Sunday, June 19, 2011

Summer Time Home Improvement Projects, Dallas TX

Summer Time is here ... let the Home Improvement projects begin!  Whether they're classified as maintenance, updating or energy saving, they should make your homeownership more enjoyable while increase the value of your home!
Remodeling magazine's 2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report suggests that some improvements are a better investment than others.  Front door and garage door replacements are two of the easiest and return the greatest percentage of cost on resale.
Kitchen and bathroom updates transform an older home and instantly give visitors and buyers a fresh impression. Countertops and appliances can be expensive but yield great results.  Painting the cabinets and replacing the hardware is much less expensive to change the look and feel of the rooms.
Energy efficiency enhancements can improve your enjoyment of the home and help save money on utility costs. Here's a list of a few energy efficient changes. You can also find more ways to be energy efficient & save more money here.
  • Replace older appliances - refrigerators, ceiling fans, water heaters, air-conditioners
  • Add insulation or radiant barrier to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter
  • Seal air leaks around doors and windows; holes in attics and crawl spaces with caulk, spray foam or weather stripping
  • Seal all heating and cooling system ducts
Before doing your next Home Improvement on your Dallas home, try looking through the eyes of a buyer to see what features date your home the most. This could help create your order in which you tackle the projects.