Being a homeowner is a satisfying feeling, but it also comes with responsibilities. You will have to keep on top of the housework and DIY jobs, and – of course – pay your bills, or you will get into trouble. What if there were some home renovation projects that can be completed in a few days and increased the value and efficiency of your home at the same time? The good news is that there are. You can put the below tips to use to reduce your bills and increase the resale value of your house.
No matter if you live in a house built in the last century or much earlier, there is always room for improvement when it comes to insulation. You could get secondary glazing on the windows and walls, get some thermal underlay on the floors next time you lay your new tiles or flooring, or simply get your loft insulated. If your wall is porous, you can find companies that can add some insulating foam inside the cracks, so you are not losing that much energy during the winter.
If you have old, single pane windows, it might be time for a change. An added pane will reduce your heating and air conditioning and make your home appear more modern. Be sure to shop around for Replacement Windows and choose the style and size that matches your needs and your style. The good news is that you are able to purchase double pane windows in traditional styles, so you don’t have to ruin the appearance of your old cottage or farmhouse.
To save money on your insurance bills, you might consider getting an alarm system installed. If you spend a lot of time away from the house and in the garden, or love taking holidays or day trips, having an alarm will give you a peace of mind. The systems are available for a couple of hundred dollars, and once you found the certified professional to install the alarm, you can let your insurance company know about the improvement and save hundreds a year for a long time to come.
No matter if you would like to set up your own B and B business or simply use the barn conversion as a workshop or guest room, when it comes to selling your house, you will be able to impress buyers. A barn conversion can increase the value of your home instantly, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. If you are self employed, you might even move your office to the converted barn, saving hundreds of dollars or more a year by not having to pay rent.
If you are living in a rural and remote area, you are likely to attract older retired buyers when it comes to selling your home. Adding a greenhouse will be a great idea. However, growing your own fruit and vegetables has other benefits, as well. You will be able to save on your grocery shopping and reduce your food waste. If you have animals, you can grow their food there, and make sure that you and your pets are getting the freshest food possible. You can even make your own jam and preserves, saving a lot of money and having fun in the process.
Installing solar panels is becoming cheaper every year. You will find that your initial investment is returned in just a couple of years. At the same time, you will reduce your electricity and heating bills for years to come, and become independent of suppliers. You can store your energy in large batteries, so if there is a power cut, you don’t have to watch your food in the freezer to to waste. Solar panels can generate all the energy you need, and even more, so you can sell it back to the big power firms.
If you are not living on the sunny side, you might be able to tap into wind energy. If you have enough clearance and can make sure that you are not distracting the wildlife in the area, you can get wind turbines to generate your electricity.
When it comes to owning your home, you need to make the right decisions that will save you money and increase the value of your investment at the same time. Put these tips in use, and you can have more money left every month after paying your bills. (Image source.)