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Sustainable Remodel Ideas to Increase the Value of Your Home
If you’re thinking about a home remodel that will boost your home’s value, it would be rather smart and considerably profitable to focus your attention on more sustainable, eco-friendly projects. Some projects may require more of your time and investment while others are rather manageable. Therefore, make sure to keep a list of things you want to do for your sustainable home remodel so that you can gradually work towards your goal of a huge home value boost.
Eco-Friendly Flooring Solutions
Did you know that the flooring choice can affect both the environment and sustainability of your home? These days, there are many different eco-friendly flooring options on the market. The most popular include reclaimed hardwood, bamboo, cork, linoleum, concrete, and so on, and they all have their own perks to help you make a better decision for your home. Essentially, these types of floors are easily maintained and they don’t waste natural resources. It’s up to you to choose the material that you find the most aesthetically pleasing, with the right perks and proper fit for your budget.
Proper Insulation (Windows and Doors Included)
When you have good home insulation system, warm and cool air won’t escape easily when you use heater and air conditioner, which will prevent energy waste and save you money on electricity. There are different insulating techniques when it comes to your walls. It’s important to do your research and get professional advice from contractors in order to choose the best solution for your particular place. But this is not all; with the right windows and doors, you can easily boost the insulation and sustainability of your home. Multi-paned glass and a tighter fit are the things to look for.
Regular Ventilation/ Fire Duct Maintenance
Clean air is a must in every sustainable home. That said, investing in a proper ventilation system and fire ducts is a safe and responsible thing to do in order to protect your home and household. However, going with cheap options and failing to maintain these properly can only result in expensive repairs more often, which is far from a sustainable lifestyle and definitely not a valid upgrade for the home’s value boost. Instead, make sure to opt for top-quality fire ducts and ventilation, and take care of the maintenance work on a regular basis.
Replace Your Regular Bulbs with LEDs
If you want sustainability the easy way, the most effective and rather quick project to take up is the replacement of all your regular bulbs with LED lights. In general, LED bulbs tend to last a lot longer and use up a lot less electricity, which makes them the perfect sustainable home ally. When you choose these bulbs carefully (warmer wash of yellowish light), you can also make the brightness more comfortable on the eyes. Keep in mind that CFL bulbs tend to be recommended alongside LEDs as a sustainable option, but these bulbs can be associated with some health concerns such as headache, fatigue, sleep disorders, etc. and it’s better to avoid using them.
Use VOC-Free Paint for your Painting Projects
VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. These compounds are commonly found in toxic paint and they’re precisely the things making it toxic. You have probably noticed the smell after fresh paintwork before – that smell is due to VOCs. Even though the smell goes away rather quickly, VOCs can hang around in the air for years. They can be harmful to human health causing headaches, nausea and dizziness, and they are also very bad for the environment. Those of you planning a sustainable home remodel intended for the home’s value increase, make sure to use non-toxic VOC-free paint for your projects.
Boost the Look ofYour Yard with Greenery
In the end, there’s nothing quite like the power of nature to boost the value and sustainability of your home. For starters, an improved curb appeal is an extremely popular home selling point. And when you make sure that the plants you use contribute to the overall look of your outdoors and maybe even have nice trees that create a cosy shade, you can be certain that you’re on the right path. Furthermore, organic composting and small gardens with fruits, veggies and spices are hugely popular, especially when it comes to sustainable living. In that respect, this is something you should definitely consider for your remodelling, even if it’s just a small patch of soil ready for planting in your backyard.
Sustainable lifestyle requires a sustainable home. Since this kind of living is gaining more momentum every day, it’s important to keep up with the market’s desires, especially if you’re looking to sell your home in the near future. Also, one’s home seems to be the biggest contributor to one’s carbon footprint. With the right remodelling projects and sustainable upgrades, you’ll do your bit for the environment as well.
Check out additional eco-friendly home ideas from water saving fixtures to appliances.
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Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin's work at PlainHelp.
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