After some very turbulent years due to a global pandemic and political unrest and a future that looks similarly uncertain due to the economy and other things, many of us are looking for ways to cut costs and invest for the long run.
If you have some available money you want to spend on home improvements, it’s vital to ensure you put this cash into projects that will pay off financially. Read on for some home revamp ideas that should help you save money over the years.
Put in New Eco-Friendly Appliances
You can start by swapping out older, power-guzzling appliances for newer, more energy-efficient ones, especially if current goods are causing you a lot of expense in repairs and maintenance. Unlike old ones, today’s products are typically manufactured to use as little power as possible. However, when you shop for new items, keep in mind that there are options that will be better in this area than others. It pays to look for appliances with high Energy Star ratings.
Add Ceiling Fans
Sometimes we end up using air conditioning units much more than necessary because we need to cool rooms down a little and there isn’t much breeze coming in. While air-con is handy in the hottest months of the year and certain areas, many times and places aren’t so steamy that we couldn’t get by without the use of ceiling fans.
As such, you might like to install some new products in your home, especially in bedrooms and living areas, so that you can run these items rather than more power-hungry air-conditioning units. You can buy a ceiling fan with lights for rooms where you don’t have enough space for both fans and lights separately, and then there are also low-profile options for rooms with lower ceilings. There are fans to suit all budgets and décor tastes, and they’re affordable products to invest in, too.
Clean and Replace Gutters
Another job worth doing sooner rather than later that will help you cut costs in the future is cleaning and replacing your home’s gutters. If you’re not careful, especially with many trees overhanging the gutters, they can quickly get clogged up with twigs, leaves, small branches, dirt, and other debris. When this happens, the gutters become more likely to rust and get holes in them.
It’s vital to clean out these parts a few times per year at least to prevent these issues and other water damage, mold issues, rotten wood fascia, cracked property foundations, and pest infestations. If you can tell the gutters are very old and already have issues, you may need to replace them. Get a plumber, roofer, or another experienced contractor to check them and provide quotes to install new ones. It can also be worth purchasing gutter guards to help stop a lot of the build-up that can happen, thereby making new gutters last much longer.
Replace or Add to Insulation
If you have an older home, it likely doesn’t have the best insulation in its walls and ceilings. If you want to save money long-term, you might consider adding more or replacing what’s there entirely if it’s not in good condition. Insulation helps to keep properties cooler in summer and warmer in winter and means you don’t have to run HVAC systems so much, saving you significant money over the years.
Utilize a Home Security System
You could also install a home security system at your place to deter burglars and anyone else with an intent to cause harm or havoc. Keeping criminals at bay will help you to save costs on replacing stolen goods, damaged property or items, and more expensive home building and contents insurance.
Many security systems can be installed adequately by a home handyperson, so you may be able to do this job yourself rather than outlaying extra funds to hire an electrician. However, always follow instructions carefully and ensure you don’t electrocute yourself if going for a DIY solution.
Install Solar Panels
Lastly, if you have a decent level of savings in your account, you might want to have some solar panels added to your home’s roof. This home revamp idea is one of the costlier ones, but it can save you plenty of money long-term. Solar panels aren’t as expensive as they used to be, either, and there are options for houses of all sizes, so it’s a feasible option to explore for many households.
These are just some of the renovation solutions you could consider this year or next. Do your research into any that seem appropriate for your situation and budget correctly, and you should eventually find the investment pays for itself.