As a homeowner, you’ll know that your list of to-dos is never-ending. Whether you just purchased your home or have been living there for 20 plus years, the list of never-ending work can make you feel like you are living in the movie The Money Pit.
Although it may overwhelm you at times, it’s essential to prioritize what is needed at the moment and what can be done down the line. One of the most efficient ways to decipher what to complete first is by considering what will add the most value to your home.
While you may not be planning on selling your home right now, you never know what the future holds — and by keeping your house’s overall value in mind, you can rest easy knowing that it will be a buyers dream in the future.
So, to make your home the envy of those around you, and to put a dent in that long list of to-do’s, here’s how you’ll want to increase your home’s value:
Improve Your Water Quality
Do you feel as if you’re always fighting soap scum on your kitchen and bathroom fixtures? If so, do you feel like you are spending more time scrubbing than you should? If that’s the case, then the problem could be caused by hard water — and it’s affecting more than just your wasted time cleaning.
See, when hard water is present in your plumbing and your home, it can alter the way your laundry and dishes are washed. It can leave your skin and hair feeling dry and dull and it is most likely shortening the lifespan of your appliances — how so, you ask? Through mineral deposits and buildup.
When you start a wash cycle, the soap and detergent you use must work with the water to get your items clean. However, in homes with hard water, minerals are mixing with everything, making it much harder to get a deep clean. This also happens to leave you with dull clothes, and not so sparkly dishes; goes for your skin and hair.
Now, think about the inside of these appliances. That water gets transported through your plumbing, and that buildup can start to do the same to your pipes. Not only that, to get the clean you desire, you’ll often run a second rinse cycle, wasting more energy. All this puts unnecessary stress on your appliances and leads to shorter lifespans. The solution for all of this? Water softening. With this simple investment, you’ll get the most out of your appliances, your skin and hair will thank you, and you’ll spend less time cleaning — all wins in our book!
Give Your Plumbing Some TLC
From missed leaks to outdated fixtures, when was the last time you gave your plumbing the attention it deserves? Leaky fixtures can lead to expensive water waste over time, not to mention the possibility of water damage, too. These inexpensive fixes are often easy to repair — and the sooner you have them fixed, the less likely you are to have a more significant issue at hand.
Another option to consider is switching to low flow fixtures. If your shower head or sink faucet have been around longer than you have, chances are, they’re not low flow and are putting out a lot more water than you actually need. Today’s modern low flow fixtures regulate your water pressure to help you cut down on water waste.
On the other hand, if you’ve seen a sudden decrease in water pressure across your entire home, it could be caused by older pipes that may need replacing. A trusted plumbing professional can test your water pressure and assess the problem to find the best solution for you. If it’s occurring in just one fixture, it could just be a clog that can be easily rectified by soaking the aerator (located in the fixture) in vinegar overnight.
Keep Up With HVAC Tune-ups
A home with an open floor plan is lovely and all, but in the dead of summer, a properly working central air conditioning unit is what seals the deal. Not to mention heating your home on those cold winter nights. Now we know it might not be a visual sell for those looking to purchase your home, but when it comes time to inspect or explain the details, you will have full confidence in knowing that your system is efficient.
With a regular tune-up, a technician will check and clean your system from top to bottom — and from there, they will point out any issues that might need repairing, suggesting the best course of action. This will lead to fewer chances of breakdowns, a longer system lifespan, and less energy waste. Not only that, for many systems it helps keep your warranty intact too ( many require yearly tune-ups to be done).
Keep Your Home Properly Illuminated
If you haven’t invested in landscape lighting, now is the perfect time to do so. Not only is it more aesthetically pleasing, but it can also be an essential part of your home’s safety. For more information on why you should consider landscape lighting, read here.
By moving these tasks to the top of your to-do list, your home will be a buyer’s dream!
For all your electrical, plumbing and HVAC needs, Ostrom Electrical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help. All our services come with upfront pricing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee! Contact us (540) 253-1559 today!