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Posted by TEAM Metrowest on 3/13/2019

Upgrading the look and feel of your home doesnít mean you have to break the bank. You can actually carry out a lot of home improvement plans on your home even when you are on a budget. Check this list below for the top 7 home improvement ideas you can execute. As an added benefit, they may come in handy if you decide to sell your house and you are looking to get more value from it.

  1. Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door and rooms. Repainting any place always has that feel of newness that it brings with it. You can make even the ugliest of walls come alive by adding a new coat of paint. Little wonder repainting is the most carried out home improvement hack.
  2. Install new wallpaper. Removable wallpapers are another fancy way of making your rooms look new. If you have a great eye for matching colors and patterns, you might consider buying yourself nicely designed wallpaper that matches the rest of your decorations. You could even decide to get a piece of wall art that matches your wallpaper.
  3. Change the lighting. The ambiance light fixtures give to a house can do a great deal of changing the way a home feels. One new chandelier can definitely increase the quality of lighting in a room and make it fancier.
  4. Work on your kitchen cabinets. You can either decide to add more storage in your kitchen by taking advantage of the extra spaces you have between walls or choose to upgrade your current cabinets by replacing the handles and giving them a new coat of paint.
  5. Take your rugs and carpets to professional cleaners. While regular vacuuming just takes care of dirt, dust and pet fur, taking your carpets to professional drycleaners will get rid of long-standing stains, mold, and other allergens, and give your carpets a fresh look on the outside. 
  6. Replace old fittings. Go out on a limb and replace old and worn outdoors and door handles, electrical wall sockets, showerheads, and faucets. You would be surprised at how much better your home will look.
  7. Plant some vegetation in the exterior. An assortment of potted plants and garden-variety vegetation around your walkway wonít cost you a lot but will help to make your home look warm and inviting. Ask your neighborhood horticulturist for suggestions on plants and vegetation that donít require lots of maintenance.

Ask your real estate agent for the best upgrades to improve the value of your home.





Posted by TEAM Metrowest on 11/15/2017

While some home improvement projects are done purely for aesthetic reasons, window replacement projects offer a wide range of benefits.

If your current windows are decades old, they're probably difficult to clean, provide poor insulation, and get stuck every time you try to raise or lower them.

Old wooden window frames also tend to deteriorate over time, which negatively impacts both their appearance and their ability to seal out drafts and outdoor temperatures.

Modern, energy-efficient windows make older models look like they're straight out of the Stone Age! Many windows manufactured today meet strict U.S. government standards for energy efficiency and durability, which can help you save money on your home energy bills. These new features include multiple panes of glass, which provide improved insulation and impact resistance. Instead of using just plain air, many of these advanced windows are insulated with non-toxic gases, such as argon and krypton. (As long as you're not Superman, you'll do just fine!) If you're willing to pay extra, there's also the option of having mini-blinds inserted between the panes of glass.

Reducing Home Energy Costs

According to the EPA, "Replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR certified windows lowers household energy bills by an average of 12 percent nationwide. Lower energy consumption also reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and shrinks a house's carbon footprint."

Energy Star-certified windows also have special coatings that reflect both infrared and ultraviolet light. That not only helps keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, but it helps stop the sun's rays from fading furniture colors, flooring, and other materials.

Some of the newer windows are available with three or more layers of glass panes, which can help make your home more comfortable and quieter. If external noise is an issue, installing well-insulated windows with multiple panes can reduce that problem significantly.

Although many of the new window products are constructed of wood, they're often covered with vinyl or aluminum to be more weather resistant and durable. Fiberglass is another low-maintenance, durable material that offers good insulation qualities.

Cost Versus Benefits

While a window replacement project can take a big chunk out of your home improvement budget or bank account, it does provide a return on your investment. In addition to the fact that your home energy costs should decrease, installing new, energy-efficient windows will improve your home's marketability in the future. If and when you decide to put your home on the market, the fact that you've installed energy-efficient, easy-to-use window replacements will be a major selling point in the minds of prospective buyers.

As is the case with all home improvement contractors, it's always a good idea to get several estimates and check references, read online reviews, and take a look at Better Business Bureau ratings before choosing someone to handle the project.







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