When making home improvements one of the priorities is usually the need to have a return for your money. Whether it’s something that saves you money in the long-run or something that is going to add value to your home there is an abundance of projects that you can complete. Some are considered expensive and some are minimal costs. Some even include modernizing your home into the digital age.
As a homeowner, you’re going to want to embark on projects that you not only need the help of professionals for but also can complete yourself. Often this is the only way some people can afford to complete renovation projects as professional help can sometimes add unneeded costs.
Have a look below at some of the ways you can make improvements to your home that will save you money in the long run:
Install A Programmable Thermostat
There are a few options when it comes to your thermostat. You can choose to install a programmable thermostat or go one step further and install a smart one. Home automation is on the rise, it will not only benefit you by allowing you to control it from your phone but also make it appealing if you were ever to consider selling. It’s been proven that having a thermostat that is programmable saves you money in the long-run as you tend to have your heating on less often and it’s managed better.
Add Insulation To Your Attic
If you haven’t already got this in place, it’s a good idea to have your attic fully insulated. You lose a lot of valuable heat through your roof so therefore insulation is the key to saving on your fuel consumption. Often there are government schemes around that can do this for free for you, so you may not even need to spend any funds on the project. It’s advisable to get a professional to complete the work if you can’t get funding due to the nature of the job and materials used.
Install A Low Flow Shower Head
Although we all like to have a power shower that’s going to be enjoyable and working properly, installing a slower flow showerhead could save you money on your water bill. With your water bill one of your biggest utility bills, it’s not surprising that people are on the lookout for a way to save money in this area. A family can look to save a considerable amount from swapping their shower heads around the house, and if you have more than one shower in your home you will be saving even more. If you’re concerned about the quality of shower, manufacturers have become extremely good at making sure you’re still getting a quality spray when using low flow.
Replace Your Roof
Yes, your roof may be a large expense, however, if your roof has passed it’s prime it becomes essential. It will, however, save you money on your home insurance premium and your energy bills. Having a sound, solid roof can help to protect you from bad weather and decrease your insurance by around twenty percent. You can’t grumble at that. If you opt for a cool roof it will not only help with energy bills but it will also help with the summer months and the need to use air conditioning. You may find that having a cool roof doesn’t cost much more than a standard roof either.
Add Ceiling Fans
In the summer months it can be very easy to crank up the air conditioning, and who wouldn’t want to walk into an oasis of cool air around the home when it’s hot outside? However, air conditioning can be extremely costly and you may find that you end up with a huge bill at the end of it, not to mention the maintenance costs, especially if you have it around the whole of your home. An easy way to help with costs in this area is to add ceiling fans in the main living spaces such as bedrooms, kitchen, dining room and living room. If you’re worried about the way they look you, there are plenty of designs such as a windmill styled ceiling fan or contemporary designs available to all tastes. It will help to circulate air. You may find it a good idea to have one air conditioning unit and use the fans to circulate the cool air around your home.
Swap To Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
Although changing to energy-efficient bulbs can be a little bit of an expense to start with, changing to energy-efficient lighting in just your most-used lighting can save you a considerable amount on your yearly utility bill. Using CFL or LED bulbs is much better for you and the environment and they even last longer than incandescent. If you want to save even more money you could look to install app-controlled bulbs that you can control from your phone. You can add them to a schedule and allow them to turn off themselves, saving you money in the long-run.
Add Hardwood Flooring
Yes, it’s true that wooden flooring is more expensive than having a carpet installed however they can be a real money-saver in the long run. Whether you’re looking to sell in the future or are going to take full advantage yourself hardwood flooring can both add value and appeal to your home. If you’re already in your forever home then you’ll be happy to know that hardwood flooring lasts for triple the amount of time that carpets do especially if they’re well cared for. Not only this but having hardwood flooring rather than carpets is known for being more cleanly and it doesn’t hold on to as much dust or germs. There are many options when it comes to hardwood flooring, it’s ideally suited to downstairs living areas, with carpets in the bedrooms. If you want to add a little bit of comfort you can take the opportunity to decorate your new flooring with rugs and runners.
These are only a few ways that you can improve the home that saves you money in the long-run. Do you have any others that you can share in the comments section below?