You’ve just bought a new home, and the renovation to-do list is growing by the minute. The bathrooms could use an update, a kitchen re-do would be awesome, and wouldn’t it be nice to break out a wall and open up the floor plan?
While certainly such changes could go far toward helping create your dream home, experts have two words for you: Slow down! Some changes are best made once you’ve lived in the home and have a better feel for what you might need and desire in the long run.
Meanwhile, simple projects can yield savings while you consider the larger jobs.
In short, put the big jobs on the backburner, and tackle these three projects, as suggested by RisMedia:
Buy energy efficient appliances: If the home has old appliances, it pays to replace them with ENERGY STAR-rated appliances. Over time, the resulting energy saving will add up to hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
Improve insulation: Installing more insulation, if needed, will save money right away – and studies show that any investment in attic insulation will be recouped in full when you resell the home.
Plant trees: Trees take time to grow. If the landscape is barren, consider planning trees now, rather than later. The shade they offer can help lower energy costs over time and boost your home’s value by as much as 18%, according to the Arbor Day Foundation.