Homeownership comes with all sorts of additional projects and, often, hidden costs. Thankfully, there are a number of programs available to homeowners that help lower the annual costs and increase property value.
Windows are the eyes to the house. They not only let the light in and make a huge impact on curb appeal, but they can also be a cost center if they aren’t sealed well or have leaks in the panes.
When To Replace
If your windows are more than 15 years old, it’s time to consider replacing them. At this point, they are likely creating a draft — meaning the cool air is escaping in the summer and the heat escaping in the winter.
Benefits Of Replacement
Besides the draft, there are two major benefits to replacing your windows. First, newer windows are easier to clean and are made with materials to increase energy efficiency. Second, newer windows increase the curb appeal of your home with more aesthetically pleasing touches.
Going solar is good for the planet and good for your wallet. In addition to improving your carbon footprint by lowering greenhouse emissions, installing solar panels on your roof can significantly lower your energy costs.
Is It Worth It?
Solar panels can save you tons of money and greatly improve the value of your home — not to mention the added benefit to the planet they will add in their 25-year lifespan.
Cost vs Value
Most people will qualify for the 30% federal tax credit plus any state incentives and rebates — making solar more affordable than you might think. Installation varies by company and location, but costs have been going down as popularity has increased. If you sell your home just 2 years after installation, you could recoup the invested funds without accounting for the tax credit and any rebates, making it an even better value for you.