HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT ADD VALUE & SAVE YOU MONEY
If you are like me, you're always looking for ways to save money, save energy and live a more green life. Whether its something as small as turning off the lights when leaving the room, unplugging your curling wand, or only washing full loads in the dishwasher. Below I have listed 6 simple home improvements that will help you save on your monthly utility bills.
1. LOWER PRESSURE. Showerheads and faucets account for more than 32% of household water use combined. Low flow faucets and showerheads can reduce your water consumption in these areas by as much as 50% and may save you up to $145 a year! Here are some of my favorites : Delta | Delta Rain Head | Moen
2. FIX LEAKS. Leaks comprise 13.7% of household water use. Leaky faucets and pipes increase your water bill and may require expensive repairs if they're ignored. Attempt to inspect your faucets and pipes for wear and tear.
3. GO TANKLESS. Time to update your water heater? You may want to consider going tankless. A tankless water heater can save you up to 20% && you'll never run out of hot water again! Shop Here
4. INSULATION. Good insulation not only helps regulate the temperature of your home, it can also reduce your heating and cooling costs by as much as 20%.
5. THERMOSTAT. Are they really worth it? A programmable thermostat not only improves your comfort from the second you step foot in your home, it also helps you save energy and money.
6. SEAL UP DRAFTS. Have you ever wondered why your home won't stay warm in the winter or cool in the summer? Check your windows–it may be time to replace them and or seal up any leaks.
LET'S ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME–LET'S TALK KITCHENS & BATHROOMS
1. UPGRADE YOUR KITCHEN. I honestly cannot say it enough, Kitchens & Bathrooms sell homes. The kitchen if the heart of your home. A kitchen remodel will not only improve your home's functionality, it may also become a key selling point. The average major kitchen remodel costs between $29,400 and $42,400. However if you are thinking of listing your home and your kitchen is in good shape – a coat of paint may be all you need to freshen up the space.
2. UPGRADE YOUR BATHROOM. Start with your master bathroom first, it is the bathroom that gets the most use and the place where you get ready every day. The average major master bathroom remodel costs between $10,500 and $18,000. For a quick makeover think about painting your cabinets a light gray and changing the cabinet hardware.
3. IMPROVE YOUR HOME DESIGN. One of the most asked for items my buyers look for in a home is an open concept. Meanwhile, changing a home design may seem to be extremely out of the box depending on your home's structure it may be an easy fix–check with your local contractor.
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