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Increase Your Home’s Efficiency and Value with Smart Improvements


The house market is hot right now and while you may not be planning to sell your home, you may be thinking of making home improvements that will not only modernize your home, but also make it more energy efficient and increase its value.

I recently renovated my old home to sell and the new home I purchased, and the most important features in the old home were the old windows and dated kitchen and bath.

In my new home the windows were my main concern.

Here are a few smart tips to help you choose when to make improvements in your home.

Replace Old Windows

The most important way to make your home more energy efficient is by replacing old, drafty windows. For example, if you live in Florida, and want replacement windows in Pensacola you are going to research information on top quality installers in the area. Make sure that you don’t skimp on quality. Get windows that are suitable for your needs and have the appearance you desire.

When should I replace my windows?

Your windows are performing poorly. They leak, have humidity buildup, cracks, chips, rot or termite damage.

Your windows are a safety hazard. They don’t open or close properly, they have busted sashes, are installed poorly.

Your windows aren’t weather efficient. Your windows are single pane, don’t have storm windows or aren’t keeping bad elements out.

The four factors to consider when choosing energy efficient windows models, according to HGTV are frame, glass, design and installation.

When choosing windows, also consider their security. Make sure window locks are safe against professional lock picking tools and do not break easily. Burglar-proof windows by installing window security films and a security alarm near entryways.

Your newly replaced windows deserve stunning curtains and drapes. Take this opportunity to make your window seating more cozy with the best upholstery fabrics available online. Comfortable seats with cushions create a functional and lovely living space.

Update Your Bathroom

Two of the biggest home sellers are kitchens and bathrooms. If you have an old or outdated leaky bathroom with poor functioning fixtures, you should consider bathroom remodeling.  There are many different ways to give your bathroom a facelift.  Here are a few:

Replace your bathtub or shower. Get rid of old, outdated tubs that are cracked or chipped, too small or oversized for the room they’re in.

Remodel your shower. You may want to consider updating to walk-in showers that offer premium looks and plenty of customizations. This will be attractive to potential buyers and make your home look and feel brand new.

Other options include Tub-to-shower conversions where you would get rid of your old tub and replace it with a modern walk in shower.  If you’re more of a tub person, how about upgrading to Walk-in tub installations for a custom look. They are perfect for seniors, are safe and easy for all members in your household, and are comfortable to relax and soak in. If you choose a tub with an acrylic surface, they are low maintenance and are easy to clean. If you are a senior or have a handicap, there are walk in tub options for you as well.  There are wheelchair accessible, two seaters and other designs to choose from.  You can even add therapeutic options including hydro jets.

Whatever you decide to do in your home, I hope these tips help you make the best home improvement decisions to suit your needs.