When asked what kind of upgrades homeowners would like to make in their home, most have a similar wish list that includes features like marble or granite counter tops, an open concept kitchen, a remodeled bathroom and a deck.
Privacy is key. With televisions, computers, music and lively conversation, even a small family can make a lot of noise. Bring quiet to the home with the right kind of drywall. SilentFX QuickCut by CertainTeed Gypsum is a revolutionary type of drywall specifically designed to dampen noise and prevent sound from carrying from room to room.
Upgrade the roof. It might cost more, but investing in a high quality roof has two main advantages. One being, it will last longer, so you won’t have to face the expense of re-roofing in another 15 or 20 years. The second is that if you go to sell, having a high quality roof that will last years - even decades - will equate to a better resale value.
Improve indoor air quality. Adding plants and opening windows are two of the easiest ways to improve the indoor air quality of your home. However, there are things you can do in the building process as well. One of these is to install a drywall, such as AirRenew, which is a specialty drywall product designed to actively clean formaldehyde and other volatile chemicals from the air.
Invest in a new furnace. If you find yourself taking too many days off work to meet the furnace repairman, it might be time to have a new furnace installed. Not only do the modern, energy efficient furnaces save as much as $200 a year, but they’re quieter, require less maintenance and, should you go to sell, are a huge perk to potential home buyers.
Fill the cavities between the walls. No matter what climate zone you live in, insulation is incredibly important. There are many types of insulation out there, so be sure to talk to your contractor or builder about what kind is best for the area where you live. The right kind and thickness will save you money on both heating and cooling bills.
Enhance the garage door
A garage door accounts for up to 40 percent of a house’s facade. Often ignored, a bland or ugly garage door is a turnoff to home buyers. However, there’s no need to buy a costly new one. Instead, upgrade your current door with simulated window overlays and decorative handles and hinges from Coach House Accents for upscale appeal at a fraction of the cost. Start by adding a fresh coat of paint to the garage door. Then to get a custom carriage house appearance, add the window panels made from lightweight, durable automotive-grade plastic resin. Finish with hinges and handles that mimic high-end forged metal. Coach House Accents can be purchased online at www.coachhouseaccents.com, www.amazon.com and at select Lowe’s stores nationwide.
Spruce up your entrance
The holiday entertaining season is just around the corner and if you’re planning on having friends and family over, giving your entrance way a quick makeover can make your guests feel more welcome. Whether you have a foyer or a long hall, you can give your guests a place to gather by adding a table and decorating it with holiday-themed accessories. You can also add a pair of occasional chairs or a long bench so that your guests can sit for a conversation or a place to sit and remove shoes or boots. If your entrance features a long hallway, you can make your home feel more welcoming by adding a family photo gallery or a collection of family photos and artwork.
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Take care of your roots
With the air cooling and leaves beginning to turn colors, you might think tending to your garden is an activity that can wait until the spring, but a little bit of work in the fall can pay dividends when the temperatures begin to rise again. Whether you have a flower garden or a vegetable garden, taking care of your plants’ roots systems is important. Although the air above ground will cool and even freeze, the soil surrounding your plants will remain warm. This encourages plants to focus their energy on growing their roots. By fertilizing your garden now, you can help your plants build more robust root systems, which will also be more resistant to drought. With a built-up root system, you will spend less money and on fertilizing and watering your garden in the spring.
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