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Kitchen Remodel with Katie from 106.5 The Wake Up Call

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GAF Roof Replacement and Gutter Installation Drone Video

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How does improving your home’s energy rating and indoor air quality impact its value 

If you’re planning on selling your home, there’s a lot to consider. You may already have some improvements in mind, such as a kitchen overhaul, that you hope will boost your return-on-investment. However, there’s another category of upgrades you should consider: by making energy and indoor air quality improvements in your home prior to listing, you can improve your home’s value and curb appeal. In this article, we’ll review why this is and how you can get started.

Why energy-efficiency matters

There’s been a major, yet subtle, change in home building here in the United States. In the 60s and 70s, most homes were built without energy efficiency in mind: even in areas of the country where such improvements might have made sense, energy costs were far too low to make them a worthwhile investment for either the builder or the buyer—who the costs would have likely been passed onto, anyway.

Yet, times have changed, and now those same homes are at a crossroads. They exist in a market where energy costs are higher and the financial and environmental impact of highly wasteful energy use is felt more than ever before. Yet, many homeowners have not yet invested back into their home to retrofit them and bring them up to current standards.

Why make energy improvements?

In most cases, selling your home can be the push needed to move forward with energy improvements. In fact, an increasing number of homebuyers are taking energy efficiency and energy-efficient upgrades into consideration when purchasing a home. If you’re looking to maximize your home’s value and curb appeal, high-ROI home energy upgrade projects might be worth investing some time and money into.

Finding your home’s energy rating

All homes—brand-new, old, or somewhere in-between—can be evaluated using the Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS). This rating system is used to grade homes on their energy-efficiency relative to the average new home, which is assigned a score of 100. Homes that are 40% more efficient than the average new home would have a score of 60, while homes that are 50% less energy-efficient than that same home would have a score of 150. Generally, an older home on the market has a score between 130-150.

Getting a HERS rating

To find your HERS rating, you’ll need to consult with a professional home energy audit specialist in your area. Your score is influenced by the energy efficiency of your exterior walls, your attic insulation, your windows, your air ducts, your cooling and heating systems, and other factors.

Know before you start work

Having a HERS score before you start an energy efficiency overhaul of your home can help you measure progress and identify areas to target for the best-possible improvements. Think of it as a checklist: you’ll know exactly where to start making changes for the biggest bang-for-your-buck.

What is your home’s indoor air quality?

When most people think of “pollution,” they probably think about a crowded freeway or a smog-spewing power plant. Very few of them would think about their own home. Poor indoor air quality paired with the fact that you spend most of your time inside your home, means that your family is exposed to plenty of air quality hazards. Consider everything that might be in your air—pollen, dust, pet dander, viruses, mold spores—and you’ll start to see why indoor air quality is so important.

Two problems, one solution

Indoor air quality and energy efficiency often go hand-in-hand. For example, a home with leaky air ducts is not only wasting energy, but it’s also less effective at pushing air through the ductwork, which allows even more dust to build up. Similarly, homes with poor ventilation cannot take advantage of mild weather days to save energy or to discharge stale, dust-filled air.

Getting some fresh air

As with energy waste, the good news is that indoor air quality is something that can be improved. The first step is calling a local professional for an indoor air quality test. This test will determine exactly what’s in your home’s air, so that you can have a game plan for dealing with it. The solution may be increasing the ventilation to allow more fresh air in, getting those air ducts sealed, or having air filters installed to purify the air and remove odors.

Improve your home before you list

If you’re planning on selling your home this year, consider making energy-efficiency and indoor air quality improvements before you list. Not only can you include information about these upgrades in your listing, but prospective buyers touring your home will be able to notice (and smell) the difference. This can help you maximize your final sale price and get a buyer faster—all of which saves you money and hassle.

 

Isabella Cormier is the communications specialist and editor for Buddy’s A-1 Air Conditioning and Heating, a professional HVAC company located in Baton Rouge, LA. Isabella has been writing about the home service business for six years and enjoys giving advice that helps homeowners get the most out of their homes. At Buddy’s, we never lose sight of the fact that our mission is to earn your business, on each and every job.

 

Giant June Sale – Home Energy Efficient Savings

Katie Beers on air 106.5 The End. What home project would you do first? 

Radio ad: “Hey it’s Katie from the Wake Up Call and Quality First Home Improvement is having their biggest sale of the year on all the things you need to make your home ridiculously energy efficient. Save money on windows, I mean you don’t want cool air going out and hot air coming in, right? Roofs. Tex-cote paint, which is cool paint that helps your house from getting too hot or too cold. H-V-A-C systems. Patio Covers. Solar. Which if you don’t have solar, get it! You’re going to save yourself so much money. We’ve got solar and sometimes we don’t even have a bill, we have a credit on our bill. It’s wonderful. Now with their financing partner Ygrene, you can actually afford to do all of it. They offer no money down financing for energy efficient and renewable energy home improvements that you can just pay back with your property taxes. Make your house energy efficient by going to QualityFirstHome.com today or call Quality First Home Improvement at 866-241-0736 one more time 866-241-0736. California License number 875772.” .

