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Small Home Improvements, Big Impact

Small Home Improvements, Big Impact

By Matt Diehl • May 08, 2018

A variety of reasonably-priced upgrades can add comfort, beauty and value to your home. Here are a few to consider:

Attic insulation

There are a lot of upsides to adding insulation to your attic. First, you get to enjoy cooler summers and warmer winters. Second, it can lower your utility costs.1 And third, you can potentially get back more than the cost of the project if you sell your home.2 Sounds like a win-win-win!

Energy efficient appliances

Appliances with an Energy Star label use 10-50% less energy and water than conventional appliances.3 This means you’ll not only get to enjoy that new dishwasher, but it can help you save money on utility costs. Not to mention, it you’re looking to sell your home new appliance could make it more attractive to buyers. Check out these Energy Star certified appliances.

Front door

If you want the most bang for your buck, a new front door can deliver the goods. Not only will it add curb appeal and impress your guests, it could help lower your heating and cooling costs as well. Most impressive of all — if you opt for a steel door replacement, you can get over 91% return on investment when you sell your home.4

Crown molding

Crown molding might be the easiest way to add some character to your home. In addition to looking spectacular, the detail of the wood draws your eyes up which can make your ceiling appear higher. At around $3 per foot, it doesn’t cost much to give your home the royal treatment.

Smart thermostat

Smart thermostats are the future. These sleek and modern devices don’t only look cool, they can save you up to $180 a year on heating and cooling costs.5 Some brands also offer a smartphone app so you can turn up the AC from your couch or on your way home from work. Best of all, at between $250-$500 with installation, they can pay for themselves in a few years.

I like what I did with the place

Minor improvements that make sense can have major impacts for years to come. Have fun giving your home an upgrade or two! 

 

  1. Energy Saver. “Reduce Your Heating Bills with Better Insulation.” Energy.gov. https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/articles/reduce-your-heating-bills-better-insulation (accessed May 3, 2018).
  2. Remodeling Magazine. “2017 Cost vs Value Report.” Remodeling.hw.net. http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2017/ (accessed May 3, 2018).
  3. Energy Star. “Appliances.” Energystar.gov. https://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/manufres/Appliancesfeb2005.pdf?8fd5-1967 (accessed May 3, 2018).
  4. Remodeling Magazine. “2018 Cost vs Value Report.” Remodeling.hw.net. http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2018/ (accessed May 3, 2018).
  5. Energy Star. “Heat & Cool Efficiently.” Energystar.gov. https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=heatcool.prhvac&s=m (accessed May 3, 2018). 

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