The time is right for investing in a home improvement project. You’re excited, your family’s excited and all you need now is to talk to your roofing contractor.
Actually, you can get a new roof and expect to enjoy its benefits, including a potential home value increase, but a roof replacement is not the only project you can invest your time and money in. Before you start that labor of love, here are some of the best home improvements that actually pay off.
A deck is almost like an American tradition. We love decks for entertaining, getting together for a barbecue, spending some time with the family over a meal, relaxing and communing with nature. A good wood deck can add living space to your home. You can enjoy your deck year-round if your area is generally sunny. Adding a deck is a project that goes well with other work, such as roof repair. You can recoup up to 82% of what you spend on a wooden deck if you sell your home.
2. Roof Replacement
As mentioned above, a roof replacement is a great investment if you’re trying to raise the value of your home. If you live in an old house, chances are you need a new roof already. Old homes have outdated roofing materials. Your roof may also be leaking or is about to develop some leaks. Water damage can lead to a host of other problems that cost money and time. If mold grows in your home, it can affect the health of your family. Mold removal can be a costly hassle.
There is also the matter of energy efficiency. You can find a good contractor to do your roof repair, but your old roof is not likely to have energy efficiency as a top function. Of course, you should also think about aesthetics. If your roof is dilapidated, it immediately affects your home’s value. Not only that, but a roof in poor condition can affect the value of properties in your entire area. Your neighbors will appreciate improvements to your home.
3. Window Replacement
These days, one of the first things a buyer would check is the type of windows on a home they’re eyeing. Older homes were built during a time before energy efficiency was a concern. Some contractors and homeowners probably thought about it, but the technology simply wasn’t available back then.
Today, though, you can buy better windows to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Double-pane windows with a gas fill are way better than single-pane windows in protecting your home from heat transfer and air leaks.
Frame materials are also more advanced. They look and function better. The same is true about hardware. Composite, wood and vinyl windows today are better than older options. They last much longer too, so they come with stronger warranties.
It’s important to determine whether your windows are due for replacement as soon as possible. Windows play a part in completing your home’s thermal envelope. Whichever part of that thermal envelope is damaged should be repaired immediately. Get your windows replaced or repaired if the glass breaks. Emergency roof repair and window replacement professionals are trained to deal with such issues in the shortest possible time.
It’s possible to recoup up to 80% of the cost of new windows if you sell your home.
4. Kitchen Remodel
You can do a simple kitchen remodel by removing old appliances and fixtures, as well as replacing old countertops with modern options like natural stone slabs. Call your remodeling and roofing contractor to talk about this option.
You can also ask them about something more complex, which includes replacing the floor and adding a pretty backsplash for your cooking and food preparation areas. Consider adding an island, as well. This is a step above a simple remodel as it usually involves adjusting, moving or replacing the plumbing.
Of course, if you want to go all out, you can, as long as the budget permits it. Do a complete makeover of your kitchen. You can even build out to expand the floor space, or get rid of non-weight bearing walls separating the kitchen from the dining area or living room if you want an open floor plan.
Kitchen expansions and renovations are a great investment. Expect to recoup up to 90% when you resell your home. In some cases, recouping up to 110% is possible.
VillWell Builders, LLC, can help with your home improvement projects. We also offer emergency roof repair and other services. Call us today at (203) 879-2118 or fill out our contact form to start your new home improvement project.