School is back in session, and now that the house is less crowded during the day, many homeowners are tackling the fall home renovation project that got put on the back-burner during the summer. But with so many options to choose from, deciding what renovation projects to prioritize can be difficult. Choosing the right areas to invest in is the best way to see ROI and prepare your home for resale if you plan to put it on the market anytime within the next year.
Here are a few home renovation projects that you should prioritize this fall to make the most of your biggest investment.
The fall is the perfect season to have your roof inspected, repaired, or replaced before the winter temperatures set in. A roof with leaks or damages can result in water damage and create insulation issues, which can be especially inconvenient during the winter months.
Your Deck or Porch
Decks and porches are only useful when they’re in good condition. Much like your roof, the ideal time to tend to your front porch or backyard deck is in the fall while the weather is still comparatively moderate.
Energy related home improvements not only allow you to conserve energy, they can drastically reduce your monthly utility bills as well. Relatively minor changes, like replacing your plumbing and lighting fixtures, HVAC unit, and water heater can help you save money throughout the winter as you begin turning on the heat more often.
Even better, energy efficient home renovations are qualified for federal tax credit advances. A few of these eligible upgrades are:
- Non-solar and solar water heaters
- Energy-efficient HVAC units
- Energy-efficient doors
- Roofing materials
Your Front Door
One of the simplest an most effective exterior projects to improve your home’s resale value is giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. This will give your entire home a unique appeal, and the job can usually be complete in under an hour. Just be sure that you paint on a day when the temperatures are at least 50 degrees and aren’t going to be dropping below 40 during the night. This will ensure the paint doesn’t freeze before it is fully dried.
Replace Your Windows
Investing in new windows can help keep your home comfortably incubated during the coldest months of the year, especially if your current windows are damaged or poorly insulated.
Exterior projects are often on the last of the to-dos, but they are also what keep your interior safe and warm. Stay ahead of spring by tackling your fall home renovation before winter gives us its worst.