Our Guide to Renovations Before the New Year

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Renovations

Why not start the New Year off right by saving money? Most people wouldn’t automatically assume that renovating a home helps you to save money. Yet, it does. By fixing what may seem like small inconveniences now, homeowners can get ahead of any major problems down the road. 

  1. Windows
    Ideally, you would want to replace your windows during the warmer months because it is more convenient then. However, a professional installation company will get the job done no matter the season. As a homeowner, however, it would be in your best interest to replace faulty or old windows before the New Year so your savings can start sooner rather than later. 

Waiting too long for replacement windows means that your damaged or rotten windows can start to cause problems that spread elsewhere (like excessive mold growth), which is a serious health concern. Also, any signs of rotting wood should be tended to immediately, as this could be an indication of structural damage.

ENERGY STAR windows are a great option for window replacement. Few realize that the benefits of ENERGY STAR windows include cost-efficiency as well as energy-efficiency. In comparison, utility bills are not as high because ENERGY STAR windows keep the rooms better insulated.

2. Doors
Besides improving the look of the home, installing a new entry door can save you money, which is a win-win situation for any homeowner. The natural elements can put some wear and tear on exterior doors. Wooden doors, just like windows, can rot or warp, and are the worst culprit for energy waste. It all depends on how severe the seasons have been. 

When looking for a window or door replacement company, make sure they provide warranties for products for as long as you own your home. You want to work with a professional crew that stands behind its products and doesn’t just employ sub-contractors to do the job.

3. Lighting
As every homeowner knows, the electricity bill is one of the first to increase when the cold weather starts to settle in. Get ahead of it this year by renovating your home’s lighting.

First, begin by cleaning off your light fixtures. This may seem like too simple of a task to make a difference, but you’d be surprised how much lighting can be covered under a layer of dust. Secondly, replace as many fixtures as you can with LED bulbs, including any exterior lighting. 

These are substantially more energy-efficient than CFL or Incandescent light bulbs. Finally, install dimmers. Just about every room in the home can benefit from having a light dimmer. Not only does it give your home a soft, mellow vibe, but it will also save you some money in the long run by not using as much electricity.

With the holidays right around the corner, money is sure to get spent and generously. Yet, putting money into your home is an investment that will surely pay off now and in the future. As a homeowner, it’s important to make that distinction. So instead of giving your money away to these utility companies this winter, create a quick renovation plan and start saving.

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