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Tips for Remodeling Your Home

A couple working on their remodel plans.

After looking through the latest interior design magazines, you’re probably more than a little motivated to update your home. Whether you imagine creating a bright, new kitchen or an exciting room addition, you’ll want to do your homework before you start picking out paint colors for the new space. Here are five things to consider before remodeling your home.

1. Analyze Costs and Benefits of Your Remodel

Consider why you want to remodel your home. Things get more complicated when you want to remodel your home to get it ready to sell. In this case, you’ll want to do inexpensive remodeling projects that justify a higher sale price.

Consider doing these projects to sell your home for your asking price quickly:

  • Refinish dull hardwood floors

  • Repair roof and replace missing shingles

  • Paint every room

  • Install new siding

2. Invest in Energy Efficiency

If you’re like most of us, you want to save money and be more comfortable in your home. Replacing energy hogs with energy-efficient appliances will help you to achieve those goals. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for nearly half of the energy that the average American family uses each month. When you replace an outdated HVAC system with an energy-efficient model, you can save up to $200 annually on your utility bills. Your home will be more comfortable, and a new central air unit will be an attractive selling point to potential buyers.

3. Think Sustainably

Your passion for preserving the planet through sustainable living doesn’t just help the ecosystem. It can benefit your wallet, as well. Consider buying your remodeling supplies from your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore at discounted prices. You can find a variety of materials there, including…

  • Paint

  • Doors and windows

  • Lumber

  • Fencing

4. Go High-Tech

Smart home technology isn’t just fun and convenient; it also makes your home safer. Consider investing in a smart home security system that includes wireless indoor and outdoor cameras, motion detection devices, and professional monitoring. Choose a system that integrates with other home automation appliances such as a programmable thermostat to make your home more energy-efficient and comfortable.

5. Know Your DIY Strengths

Many home remodeling projects such as those that involve wiring, plumbing, and roofing are best done by professionals. For instance, you’ll want a certified HVAC technician to evaluate your heating and cooling system if you plan to build a room addition.

HVAC professionals know how to calculate heating and cooling loads for your home to make sure that your system can deliver the climate control that your home needs.

If you have questions about upgrading your home with a new HVAC system or programmable thermostat, give DG Heating and Air Conditioning a call at (408) 669-3496. We’re your one-stop shop for heating and cooling in San Jose.

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