The seasons are starting to change in Virginia, home improvement season is what’s rolling in. Homeowners are starting to gear up for the winter by making the necessary improvements to their home so that they are far more comfortable and energy efficient.
If you’re like most homeowners, then you’ve probably got a laundry list of home improvements that you need or would like to make within your home. IT’s likely a list, either physical or mental, that’s been growing for some time now. The list contains a multitude of rooms, probably some home improvement projects for the kitchen or some other home improvement ideas for the bathroom and living room area.
Maybe you’re even feeling a little lavish and want to do some remodeling to your master bedroom to make a bit more comfortable or romantic.
Whatever the case, you know that your list isn’t going to get tackled all at once. Some of the projects are just going to have to wait a while. That new addition that you want so your mother in law has someplace to go(away) …yeah, that’s one that might have to wait a little while.
There are some home improvement projects that should be done now though, so it’s time to prioritize your list of projects. Above all else, if you’re in an aged home that hasn’t seen an update in a while you should move your projects to the top of the list that have anything to do with improving the energy efficiency of your home.
Some of the more important projects in this regard:
Sealing the Home: Strip away old caulk and silicone sealant throughout your home and reseal areas that need it such as small openings, cracks, gaps in windows and trim, around tubs and sinks, etc Use expanding insulation foam for other areas such as pipe holes
Window Replacements: New windows can do a lot to improve the energy efficiency of your home and they’re always a great home improvement idea. Aside from the energy savings you’re adding value to your investment (the home) and increasing the curb appeal which is always a bonus. It’s nice to get compliments on the work you do around your home.
Insulation: If your home needs new insulation, such as within the attic (especially if you don’t have any or yours is extremely old) you can work with a general contractor to improve the insulation within your home.
Roofing: It’s always a good time to have a general contractor inspect the condition of your roof to decide if it’s time to improve, repair or replace the roof in your home.
Heating and Cooling: Have a general contractor inspect your heating and cooling systems, including the duct work, to ensure that you’re getting the most of your furnace. Leaks within the duct work or a furnace that’s not running at peak performance can be a big drain during the color months.
Granted, these may not be the most enjoyable home improvement projects but they add a lot of value to your home and can ensure a safe transition through the cold months. You’ll get a fair return on your Virginia home improvement investment when you’re saving money on your energy utilities this winter, making the whole project worth while.