Spring is in the air and it’s that time of year that many Americans are trying decide which home improvement project is the best way to get the most bang out of their annual tax refund buck. Of course we are a bit biased, but we believe you should, if you live in or around Colorado Springs, install replacement windows or new Hardie board cement siding with your 2014 refund.
Fortunately, the science is on our side because year after year new vinyl replacement windows and cement board siding are in the top five home improvements for their return on investment. If you hardly even notice your windows, you’ll be amazed at how much fresher your home will look with new replacement windows. It’s like adding a touch of bling to give your house some serious curb appeal.
If you are thinking about getting new windows this year, now is the time to contact a replacement window installer. Before setting up appointments with window contractors in Colorado Springs, it is important to prescreen them over the phone. Calling ahead is much less time consuming and it eliminates the temptation to choose installers based solely on their salesmanship on the showroom floor. Asking a few simple questions first will ensure that the contractor really has the experience you need for the job.
A lot of home improvement contractors will try and sell you on how much their particular product will save you in energy costs, or how much it will increase the resale value of your home. The truth is, many of these projects are less about cost savings than they are about curb appeal. The next time you hear a claim about energy savings, ask your contractor how much you can expect to save on your energy bill. After all, if the benefits don’t outweigh the cost of the improvement it would hardly be a worthwhile investment.
Splurging on that dream kitchen this year? Or is it the new deck out back? Before spending large sums of money on your home this summer, be sure they will provide a nice return on investment. If your projects don’t add considerable value to the home then they might not be worth it, especially if you plan on moving within the next ten years.
One of the first questions you should ask yourself is “How much will this improvement add to the value of my home?" In most cases, the value added will not exceed the actual cost of the improvement, but there are some home renovations that bring more bang for your buck than others.
Now that summer is just around the corner, homeowners are starting to take a serious look at the condition of their homes. Exterior siding, garage doors, driveways and gardens are all major considerations when looking at cosmetic improvements, and while they all have a place in seasonal projects, nothing is more beneficial than replacing windows. Windows not only add beauty to the outside of your home; they also help reduce heating and cooling costs.
In many areas of the country, spring and summer are seen as the "remodeling seasons." While it's true that sunny days are warmer weather are ideal for working outdoors, much can be said about doing interior projects during the winter months. In many cases, knowing the "perfect time" to remodel is the key to saving money on the job. For example, carpenters and window installers are a lot less busy in the wintertime; which can make it easier to get a better deal.
Over the past decade, fiber cement siding has been written about quite a bit by the popular shelter magazines. One such publication, Remodeling Magazine, has included James Hardie's HardieBoard siding in its Cost vs. Value Report. They say fiber board is considered one of the best investments a homeowner can make toward resale value, yet surprisingly few people know about it.
Most homeowners don't think much about siding or windows until the time comes to replace them and few people spend much time researching the various products available today. When siding is the question, vinyl has increasingly become the answer, but is that really the look you want for your home? In a competitive real estate market, it makes sense to put some thought into your home's curb appeal.
When it comes time to choose an exterior siding product for your home, it may be tempting to select the same siding as your neighbors, but there is another option to consider. Even if you live in a neighborhood where vinyl siding is the "norm," you can still get fiber cement siding. Also known as cement board or "Hardie Board," fiber cement has many benefits and a few drawbacks. Homeowners should always consider the cost, the ease of maintenance, impact on home resale value and overall appearance. What is gained in one direction may be negated by a disadvantage in another, so it all comes down to your personal priorities.
No matter where you live, the housing market has presented some challenges with selling a home. With construction slower than ever and so many unsold homes on the market, sellers are looking for a way to differentiate their homes. Whether you plan to sell your home or stay where you are, James Hardie’s maintenance free siding is a great way to add value to your home. Not only can fiber cement “Hardie Board” siding make your home more attractive to a buyer, it will give your home a whole new look. Even new homeowners who bought a short sale or foreclosed home will be interested in fixing up the property. Adding maintenance free siding and other outdoor improvements will have an immediate impact on curb appeal.
Every area of the country has a slightly different way of looking at home building products, but as exterior siding products have improved, homeowners in the Pikes Peak region are finding that in Colorado Springs, HardiPlank siding is preferable to vinyl. If your home is in need of new siding, don’t just go out and get the same vinyl siding you had before. You have a unique opportunity to change the way your home looks completely by switching to James Hardie’s HardiePlank siding.
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