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Tips for Building or Remodeling Your Home – How to Save and Where to Spend

Whether you are building a new home or remodeling, there are points to consider when establishing your financial investment and achieving your desired outcome.
Plan with the Future in Mind Determine your priorities and goals.Decide where you want to splurge and where you can save.Choose what is important to you and your lifestyle.Consider resale value. Next, do your homework so you can invest wisely. Look for a reputable and licensed builder who has experience constructing the style of home you want in the location you want, especially if it is near the coast. Check references, view previous projects and interview more than one builder. Also, any trade partners should be experienced, licensed, and insured. Respected tradespeople are well worth the investment.

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Kick Cold Out of the House!

As the Summer comes to a close, we must brace ourselves for the colder approaching months. Beyond transitioning wardrobes, and turning off air conditioners, homeowners must take into consideration house preparation prior to the Winter months. Not only will readiness prevent major costly malfunctions, but will also ensure home efficiency. To ensure that you have considered all winterizing techniques pre and post fabrication please consider these tips from Connecticut Valley Homes, an Energy Star Certified Builder:

  • Convert to Gas 
    • Unfortunately, wood burning fireplaces provide visual appeal, but they tend to lose more heat than what they actually produce. If you have or install natural gas or propane gas heating considering installing a gas log into your fireplace. 

  • Use Ceiling Fans 

    • During the colder months, put the ceiling fans in reverse. Heat rises. Reversed ceiling fans act as tools to help push hot air down.

  • Who Doesn't Love Windows? 
    • Windows produce sunny, inviting atmospheres. If they are not sealed properly, though, they can be one of the biggest reasons for heat loss. Beyond that, it's important to make sure windows are cleaned both on the inside and outside. This allows for unobstructed light. Also, cleaning the windows will allow a homeowner to check and discover any cracks that need attention. 
  • Rearrange Furniture for Cozy Feel 
    • Do you have a fireplace that you enjoy using once it gets colder? Don't be afraid to rearrange furniture to create a cozy space closer to the fire. Also, bring out the throws for extra comfort and warmth. 
  • Make Windows Airtight 
    • Applying caulking to window frames and install weather stripping between the sash and window frame. This will prevent leakage. 

  • Install Storm Windows 
    • This will help to prevent leakage year round. 
  • Clean the Gutters 
    • Make sure to do this before the winter rain and snow arrives. 
  • Insulate Outlets 
    • Even though a very little amount of leakage results from outlets, it is still worth it to make sure these are insulated. This is a very inexpensive process and will help to save money and heat. 
  • Invest in Furnace Filters 
    • Furnace filters should be changed once every month. As soon as a filter gets too dirty, the furnace will not operate efficiently causing heating costs to increase. 
  • Install Programmable Thermostats  
    • Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to control temperatures while home and then lower them while away from the home. These devices also provide control over temperatures in different areas of the house. Households can save up to $180 per year by transitioning to programmable thermostats. 
  • Plug Hidden Leaks 
    • Check around all pipes in non visible place for holes that need sealing. 
  • Prevent Freezing Pipes 
    • Wrap pipes in a foam insulation to prevent freezing during the lowest temperatures.  
  • Add Insulation 
    • Check the attic to determine whether or not you need to add insulation here. 


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