Outside projects to improve a home’s value

Photos taken on several residential construction sites which use fall arrest systems in Phoenix, AZ over a week in August 2012

We all want our homes to look better and see this reflected in terms of value. The difficulty is in deciding what we can do to improve our homes. Not every project will be viewed favourably by the market, merely because we’ve decided to work on it. We need to be selective about how and why we’re taking on building projects, if we really want to see some return on our investments.

One of the best ways to think about improving is to focus on specific areas. In this instance, we should start with the surrounding area of our house. Considering winter is on the verge of arriving, now is the time for us to invest in outside projects.

Doors and windows

Getting a better door can do wonders for your home. Doors, like anything in the home, can deteriorate, become loosened from fixtures and so on. Replacing the door with one that is more energy efficient can benefit you greatly. Masonite, who produce energy efficient doors for example, point out you can save up to a third on energy bills per month.

Windows are another focus. Energy-efficient, high performance windows can have a dramatic impact on your home. As the Efficient Windows Collaborative points out:

“High-performance windows not only provide reduced annual heating and cooling bills, they also reduce the peak heating and cooling loads… High-performance windows create warmer interior glass surfaces, reducing frost and condensation… [they also] help to reduce unwanted heat gain while still allowing light to enter into your home.”

Decking and wood

We often don’t consider our decking, yet this could also be an area benefitting from more efficient replacement. For example, wood has numerous benefits, making timber decking ideal as an option. There are a host of timber options worth considering. As Domain points out, each one has specific qualities: treated pine handles paint well, jarrah has excellent durability, and most decking builders opt for yellow stringybark because of its price and durability.

Wood, indeed, is a good replacement for many things. In general, wood is better for the environment. These days, anything that shows concern for the environment is bound to be viewed more favourably, as more people are concerned with the environment. Wood is also strong and durable. If it’s properly maintained, it can last hundreds of years. It’s even stronger than some steels.

These are just some ways outside projects can improve your home, whether for resale value or for your own peace of mind.