Just Holes in Your Walls
When thinking about home improvements it’s important to get the most out of every dollar spent; especially if you are trying to boost your home’s value prior to sale. It’s a common myth that for every dollar spent is a dollar gained in value. If you do the right things, not only can you break even, you can even gain value; and that’s the whole point right?
Detail Your House
Think of your house as an automobile that you’ve had for a while, but do not have the money to make any significant changes; like structural ones for example. The way to get the most bang for your buck in home improvements is to work with what you already have. In the case of an automobile, touch up the paint, add a few pin stripes, and degrease the engine. That alone could do wonders for your cars appearance outside. Armor all the dash, steering wheel, and tires. You might also consider seat covers; nothing major. Do the same thing for your home. Maybe a coat of paint inside or out. Just make sure the paint you choose does not require someone to have your exact taste in order to appreciate it. Stick to neutral colors other than white. Spruce up that old living room carpet with an area rug. Rather than replace the cabinetry in the kitchen consider a fresh coat of paint or varnish. You’re not doing anything really costly, just a little detail work.
If you’ve just got bare windows with no flare, they’re just holes in your walls; nobody wants holes in their walls. One of the best, energy efficient ways to turn those holes into windows is by installing window blinds. The right blinds or shades keep out the heat from the sun, and the cold from the winter months. They can offer you protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays as well. The right shades offer you protection from prying eyes, the ability to control light, and the just look a whole lot better. Not only do you get style, you get function as well.
Years ago you might have only had a choice between curtains and a very basic blind or shade for your window. Now there are numerous choices you can choose from. There’s something for everyone’s taste no matter how eccentric.
Windows themselves add to your energy bill through lost heat from conduction in the winter, and from radiant heat gain in the winter as the sun streams in and heats up every object it touches. Years ago blinds did little more than block out some light and keep out prying eyes; things have certainly changed. The right blinds or shades can actually trap heat in during the cold winter months and help draw heat out of the room during the hot summer months. That’s something your basic curtains cannot accomplish; and certainly not a bare window.
A Final Thought
Just like the car detail analogy, window blinds and shades can do wonders for any room in the house, and at a minimal cost. You can completely change the look and feel of your living room just by putting in some new stylish Roman shades, for example. Window shades are the perfect example of more bang for your buck when it comes to home improvements.
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