In recent years, Americans have become incredibly fascinated by several home improvement shows that appear on TV. TV personalities on networks like HGTV and on shows like Extreme Home Makeover have done an excellent job of getting Americans interested in various home improvement projects. People are not only watching those shows recreationally anymore, but they’re also getting inspired, and they’re coming up with their own ideas about various home repair projects they’d like to undertake on their own.
In the last few years, the construction industry has seen a real decline as Americans have started focusing more on putting time, effort and money into improving the houses that they already own, rather than on building new ones. Here are just a few easy home renovation projects that have become very common across the country and some tips on how you can start some of them.
3. Get new windows. If you live in an old and drafty house, then it’s time for you to consider a window replacement project. You can take out your old windows and then put some new ones in that are much more energy efficient. Since newer windows are thicker, they’ll do a much better job of keeping your house warm during the winter and cool during the summer. After you’ve made the switch, you can recycle your old windows, and you may be able to qualify for special tax credits if your new windows meet some energy efficiency standards set by the U.S. government. Even if the weather doesn’t get cold where you live, you’ll want to be able to utilize newer and better windows so you can help keep the heat out.
2. Install a central heating, venting and air-conditioning system. After your windows are no longer susceptible to large drafts, it’s a wise idea to install a central HVAC system so you can better regulate the temperatures inside your property. Instead of utilizing inefficient space heaters, ceiling or box fans and window air-conditioning units, you can save money by installing a central system. By utilizing a central system, you can keep the temperature of your whole house steady, instead of having to deal with hot or cold spots in various places of your home. Additionally, you’ll feel much more comfortable and you won’t have to look at ugly units that take up a lot of space in your home.
1. Replace the wood on the outside of your house with plastic siding. Surprisingly enough, siding really resembles wood, especially from a distance, and it is much easier to take care of. Instead of having to repaint the outside of your house every few years, you can simply wash your house if it gets dirty. The new plastic exterior will look a lot like wood, but it won’t chip or get moldy like real wood can. Additionally, plastic is much more durable than wood, so you’ll never have to deal with replacing broken boards either. With so many advantages to building with plastic, it’s surprising that anyone still continues to live with wood on the outside of their home.