Home Upgrades Increase Value and Reduce Maintenance

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Home improvements over the past several years has increased for some of the following reasons:

Housing downturn force homeowners to fix-up instead trade for new home.

Stimulus programs caused homeowners to invest in energy efficiency upgrades.

Growing demand for rental properties to upgrade their properties.

Homeowners are spending money to upgrade their home to reduce maintenance time and expense.  Following is a list of some of the upgrades homeowners are doing to improve value and reduce upkeep:

HardiPlank siding – This is a cement type product that is resistant to temperature fluctuation, insects, and rot, etc.  Homeowners may want to consider this product when in need to replace current siding.

Countertops – Quartz, silestone and granite countertops are much easier to maintain.  These countertops are durable and resist staining, but refrain from putting a hot pot on these countertops. 

Metal roofs – This is an expensive option that normally is not at the top of most people priority list, but is maintenance free and has a long life time. Metal roofs are important option to consider in areas where there is a high frequency of fires and hail.  There are several types of products available.  Depending the area of the country, select the design and type of product that is best suited for that area of the country.

Fiberglass windows – These windows are very sturdy, energy efficient, resistant to moisture, and will not warp under extreme temperatures.

Composite & Fiberon decking – With the increase of outdoor living, more decks and other living spaces are being built for homeowner’s enjoyment.  Using these types of products reduces maintenance and expense.    

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