Have you considered selling your home some time down the road? If you don’t plan to stay in your home forever, there are a few things you can do in your home now to increase the value of it, should you plan to sell later on. Several home improvement projects can have a surprisingly good effect on your home’s perceived value, which can really help you when it comes time to put your home on the market.

  1. To increase the perceived value of your home, install new lighting in your bathroom. You would be amazed at what some brighter and more energy efficient LED lights can do to your bathroom vanity! They are versatile and have impressive longevity. Installing lighting bars on either side of your vanity mirror will give more attractive illumination to images in the mirror; just these small changes in your bathroom can pay off big, with return on your investment being at least 70%,

  2. Replacing old and drafty windows and doors in your home can pay off a great deal; replacement home windows can offer energy savings by keeping the heated or cooled air inside your home, where it belongs. Replacement windows and doors can be chosen to match your home’s current style and you can choose window pane options that reduce U/V rays and insulate your home better than your current windows. Adding new energy efficient vinyl windows can help give you an energy efficient home, allowing you to recoup up to 70% of the project cost in added home value.

  3. Install a programmable thermostat in your home. This clever little thermostat will help you save even more money on your heating and cooling bills by only keeping your home at the most comfortable temperature while you are there. Your heated or cooled air will be kept to a minimum while you are away from the home; you can simply program the thermostat with your daily schedule and it will do the rest, keeping your home the right temperature for you all year round. This little addition to your home can save you a significant amount on your energy bills and most buyers expect to see a programmable thermostat when house hunting. This can also make your home more marketable in the future.

Selling your home can be a tough decision, but if you know that it is right for you, these home improvement projects will help to increase the value of your home for when it’s finally time to sell.

For help with the replacement windows and doors for your property, look no further than the window replacement company serving all of MD, VA, DC and OH at Window Nation. We have many windows and doors to choose from with many energy efficient options to help make your home more comfortable, reduce your energy bills and improve the overall value of your home. Contact us today for more information on our services or stop by one of our many showrooms to see the many window and door options we have for you!

The time has come when homeowners across the country are eager to get started on their spring home improvement projects. Whether they are indoor projects or outdoor projects, you can count on a busy season for home improvement companies nationwide. But we wanted to remind you before you tackle your next project, that energy efficient home improvement projects are eligible to receive energy tax credits! That means a savings for you now and also, long-term savings that comes from having a more energy efficient home. With the many different projects out there, energy efficient replacement windows are known to be eligible for energy tax credits.

Even better is that Congress has decided to make energy tax credits retroactive. So if you went all out in 2012 making energy efficient improvements to your home, you may still be able to receive a tax credit on this year’s returns!

Energy tax credits have many people and corporations excited. From an article posted to the Beacon Journal, “Obviously we think it’s a really great move to help consumers afford [improvements] and encourage them to think about making these energy-efficiency investments in their homes,” said Ronnie Kweller, a spokesperson for the Alliance to Save Energy, a Washington energy-efficiency lobby.

This is great news for both homeowners and energy efficiency advocates like our team of replacement window experts at Window Nation. We have always believed that creating an energy efficient home is one of the smartest home improvements you can make. Even windows that were made just 10 years ago do not prove to have the same great energy efficient technologies as today’s replacement windows. In addition to using fewer resources, homeowners save money on their heating and cooling bills!

Keep in mind, that as with any tax credit, there are eligibility regulations. We have created a document for you to help determine whether or not your recent or future home improvement projects are eligible to receive this year’s energy tax credits. Click here to view the 2012 – 2013 Tax Credit Information page.

If you are ready to get started with your home’s energy efficient replacement windows, please contact Window Nation today. Our service area extends from Ohio including Cleveland, to the D.C. Metro, to Baltimore, Maryland and to the Carolina’s. So, if you are ready to create a more energy efficient home AND enjoy the energy tax credits from your replacement project, please give us a call today or stop by one of our store locations near you!