Ah, spring—soon the flowers will be blooming, the trees will be budding and a man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love. Love? Oh heck no, home improvement! Out with the old and in with the new! It’s time to not only improve your home’s value but welcome the quickly approaching spring and summer seasons.
Did you spend the winter feeling the cold wind blowing through the living room? Or was there a wind chill factor in the bedroom that had nothing to do with the wife’s mood? Yup, it’s time for new windows. Window replacement, which typically costs $450 to $2,000 per window, can recoup 73 percent to 77 percent of the cost when you decide to sell your house but your most immediate benefit is lower energy costs. For a typical home, ENERGY STAR windows will save you from $126–$465 a year when replacing single-pane windows and $27–$111 a year over double-pane, clear glass replacement windows. New windows is one of the smartest investments you can make.
A New Furnace
If you noticed you had to turn your thermostat higher to get your home warm and keep it warm, or some of your radiators were barely working—or worse they were cold—you could use a new furnace. The high efficiency furnace pros include low long-term energy costs and low CO2 emissions. These types of furnaces are ideal for those in in harsher winter regions, such as Wisconsin. One of the major cons for high efficiency furnaces is cost. These systems cost more than mid-efficiency ones. At the same time, a higher-efficiency furnace will pay for itself over time in fuel cost savings. In addition, the installation costs for a high efficiency furnace may be higher than the installation costs for mid-efficiency furnace. If any retrofitting is required to the current ductwork, plumbing or ventilation, the installation costs will be significantly higher. Weigh the pros and the cons for your home and budget but keep in mind those weeks of dangerous wind chills and high energy costs. With the winters becoming harsher and longer a good energy efficient furnace is a must have. Sometimes you can save money by buying a new furnace during the ‘’off’’ season.
After the ambush of holiday visitors, your carpet probably looks like it has seen better days. Instead of trying to save your dingy carpets, opt instead to install hardwood flooring. Wood floors are healthier than carpet and so much easier to clean. Hardwood has kept its popularity for so many years because of its high resale value for you home and because of its durability, easy repair, and beauty. It’s not only healthy for your family, it’s healthy for the earth, it’s very green. Hardwood is available in a huge variety of colors and species—there’s one for your style home and room style guaranteed. If you like your room’s light and sunny stick to the lighter shades of wood, the darker shades tend to absorb light.
Rugs, Throw Pillows and Art
Roll up your dark rugs or those in fall and winter colors and buy new spring bright rugs to give your rooms a fresh colorful look for the warmer months. You might want to go coastal and chose rugs in the colors of sea and sand. Or remove rugs completely and create a cool clean streamline look for your home. Add some new throw pillows also in beachy colors and/or prints. Buy some new beach art prints for a new look too.
The days are getting longer let more natural light into your home for lower electric bills and better lighting. Install new window treatments that will let more natural light in. Plantation shutters are very nice looking and allow the maximum amount of natural light in while providing privacy at night. These shutters are right for any style home or room style from traditional to coastal to contemporary. To save some money look for unpainted shutters and paint or stain them yourself to suit your color scheme.
Add some additional living space by building a porch, patio or deck onto your home. A three season porch you can use in all but the coldest months and gives you more for your money. A grilling deck is great for those long evenings and a patio with a fire pit gives warmth when the evening turns chilly and you can make some family memories around the fire toasting marshmallows and making s’mores or getting romantic.
Whether you’re looking forward to good times this summer or a warmer and less expensive winter the right home improvement project this spring will get you where you want to be.