise the structural integrity of your abode. 

3. Renovate Your Garage With Storage 

When you ask many homebuyers what features they appreciate, additional garage storage invariably makes the list. Many buyers have multiple toys and tools they hope to secure within. Plus, insulating your garage and upgrading your door can improve your home's energy efficiency and save you money on heating and cooling. If you live in a cold climate, it also keeps the winter weather from damaging your vehicle. 

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