Upgrades, repairs, and maintenance are important responsibilities for any homeowner. You spend time, money, and effort on improving your property and for some, performing these improvements may be for the sole purpose of having a beautiful, comfortable home. Some homeowners, on the other hand, view home improvements as a way to increase the value of their property.
While visible improvements are all well and good, there may be an unseen, upgrade that requires your attention: energy efficiency. Homes that boast energy efficiency are highly sought after because more and more people are making a conscious effort to help preserve the Earth and its resources.
What’s great about energy-efficient home improvements is that they aren’t very costly to make and give a high return on investment if you ever decide to sell your home.
3 Insulation Projects That Can Increase Your Home’s Value
One of the easiest and most practical improvements you can add to your home is insulation. Here are three home insulation projects you may want to consider:
1. Attic Insulation
Remodeling Magazine annually publishes its Cost vs. Value report, which compares the cost of remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale. For two consecutive years (2016 and 2017), adding fiberglass attic insulation topped the list, with cost recouped at 116 percent in 2016 and 107 percent in 2017.
It’s ideal to get fiberglass insulation, particularly blow-in-blanket insulation to protect your Kansas City home against extreme weather conditions. About 25 percent of your home’s heat escapes through the roof if it’s uninsulated, so you spend more energy heating your house. When your attic is insulated, not only will you keep the heat in and the cold out, you’ll also save on your heating bills.
2. Basement Insulation
Basements are often utilized as a storage space and can often be forgotten about. Basements are also known to be a space of moisture intrusion. That’s because this area of your home isn’t often insulated.
Insulating your basement will provide you with a dry and cozy living space. Instead of using it as a dumping ground for old and unused supplies, you can turn your basement into a bedroom, home theater, or cozy living room. What’s more, an added room adds value to your property.
3. Wall Insulation
Newer homes are almost always built with insulated walls. But if you’re living in a property built before the 1970s or 1980s, your walls may not be insulated. This is because building codes, which vary by state, didn’t start requiring a higher R-value until 1970.
Closed walls that aren’t insulated can lead to discomfort for the occupants of the house, especially during harsh weather conditions. This is why you should retrofit wall insulation. Like your ceiling, uninsulated walls let out a lot of heat, so adding insulation will keep temperatures inside the home comfortable no matter what the weather is like.
Home improvements like insulation add to your home’s value and make for more comfortable living – an important factor for when you’re selling your house to potential buyers.
If you would like to start increasing your home’s value by installing high-quality insulation, contact our team at A+ Insulation. We will use the latest techniques and years of experience to determine where exactly you should install insulation in your home.