4 Home Improvement Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

When it comes to home improvement and keeping your home environment comfortable, there is a lot of information (and misinformation) out there, making it hard to discern fact from fiction. Below, we’ve put together a list of the most common home-related myths that you shouldn’t believe.

Don’t Believe These Home Improvement Myths

Here are just a few myths and misconceptions that could be holding you back from enjoying your home space:

Myth #1: Any type of remodeling project can add value to your home.

The Truth: While there are many home improvement projects that can make your home more comfortable while adding value to property, not every remodeling project increases the value of your house. For instance, while kitchen and bathroom remodels tend to raise the value of a home, purchasing brand new appliances may not be a worthwhile investment before selling your home as many new homeowners have a preference on appliances and may intend to replace anyway.

Myth #2: Going green is expensive.

The Truth: Though some energy efficient additions may require a significant up-front investment, many of these additions can actually save you money in the long run, such as energy efficient appliances or solar panels. Additionally, not every energy efficient improvement is costly. For instance, improving your insulation and sealing cracks and gaps around your doors and windows is fairly affordable and easy to do on your own.

Myth #3: I can make all my home improvements myself.

The Truth: Unless you are a professional handyman and know exactly what you are doing, we don’t recommend taking on every home improvement project on your own. Though you might want to DIY to save a little money on labor costs, the truth is that if you don’t know how to make the fix or improvement in your home, you will most likely end up doing more harm than good. Not only could you fail to fix the problem, but you could even make the problem worse, leading to an even more costly repair than if you had called a professional in the first place.

Myth #4: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

The Truth: Though this may work for some things around your house, the truth is that home maintenance and making ongoing improvements can make your home a safer and more comfortable place to live. Not to mention, taking care of your home helps you maintain or increase the value of the property when you decide it’s time to sell. Make an effort to schedule ongoing maintenance on your home systems, such as your heating and cooling equipment. This can help ensure that your system is running smoothly and efficiently.

Now that you know the truth about your home, don’t let these myths hold you back from creating a comfortable, safe, and happy environment for you and your family. If you want to learn more about home improvement, home comfort, HVAC, and maintenance, be sure to check back on our blog each month for more quality content about your favorite home topics.

3 Tips for Making a 2017 Home Repair and Maintenance Budget

The new year is just around the corner, so why not make it your best yet? There is a good chance that you have already started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions and which personal goals you would like to start working on. But have you thought about what projects you’d like to take on around your home in 2017?

Regular maintenance is an important part of maintaining a safe and comfortable home environment. The key to making home improvement projects successful is planning ahead. This includes both knowing what needs to be done, but also considering how you will pay for it. By the end of this article, you’ll have a better idea of how to make a 2017 home improvement budget.

How to Make a 2017 Home Improvement Budget

Here are just a few tips for preparing a home improvement budget for the new year:

  1. Set aside time and money for maintenance.

It’s important to plan ahead for the new year so that you can set aside an adequate amount of money and time to complete your home improvement projects. There are many basic maintenance tasks that you can complete yourself to save money such as landscaping, painting, and cleaning. Other projects will require a professional. By taking some time at the beginning of the year to look at all of the home improvement projects you would like to complete, you will be able to better determine how much time and money each project will require. This helps you better manage your time and budget.

  1. Plan ahead to save for major home improvement projects.

Major home improvement projects like replacing your roof, remodeling your kitchen, or installing a new HVAC system can be costly and time consuming. That is why it is vital to plan ahead and save for these purchases. Periodically check your home’s appliances and other elements of your house such as the roof, deck, etc. to anticipate when each will need to be replaced or repaired. Then, set aside money each month to go toward making these improvements in the future.

  1. Factor in money-saving improvements.

We all want to have a nice looking home, but aesthetics should not be your only concern when it comes to home improvement projects. If you want to save money in the long run, you may want to plan for money-saving improvements like installing energy efficient appliances or improving your home’s insulation. These energy-saving home improvement projects can help you conserve more energy and significantly reduce your energy costs over time.

Now that you know what to include and consider in your home repair and maintenance budget, it’s time to get down to business and start deciding which projects you will take on this year. If a new air conditioner or indoor air quality products are on your list of home renovations, contact us. We would love to help you create a more comfortable environment in your Canoga Park home.