New and existing homeowners are always keen to enhance their property and there are a number of home improvements that can be worthwhile. As well as making your home more functional, these savvy projects could save you money in the long-term and may even increase the value of your home…
Install a home security system
Security is a must for any homeowner and investing in a reliable home security system could be the best investment you ever make. Unwanted trespassers usually look for homes that appear to have no security systems in place, so you could avoid your home being made a target simply by having cameras or alarms in place. In addition to this, many home insurers offer discounts to customers with home security systems in place so installation could pay for itself.
Take a look at solar panels
Although solar panels can be fairly costly to install, they can save you money on utilities. With many people saving tens of thousands of dollars over a lifetime, solar panels are an environmentally-friendly way to minimize your reliance on damaging fuels and they can help to save you money as well.
Improve home automation
Smart tech may be relatively new to homeowners but it’s been around for a long time. Now available in a myriad of setups, you can automate almost anything in your property. Potential buyers tend to favor homes with smart tech already installed, so using home automation systems can increase the value of your property if you decide to sell. In the meantime, using home tech to manage your lighting, heating and utilities can reduce your consumption and your bills.
Most homeowners spend a significant chunk of their budget on water but there are some alternative plumbing options which could cut your usage. Running your dishwasher less and waiting until it’s full is a simple way to reduce your bills, for example. Similarly, upgrading your washing machine hose regularly is a low-cost way of avoiding floods and plumbing catastrophes. If you’re renovating or redecorating, now might be the perfect time to install a low flow shower head or thermostatic mixing valve on your water heater, as both can reduce the amount of water you use.
Use ceiling fans
When temperatures rise, most homeowners automatically switch on the AC but this can quickly produce high bills. Using ceiling fans can actually reduce your reliance on AC and can enable you to adjust your thermostat by approximately 4-7°, which usually equates to around 30% of an average monthly AC bill.
With so many ways to reduce your outgoings and increase the value of your property, home improvements should never be overlooked. Whether you choose to upgrade your plumbing, install CCTV cameras or increase the amount of tech in your home, focus on the short and long-term benefits of each option. Whilst making home improvements may require some initial outlay, the cost can soon be recouped if you opt for the right materials, equipment, and specialist help.