BY STEVEN J. DIMARE
Most people aren’t aware of how many beneﬁts are realized from simple home improvements. Although homeowners often have work done to correct problems, here are some important but overlooked beneﬁts of having work done on your home.
Beauty and style: With a relatively small amount of money, you can transform your home. You can change your front door for less than $900, while the windows or siding that faces the street can turn heads. Spend $1,400 and put in a bay window that looks impressive on the outside and makes the room inside look much bigger.
There are hundreds of ways to spend a small amount, yet make a big impact.
Operation: New products generally work better than old products. You may find yourself using doors and windows you gave up on years ago. People discover wonderful breezes they haven’t felt in years and save money on air conditioning at the same time.
Increase the value of your home: Whether windows, doors, siding, roofing or insulation, you can expect to recoup 100 percent of the cost. You may want to make your house look nice, but you will also put money in your pocket.
Sell or refinance your home: With many people selling or refinancing their homes, the appraisal amount is more important than ever. People don’t realize that the person coming to appraise your house has leeway based on his/her opinion of your home. Sometimes that opinion is based on how your home looks. When thinking about the value of your home and the transactions involved, it might make sense to spend money to really make a great first impression. Whether it’s the appraiser, realtor or someone considering making an offer on your home, the first impression is important.
Save money on energy costs: With new technologies, you can save as much as 50 percent on your electric, oil and gas bills. If you think about your house as a balloon holding hot air in the winter or cool air in the summer, you save the most energy costs by keeping that air in. Think about that air leaving your home through drafty windows, spaces around doors and hollow walls with little insulation. By changing windows and doors, putting new board insulation under siding and blowing insulation into your attic, you can seal up the leaks and keep that hot or cool air in.
Going green: Most people think a product is green based on the way it is made. Although that is a criterion, the other important factor is the energy savings that product generates once installed. You can save the environment and lower your energy costs at the same time.
Steven J. DiMare is the chief executive officer of Unified Window Systems, Inc. For more information, call (888) 631-2131.