Giant June Sale

Katie Beers from 106.5 the end on air in Sacramento, California.

Radio Ad “Hey it’s Katie from the Wake Up Call and if you don’t love your kitchen and bathroom, then this is the time to call Quality First Home Improvement because they’re having their GIANT JUNE SALE and with financing partner Ygrene, it’s easier than ever. When we moved into our house our kitchen was super outdated, drawers were broken and falling off the rails, our appliances didn’t match. I didn’t think we could really afford to renovate it until we got a quote from Quality First, they showed us all the ways we can save money. Even how we can do it in stages, plus Ygrene offers no money down financing for energy efficient and renewable energy home improvements that you can just pay back with your property taxes. No money down. 100% financing. No payments up to 12 months! Sometimes even more guys. Get the kitchen and bathroom you’ve always dreamed of and save money doing it with the Giant June Sale. Call Quality First Home Improvement today at 866-241-0736. One more time, 866-241-0736. California license number 875772″.

Kitchen Remodeling on a Budget

What you need to know about kitchen remodeling costs

If you are planning on remodeling your kitchen this year, you probably already have some ideas about what you want to change, upgrade, or take out. In most cases, the vision for the remodel comes first, and then is followed by the budget once the homeowners have time to price everything out. It’s at this point that many would-be remodelers realize that their plans and budget don’t match. Where do you go from there?

In this article, we’ll review the most important aspects of a kitchen remodel, and what separates them from the “extras” that may not be entirely necessary for an upgraded kitchen. We’ll also discuss ways to save money without compromising the quality or return-on-investment (ROI) of your new kitchen.

New countertops and cabinets should be your priority

The basics of any kitchen remodel—updating the countertops and cabinets—are also typically the aspects of the project you’ll spend the most money on. According to data from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, homeowners spend between 39 and 56 percent of their total kitchen remodeling budget on new cabinets, granite or quartz countertops, and the installation of both.

While this may seem like a lot of money to spend upfront on just two parts of your total remodel, the home value boost is often worth the investment. New cabinets and counters are the essential things that most buyers are looking for and looking at when searching for homes. Even if you upgraded every other part of your kitchen, older, scratched-up countertops and dinged-up cabinets are going to be a major turnoff for prospective buyers in your area.

Our recommendation is that you set aside about half of your remodeling budget for new countertops and cabinets, and then follow our tips to save on other aspects of the project that have a lower ROI.

Easy ways to save money

Now that we’ve discussed the basics of your kitchen remodel, let’s review a few ways you can cut down on your remodeling costs:

Open kitchen versus keeping your current layout

Home remodeling shows on TV have popularized the “open kitchen” concept. While an open kitchen can be appealing (and taking a sledgehammer to that wall can be immensely satisfying), not every home is right for the concept, and the cost of removing a wall and then moving plumbing and electrical can bloat your remodeling costs. In many homes, the size or layout of the kitchen is fine; opening the kitchen may be an improvement, but you also may not get a decent ROI for your trouble.

Do some things yourself (and leave the rest to the experts!)

Most remodeling costs can be split into two sections: the cost of the materials and the cost of the installation. A handy homeowner can cut down on the cost of labor by taking some aspects of their kitchen remodel into their own hands. For example, most types of laminate and vinyl flooring are relatively easy to install, and doing so yourself means you can reserve more of your budget for other upgrades in your kitchen.

Be sure to know your limits, however. Leave complex or heavy installation projects—including new countertops and cabinets—to the experts, and hire a licensed electrician or plumber when needed.

Avoid cutting corners to maximize your value

One way many homeowners try to save money on their kitchen remodel is by taking shortcuts, ranging from buying cheaply made cabinets to hiring non-professionals to handle their tile floor installation. Unfortunately, this decision often has disastrous consequences. Cheap cabinets will look cheap, which means you’re not getting the ROI on them that you thought you would. Improperly installed tile—installed crooked or not level—can be an eyesore and a tripping hazard for years to come.

Make your kitchen a place you will enjoy

Too many kitchen remodels start with the premise: “What will the person buying my house want?” While it’s important to take the market and general trends into consideration when making upgrades, don’t lose sight of the fact that this is your home. If you’re not planning on selling your home for several years, you want your new kitchen to be a space you and your family enjoy and use.

For more useful tips, check out this infographic from the team at , the go-to source for custom, wholesale countertops & cabinets in sunny Phoenix, Arizona.

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