Energy Efficiency – The Homeowner’s Guide to Cutting Costs

As new homes are being built and existing homes are being upgraded to segue out of the 19th century, there is one feature of our homes that tends to be outdated. This problem isn’t being ignored either. In fact, the Demand Institute’s survey of the Housing Satisfaction Gap which surveyed over 10,000 households, found that while over 70% of homeowners find energy efficiency and low utility costs important, only 35% were satisfied with their current homes.

These numbers are staggering, but it’s not surprising since upgrading your home’s energy can save you significant money. This is only amplified over time, as the newer appliances, bulbs, and other features outlast their outdated counterparts. Continue reading

Winterize Your Home with These 4 Cost-Efficient Tips

groundhogFans of Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day already know that our esteemed weather prognosticator foresees six more weeks of winter. This likely isn’t good news for your wallet, especially if you use electricity to generate your heat. Following last year’s brutally cold winter, you’ve hopefully taken some additional steps to winterize your home, as even small, inexpensive projects can make a significant difference in your heating bill. If you haven’t taken steps already there’s still time and even if you have been proactive in winterizing your home, there may be some additional ways to save money with minimal investment. Continue reading

Looking to Buy: Six Things Home Buyers Want

Mortgage rates are still low and the jobs market has made marked improvements. This has led forecasters to predict 2015 to be a good year for selling your home. Knowing what buyers want and how to market can therefore give you a distinct advantage on actually closing a deal. We’ve come up with a list of six common demands home buyers have that can help you gain a distinct advantage over your competition.

  • Affordability – As rent continues to climb, the prospects of investing in a home rises as the pricing gap between the two narrows. Home costs obviously need to fit in the buyer’s budget. Study and price your home appropriately according to your local market.
  • Kitchen RemodelA Good Investment – It is crucial to make the best investment for the future. Many people agree that a home is a good long-term investment, and there’s plenty you can do to emphasize this point. Prepare a list of investments that boost your home’s value and perform some of the work beforehand. All the other items below will help convince your potential buyer that your home would be a great investment.
  • Renovations/Remodels We’ve already told you how to increase the value of your home through remodeling or renovating. Few people want to put in a lot of work on their new home. A home with minimal remodeling or renovation requirements is more likely to sell. Even small improvements can make a big difference, including door replacements, painted walls, and new windows. Modern kitchens are in high demand.

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Home Repainting Tips & Tricks

Room remodelRepainting rooms in your home is typically recommended every five to 15 years depending on a few variables. These can include the quality of the current paint, how much traffic the room gets, whether or not there’s smoke from fireplaces or inhabitants, and even personal preference. It’s amazing how a simple paint job can transform the look and feel of a room. It’s so paramount that it’s even worth delaying a home renovation or remodel until there’s more flexibility in the budget.

Achieving a quality finish to your painting project isn’t always easy due to the number of obstacles you can run into. Everything from windows and doors to furniture an d fixtures can hinder your ability to perform the job to the level of your satisfaction. Fortunately for those who are looking for some help in their painting project, we’ve created a short list of some of our favorite painting tips and tricks for any room in your house. Continue reading

Beyond Reality: The Home Improvement Show Myths

A homebuilding team on a reality show may consist of much more than they show you.We have some breaking news for everyone who has fallen in love with the recent “reality” show oversaturation:  it’s not really reality! Alright, you probably already knew this, but it is worth repeating as new shows continue to pop up and offer a different spin on “reality.” One of the most popular themes for these shows is home renovations or buying and selling a home. We wanted to set the record straight on some of the common misconceptions and expectations that these shows can perpetuate and prepare you to use discernment when viewing them. Continue reading

Smart Thermostats & Your Home Energy

Smart ThermostatEveryone has that room or region of their household that gets too hot or too cold depending on what time of year it happens to be. These uneven home temperatures not only can affect your comfort levels, but they can affect your wallet as well. Adjusting the thermostat to make sure every room is at the right level can be a burden, and can waste quite a bit of energy and money.

Enter smart thermostats, which have quickly improved and evolved since their introduction in 2011. In a time when everyone was looking to save money with the economic collapse and recession, a viable solution began to enter our homes.

For those of you unfamiliar with smart thermostats, these thermostats all look to improve the energy efficiency of the heating and cooling in your home, typically by using sensors, programmable technology, and even apps that integrate with your smartphone. These thermostats keep the heating or cooling off when no one is home or in the room, when you are asleep, and can kick them on shortly before you get home so you come home to a comfortable temperature. They can also stabilize that room or rooms in your home that tends to be hot or cold. These devices actually learn over time to automatically adjust themselves based on trends and patterns. Continue reading

Now Is The Time To Remodel

One of the best ways to increase the value of your home is through remodeling. Whether you go with a whole house renovation or kitchen, bathroom, basement, or garage renovation, you will typically see a nice return on your investment with each or any. With the resale market still struggling to turn around, it makes more sense economically to wait to sell and/or consider a remodel instead.

Kitchen RemodelWith a home renovation your space will not only look better, but can function better and offer new features as well. Adding a patio or deck, for example, will allow new areas to sit and relax and improve your quality of life. Upgrading doors, windows, and insulation can improve your heating costs and save you money in the long run through improving your homes energy efficiency. Repainting your rooms or upgrading outdated flooring, cabinets, or countertops are all great ways to bring your home out of the 80’s and give it a more modern look and feel. Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Choose a New Home Instead of a Resale

Welcome to our new blog! Here you’ll find up-to-date information and news relevant to potential home buyers, or those considering remodeling or renovating services. If there is anything particular you’d like us to touch on with this blog, or if you have specific questions, feel free to contact us or post a comment below.

Working in Lancaster, PA and the surrounding areas for over 60 years on new home builds, whole house renovations, and custom bathroom, basement, kitchen, and garage remodeling has given us a special brand of experience that allows us to anticipate a lot of our client’s questions. One such question is: Continue reading