What better way to say, “I love you” to your home than a practical present this holiday season? Crossing those important tasks off your list is one of the best ways to start the year off right and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to take care of those simple fixes and repairs you’ve been putting off. With plenty of cold weather left in the season, here are five practical Valentine’s Day gifts you can give to your home:
Get New Insulation
Getting new insulation is an oft-overlooked project that can save you money on your utility bills. In fact, up to 20% of every dollar spent on home heating goes right through the roof without adequate insulation. Properly installed insulation prevents heat from escaping your home in the winter and keeps your home cool in the summer. They can also ensure that the pressure in your home doesn’t fluctuate and cause a draft. If it’s been a while since you’ve last updated your insulation, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to give your family a practical home repair job.
Paint Your Home’s Interior and Exterior
Paint lasts for many years; as such, few people change their home’s color unless an accident happens that ruins the surfaces of your walls. However, many homeowners want to make a change but don’t know where to start. One of the best ways to transform your home’s interior is by changing the color of your walls to match your family’s preference. Simply changing the color of your cabinets and walls can make your home feel brand new. Moreover, interior painting jobs are much more cost-effective than remodeling your home. In some cases, a fresh coat of paint can even help you sell your home more easily. If you want to keep it truly romantic, you can even let your significant other select the colors.
Painting your home’s exterior, on the other hand, is a smart gift to boost your home’s curb appeal. A high-quality exterior painting job can potentially boost your home’s property value since the home looks newer. Just keep in mind that stucco paint should be repainted every five years or so. Reach out to a residential painting service to find out what kind of return on investment you can get from painting your home’s exterior.
Install Energy Efficient Windows
When is the last time you thought about your windows? This Valentine’s Day, install energy-efficient windows to save you money. Drafty windows force your HVAC system to work harder to maintain your home’s desired temperature. Moreover, adding new windows can increase the property value of your home. Have an expert inspect your windows for possible leaks and drafts.
Upgrade Your Security System
Not all home improvements have to be home repairs. Whether you travel for work or feel unsafe in your neighborhood, use this holiday season to prioritize your home security. Invest in security cameras to monitor activity outside of your home, whether you’re in the house or away on a business trip. In fact, as many as <2.7 million people pass through airports every day. Security cameras and other monitoring equipment are great for deterring crime, but they can also ensure packages arrive on time and that your family members get home safely. Newer technologies in home security have smartphone accessibility features that allow homeowners to feel at ease while they are on the go. When up to 49% of people believe that their security habits could be improved, home options like these have become essential.
Repair Your Roof
Fixing minor issues with your roof today can prevent major issues in the future. For example, a leaky roof can cause several structural problems to your home. This includes rot damage to the beams in your attic or mold growth in your home’s storage spaces, potentially ruining electronics and more. Worse yet, this mold growth can also pose health risks to your family if it isn’t taken care of properly. Also, your roof plays an important role in regulating your homes internal temperature; after repairing damages to your roof, your HVAC system will operate more efficiently. It might not seem like the most romantic gesture on Valentine’s Day, but it’s a great way to take care of your family.
This Valentine’s Day, take care of those fixes and repairs. It might seem like a general Valentine’s Day present, but many families would rather receive something practical than another bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates. It makes sense that more people are performing these unique Valentine’s Day projects in lieu of traditional gifts. These five home improvement projects can transform your home. Research experts to help take on that task you’ve been putting off the longest.