1. Make your home more sellable.
1. Make your home more sellable…
Let’s face it. It’s a buyers market with an abundance of properties on the market actively competing with one another for a buyer. Realtors know too well that buyers are looking for trouble free properties – not those in disrepair that require a substantial investment in money, time and stress to make them beautiful, energy efficient and easy to maintain. An old roof, faded warped siding and drafty windows are likely to attract bargain hunters only who steal the property for a fraction of its value – and such buyers are few and far between, leaving the property on the market for a lengthy period of time.
What homeowners often fail to appreciate is the value of investing in those exterior home improvements – renovations that add aesthetic appeal, energy efficiency, reduced maintenance requirements and substantial savings on fuel costs. Such improvements will easily be recouped in a higher selling price and attract serious buyers. With added aesthetic appeal from a new roof, fiber cement siding or Energy Star windows, these enhancements will put you out in front of all the other properties, making it much easier to find a buyer when the time comes.
Energy Star windows and patio doors that were qualified under the 2010 year for federal tax credits, were determined to reduce energy bills by 7-15% in comparison to products that did not qualify. This means that window replacement with the proper U-Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, the two critical measures of energy performance, combined with an expert installation by a specialty window contractor, is one of the best investments a homeowner can make to reduce his or her energy costs.
With their environmentally controlled, baked on finish that is consistent and fade resistant, James Hardie fiber cement siding saves homeowners approximately $5000 in painting costs over the next 8 years.
Exterior home repairs and normal maintenance does not have to be a burdensome chore for homeowners. Fiber Cement siding is virtually maintenance free. Along with it’s ability to withstand fire, hurricane force winds, flooding, insects, color fading and warping, maintenance with fiber cement siding is limited to annual power washing and caulking. Energy efficient roofing with ice melt systems prevent the damaging effects of ice dams that seriously compromise interior and exterior structures. Energy Star windows are easy to clean and maintain. Energy efficient replacement windows can be made of wood, vinyl or a wood and vinyl combination. Vinyl interior and exterior windows require the least maintenance with no painting required and grids between the glass that make them incredibly fast to clean.
Whether it’s making your home more sellable, increasing energy efficiency and comfort, saving money, or decreasing maintenance requirements, window, roofing and siding home improvements are investments well worth making in any market.
MASTERCRAFT is a Registered, Licensed and Insured Expert Residential and Commercial Contractor / Installer, providing specialty window, siding and roofing contractor services in the Greater Boston area since 1986.