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5 Unglamorous Home Investments That Pay Off

By July 7, 2015October 17th, 2023No Comments

All home improvements are not created equal. Homeowners that dream of overhauling their kitchen and renovating their outdated bathroom while neglecting basic home maintenance are forgetting an important principle of real estate: if your home is not mechanically sound, you are unlikely to recoup your investment in cosmetic remodeling projects, however spectacular. To get the most bang for your home improvement dollars, consider these five moneywise improvements.


  • Systems upgrades. It makes no sense to invest in cosmetic improvements if the basic systems that allow your home to provide safe, comfortable shelter – such as the roof, plumbing, heating, electrical and sewer systems – are not in good repair. An awesome kitchen remodel definitely loses its appeal if the roof is leaking.
  • Attic insulation. Attic insulation provides an immediate return on investment since major heat and cooling loss can take place through a home’s attic. You can save about $600 annually just by boosting the amount of insulation in your attic from R-11 to R-49.
  • Gutters. Exterior decay, landscape erosion, moldy basements and foundation issues can often be traced back to problems with gutters and downspouts. Installing a quality gutter system is one of the easiest ways to keep your home in excellent shape.
  • Gutter protection. For most homeowners, the thought of routinely climbing a ladder to remove debris in gutters is a daunting one. The assurance of safety and reduced maintenance makes a gutter guard an attractive benefit for anyone who owns a home.
  • Fresh paint. Few other fix-ups can make such a big improvement for so little money and effort. If you plan to list your house for sale in the near future, stick with a neutral color scheme when selecting colors.


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