Homestead Improvements: Where to Spend Your Money

Reader Contribution by Kacey Bradley
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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. 

4. Upgrade Your Appliances 

Since 1992, engineers follow Energy Star guidelines for constructing appliances to use fewer resources. If you’re still using a dishwasher built during the 1980s, you’re throwing away money on utility bills. Upgrading these devices beautifies your home while saving you money. You can also look for features like ice makers on refrigerators that many buyers find desirable. 

5. Paint 

A fresh coat of paint can make an old home appear new again. Plus, you can complete many painting projects in a single weekend. If you plan to paint your home’s exterior, check the weather forecast. Overly cold conditions can cause clumps, while hot, sticky weather can result in runs. 

6. Spruce Up Your Landscaping 

Your landscaping serves as a welcome mat of sorts. If your trees and bushes are overgrown, your homestead will look shabby. Take the time to remove any branches overgrowing your rooftop — if they drop, they can cause significant damage. Keep bushes cut below the level of windows. Thieves look for cover when they try to break in. 

7. Redo Your Floors for the Long Haul 

If you’re tired of cleaning your carpets, why not invest in a longer lasting and less labor-intensive flooring material? If you have pets, the dander sticks in the nap, causing an odor. Bacteria can accumulate, especially if you wear shoes in the house. Why not consider a quality tile or hardwood surface instead? A hardwood floor can last for generations and only needs refinishing when there is significant damage like warping. 

Spend Your Money Wisely on These Homestead Improvements 

If you want to get more bang for your buck, spend wisely on these improvements. You’ll improve your home’s value and your comfort level! 

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