Saturday, 16 December 2017

Regal Renovations: 5 Renovating Tips to Try Before Winter Comes

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:00

Once you've gotten comfortable in your first home, you may start wondering about improvements that you could make. You can both customize it to your liking and perhaps increase its value. Fall is the perfect time, when humidity is low and the temperature isn't too hot or too cold. You'll also want to prepare your residence for the frosty weather to come. Here are a few improvements to try before the winter sets in.

Painting

If any part of your home could use some paint, fall is the time to do it. Hot summer sun can cause exterior paint to dry too fast, while in frosty weather it may not dry well. Either extreme leads to unsightly paint jobs. To get the most from a simple paint job, indoors or outside, come up with some fun, creative ideas and do some exploring in your local paint store.

Upgrade Appliances

The fall could also be a good time to replace your old appliances with more energy-efficient models. In the winter cold, you'll want your hot water heater and heating units to be reliable. New units pay for themselves over time by reducing your utility bills. Look for Energy Star-certified appliances that include a label showing the estimated cost of operation.

Install Energy-Efficient Windows

Windows are one of the chief sources of heat loss in the winter. Because of this, considering replacement windows in New Jersey and other northern states can be a great way to save energy, and therefore money. There are a wide array of distinctive insulated windows that can transform the look of your home. Energy-efficient windows also help save on your heating bills for many years to come, and qualify you for green tax credits. You may even receive credits from your local utility company. 

Roofing

The roof over your head has to stand up to accumulated ice and snow and the spring melt. Water that gets into your home could cause wood rot, mold, wiring problems, and draw pests like termites. The fall would be a good time to have your roof redone. Instead of standard asphalt tiles, think about new products like durable metal tiles that are contoured or coated with different substances for a selection of unique looks.

Locate a Contractor

If you have any doubts at all about your own ability to do renovations, or do them right, think about calling in a local contractor. A licensed and experienced professional will not only be able to do things better and faster, but eliminate the risks to your own safety, like climbing ladders. They can also deal with legalities like permits and local building codes. All considered, working with a professional contractor is a wise investment.

With a little forethought, it's possible to prepare your home for winter in ways that increase it's curb appeal and value. To ensure the best outcome, get an estimate from a professional.

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Kara Masterson

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Kara is the youngest of four. She has two hilarious brothers and one beautiful sister. She also is the aunt of 4 crazy little girls that she loves more than anything!! Kara is not yet able to be a mom, but she loves being around kids and being like a second mom to her nieces. She dreams of the day that she can start her own little family.

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