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5 Home Improvements a Homeowner Can Make in 2017

Home Improvements

A new year means it’s resolution season again. In the month of January, many of us will make the commitment to better ourselves by getting outside more, being smarter with our money, or finally get organized. And most of us we’re good about it – until around February.

Make some of these basic home improvements over the next few months, so you can successfully knock out many of your resolutions and enjoy 2017 with more time to yourself and more money in your pocket.

Home Improvements Made Easy

From renovating your decking to organizing your garage, here are five enhancements that can make your home even happier:

#1 Bump up your home’s energy efficiency with new windows.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, old or drafty windows account for more than 30% of a home’s heating losses. That means a big spike in your utility bills, especially during the icy St. Louis winters. If your windows are more than 15 years old, consider replacing them with energy-efficient windows to make your home more comfortable. Plus, the National Association of Realtors reports you can recoup 80% of the project cost in added home value if you ever decide to sell.

#2 Create a backyard getaway with new decking.

Spend more time with friends and family in 2017 by making your deck the ultimate destination. Whether you’re replacing a dilapidated deck or installing one for the first time, Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions offers a variety of decking options that fit your personal style and budget as well as design experts who can construct any deck you imagine. And because our decks require minimal upkeep, you can spend your time entertaining and barbecuing instead of staining and repainting.

#3 Get organized once and for all.

There’s no way around it – Americans are packrats, and we use too much precious square footage to house our stuff. In fact, the Department of Energy reports 25% of homeowners with two-car garages don’t have room to park their cars! In 2017, it’s time to get rid of the items we don’t need. For those items we do, make a small investment in garage and basement renovations that allow for custom shelving, cabinets, and other storage. You can finally reclaim your space!

#4 Enhance your home’s curb appeal.

Even if you’re not planning to sell your house anytime soon, dressing up your front yard creates a more inviting home. Install lighting to line your driveway or throughout your decking to improve aesthetics and increase safety. Replace your door and mailbox if they’re old or outdated. Consider adding fencing to both the front and backyard, and accessorizing your new investments with new bushes, bright flowers, and fresh sod come springtime. Top it all off with a variety of comfortable porch furniture that invites everyone to enjoy the great outdoors.

#5 Insulate your attic.

All the DIY and home improvement shows suggest a master suite or a bathroom addition to up your home value. But the renovation with the best return on investment is attic insulation, allowing you to recoup 116% of your costs. At an average cost of $1,500 for insulation and installation, you’ll save anywhere from 10% to 50% on heating and cooling costs.

Let’s Dive Deeper into Your Outdoor Renovations

As you work on your home improvements list for 2017, be sure to keep Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions in mind. By offering affordable, high-quality decking, fencing and lighting to St. Louis homeowners, as well as professional, satisfaction-guaranteed installation, we can be your go-to for many of your biggest projects so you can concentrate on other renovations around your house. Contact us today for a free estimate, and we’ll be happy to meet you at your home to discuss your outdoor improvement needs.

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Tim Kelley

With over four decades in the St. Louis fencing industry, Tim Kelly leads Maintenance-Free Outdoor Solutions as its President. He is renowned for his commitment to quality, ethics, and community involvement.

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