Buying a home is a long term investment for many people – the average person will be living in the home he bought for at least a decade or two, and during this time, a lot of technologies will be invented, a lot of tastes in designs will change, and a lot of building techniques will fall out of favor.
That’s why it is highly likely your home will look out of date and old after a decade or so of living in it, even if you bought it brand new. This will not only mean your home will be less aesthetically pleasing, less energy efficient, and more vulnerable. This article will help you upgrade your home and breathe new life into it by upgrading it in a few ways:
1. Upgrade the Windows
Upgrading the windows is an excellent way to ensure you’re upgrading both the looks and the functionality of your home. I don’t think we need to expand on how upgrading your windows can make your home look better, it is quite self-evident.
It will remove the yellow-tilt that windows adopt over time, you can renew the frames and make them look more appealing, and overall, windows are one of the most visible parts of your home (as opposed to upgrading the balustrades and handrails as they’d only be seen rarely), and they paint your visitors’ impression of the rest of the house.
So they looking good means your visitors are more likely to think of your home as aesthetically pleasing. As for functionality, windows can help your home in more than one way:
- More insulating: thanks to funds going into climate research insulation and heat retention in windows have taken massive strides forward – this means when you’re upgrading the windows in your old home, you’ll need much less energy to keep your home warm and cozy. This not only means protecting the environment, but it also means lower electricity bills that could justify the investment in the long run.
- Protects the foundation of your home: new windows and especially new window frames ensure that extra humidity doesn’t seep through the cracks into your home’s foundation and wood. This raises the longevity of your home and raises the quality of air in your home.
- Increases natural lighting: the windows getting a yellow-tint not only makes them uglier, but they gradually start letting less and less natural light in. Replacing the windows after a couple of years could mean refreshing your home and allowing the natural sunlight to come in without any hindrance.
2. Install Solar Panels
Installing solar panels is becoming an increasingly common and increasingly cost-effective way to upgrade your home. In some US states, for example, almost half of the houses have installed solar panels – especially in sunny areas, this is due to the fact that the government subsidizes the products.
So you won’t have to shoulder the entire cost, and in the long run, it will actually save you money as you’ll cut your electricity bills and even earn money by feeding back extra-generated money into the grid. There’s frankly no reason to do it unless the place you live in is particularly cloudy.
3. Adding Canopies and Awnings to Your Home
Adding canopies and awnings to your front porch or a balcony in your home is a great and easy upgrade. Unlike many other upgrades, you don’t need to fundamentally change how your home looks (if you like it how it is) and it is easily reversible (especially with full cassette awnings that are retractable), so it is much less commitment.
You’ll get a nice shade overlooking your garden so you can spend the summer days enjoying the outside.
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