From Margaret Everton on November 12, 2010 in Tools and Tips
Let us not only show public displays of affection for our homes, but the deeply rooted structural support it needs as well. Yes, although we adore the pretty, shiny upgrades (and let’s face it, they’re most fun), necessary renovations of kitchens and baths can’t be overlooked, and are in fact on the rise.
Data collected from the Q3 2010 Home Remodeling and Repair Index indicates that homeowners are shifting renovation focus from strictly aesthetic alterations to getting down to the bones of their place. This means more costly renovations that ultimately secure the functionality and longevity of a dwelling.
So what areas of the home are seeing the most love?
1. Heating and Furnace Systems
With winter just around the corner, HVAC upgrades couldn’t be more important. Get your system checked ASAP if it’s running sluggishly. If you need help, the federal government is offering free weatherization, including HVAC improvements, for low-income families. See if you qualify here.
2. Window Installation Tax Credits
Another big renovation is the all-important window replacement. Leaky or drafty windows can account for 25 percent of your home’s heating loss, so it’s well worth checking price quotes for an upgrade. And if you replace any windows with Energy Star-qualified models, the government will cut you a tax credit for 30% of the total cost (up to $1,500). Get the low-down here.
3. Roofing Repair and Replacement
If your home’s due for a roof inspection, get that squared away before the cold weather and snowfall can make matters worse. Contractors are offering all kinds of discounts for roof replacement—get an appointment on the books and see what you can save.
Remember, getting to the essential home repairs will ultimately pay off in the long run by preventing further upkeep. Now that’s love.