Owning a home is an amazing achievement. Unfortunately, that achievement also comes with the responsibility of updating your home when the occasion calls for it. Even if you own one of the 5.4 million existing homes sold in 2019, it’s likely that it was built far before you set foot inside. If you’re wondering what home improvements you need to make first, here are a few to help you get started.
Replace the Roof
Your roof is absolutely essential to keeping you warm and dry. And since most asphalt shingle roofs only last for about 15 years, it’s probably a good idea to at least get yours inspected. If your roofing company finds cracked or missing shingles or determines that the roof is on its last legs, a replacement needs to be your top priority. Without proper roofing, you open yourself up to the risk of leaks, heat loss, and all manner of other issues. Considering that your furniture is the third most expensive purchase you’ll ever make after your house and your car, protecting it from water damage should be a top priority for you. It’s also important to note that replacing your roof will likely help you save money on your energy bills, as well. This is especially true of cool metal roofing. This type of roofing actually helps deflect heat away from your home. Combined with excellent insulation, you just might find that you’re using less energy for heating and cooling. Replacing your roof might seem like a big expense up front, but it’s really a high-quality investment on your part.
Remodel Your Kitchen
Creating a modern, functional kitchen can work wonders for your home. Not only will it likely make you want to spend more time in your kitchen, but it also comes with an excellent return on investment (ROI). In fact, a minor kitchen remodel typically reaps an ROI of about 80% or more. If you’re considering a minor kitchen remodel, here are a few key areas to look at for improvement.
- Hardware (cabinet handles, faucet, etc.)
- Major appliances
If you can pinpoint just a few of these key areas that you want to improve, you’re on your way to planning a great minor kitchen remodel. Sometimes all it takes is some new countertops and updated light fixtures to set your kitchen apart. Add a fresh coat of paint and you’ll be proud to host dinner parties at your place. Considering that U.S. homeowners pay almost $88 billion toward community associations, this could be a great opportunity to really feel like you’re settling into the community you want to invest in.
Invest in New Windows
Have you ever walked by one of your windows only to feel a chilly breeze during the winter? If you answered yes, then it’s probably time to look at replacing your old windows ASAP. Even though socks have been keeping feet warm and healthy for millennia and an extra pair might not cost as much, you’ll thank yourself for replacing your drafty old windows. Replacing your old windows will not only help you stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, but it can also help you spend less on energy bills. When your home is more effective at retaining warm and cool air, your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard or as often to maintain a consistent temperature inside. As a result, you could start seeing much lower utility bills and using less energy overall.
Whether you’re in your first home or your fifth, making appropriate home renovations is a key part of being a responsible homeowner. While these are the most popular, also remember your garage needs love too. Don’t neglect these improvements!