3 Ways to Improve Your Home on a Budget

by Guest Author on September 11, 2013


Homeowners everywhere are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve their homes in safety, quality…and on a budget. That’s the catch. No one wants to spend excess money on a project if they can help it, but they still want the benefits that a local construction company could provide without having to spend the extra dollars on a professional’s touch. Some home improvement and construction tasks are unavoidable to have a professional do it, but the good news is there are a few things homeowners can do, whether it’s on their own or contracted out, that will improve the safety and quality of their homes without going over budget.

Replace & Insulate Outlets

This might seem like an odd place to start, but there are many reasons you might want to replace the outlets in your home; they’re damaged, old, ugly, inefficient and/or unsafe. One if not all of these reasons means it’s time for an upgrade. All of the outlets in your home can be replaced for less than $100. If you also insulate your outlets, you can improve energy efficiency up to 20% for your home.

  • Damaged outlets can be dangerous to any youngsters running around the house or ruin appliances plugged into them.
  • Ugly outlets may not be dangerous to your health, but they certainly are to any fashion statements your home is trying to make.
  • Non-insulated outlets will create energy inefficiencies that will cost you more money in the long run than if they were insulated. If you’re uncomfortable replacing outlets or insulating them, call a professional electrician or a friend that knows what they’re doing.

Windows

A more expensive upgrade to your home improvement is replacing your windows. Newer windows can do wonders for your home; increase your home’s value, improve energy efficiency, increase comfort, beef up your security, reduce pest infiltration and stylize your home’s fashion sense. All of these benefits for an average of $350 per window.

  • It’s a no brainer that a home’s value always increases after an upgrade, but with the additional benefits that a new window offers its worth can be talked up even further.
  • Windows are one of the worst contributors to a home’s energy inefficiencies. By upgrading a home’s windows, homeowners can save up to 35% on their heating and cooling costs.
  • Since they improve upon the home’s energy consumption, your home will have less of a draft, which will provide more comfort for homeowners and families.
  • Replacing windows can make a huge difference when it comes to beefing up your home’s security. Depending on the type of window you get installed, the glass’s durability will vary, but no matter what it will improve your home’s defense.

Roof Ventilation

Another affordable upgrade you can make to your home is installing vents on your roof for greater air ventilation. They create greater comfort for homeowners and improve upon a home’s energy efficiency by creating a balanced ventilation system.

The most energy efficient and self-sustaining approach is to install a 100% solar powered vent. This can completed (including installation) for around $750 for a newly constructed roof or re-roof. For existing roofs, it could cost up to $1200.

For an even more affordable approach you can install a box vent. This can be completed for $35 for a newly constructed roof or re-roof. For existing roofs, it’ll cost around $75. The most economical, yet still effective roof vents are ridge vents. They cost around $8 or $15 for new construction and re-roofs or for an existing roof, respectively.

Ryan G. is the owner of Cameo Construction in Columbia, Mo, a local construction contractor serving Mid-Missouri.


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