Winter isn’t over yet and chances are, your heater has been working hard already these last couple of months. But did you know that your heater can only do so much in keeping you comfortable? Your thermostat plays a direct role in how your heating and cooling system operates. If you have an old thermostat, consider upgrading it. Here’s why:
Reason #1: The temperature in your home will be accurate.
Older thermostats are likely not efficient and usually, they have great variation between temperatures. This could mean that the rooms in your home could be unevenly heated on those cold days of winter. In addition, inefficient thermostats can also cause utility bills to increase, which means you’re paying more than you need to every month. By upgrading to a digital thermostat, you’ll be able to use digital display or push buttons that can help you set the temperature to exactly what you want. This ability to have an accurate set temperature translates to having a warmer, more comfortable home throughout.
Reason #2: Convenience.
Programmable thermostats will change how you interact with your home’s heating system. You won’t need to worry about manually adjusting your thermostat every time you want to make an adjustment. Instead, set the temperatures one time and let the thermostat do the rest of the work. For instance, if you program the thermostat to turn off or turn down the heat when you go to work, then have it set to come back on right before you get home, you’ll save yourself time.
Reason #3: Utilize smart technology.
Technology is always changing and it’s integrated into almost all parts of our daily lives. Your thermostats, heating system, and other appliances in your home aren’t any exception. If you choose to upgrade your thermostat to one that uses “smart technology”, you could connect it to your Internet and keep track of your energy usage. You could also set it up so you can program your thermostat while you’re away from the home and you can even access energy reports, which could help offer tips on how to minimize any negative impact you’re having on the environment.
There are a variety of smart thermostats on the market today for your home. You can contact your local heating and cooling supplier or make a trip to your nearest home improvement store to see what is out there. Research which one might work best for your specific space and soon you’ll be comfortable while saving money!
Have you enjoyed the amazing days of warm, spring-like weather that we’ve had? It has been uncharacteristic of this time of year in the Pacific Northwest, so it has been a real treat! With spring on its way and our clocks officially set forward, do you feel the urge to purge and clean out your home and garage. If you’re considering selling, spring cleaning and decluttering your home will help you greatly when it comes to listing your home.
Pay attention to the details.
Details make all the difference when it comes to making your home look and feel clean to both you and potential homebuyers at a showing. One of the most important things that prospective homebuyers notice when they first walk into a home is smell. So, if you’re cleaning your home, try to avoid harsh chemical odors or strong perfume style fragrances that can overwhelm. Instead, use products that help neutralize odors in the home and be sure that your carpets, upholstery and air ducts are recently cleaned. In addition, if you do choose to use home fragrances, choose mild scents that are comforting and familiar.
Maintain the outside.
After a long winter of rain and colder weather, it’s easy to let the outside maintenance of your front or back yard go to the wayside a little bit. When buyers first see the outside of your home, they will instantly form a first impression. Be sure that the lawn is mowed, edged, and leaves and other outside debris or clutter is picked up before each home showing.
Clutter, be gone!
If you’ve been in your home for any number of years, you know how clutter can build up around your home. Tackle each room one by one, no matter how long it takes and get rid of everything that isn’t a necessity. If there are things you want to keep but don’t need access too, find some decorative boxes or some other storage solution to keep them handy but tucked away from sight.
Whether you have already listed your home or you’re considering that spring is the right time to get the paperwork started to put your home on the market, your home will look better, feel more spacious, and be ready to go if you follow some of these helpful hints.
When it comes to selling your home, there is probably a checklist of to-do items that might seem endless. Cleaning carpets, purging cluttered closets, repairing odds and ends around the home – all of these types of tasks are par for the course when it comes to getting your home ready to sell. Before you put your home on the market, it’s important to do a thorough review of your home – inside and out – to see what potential problem areas there are. Put yourself in the shoes of a buyer. What would they notice and what would they want to be fixed? Here are three most important home repairs to make before you list your home.
- Leaking or damaged roof.
If there are suspected leaks or apparent damage on your roof, it will need to be fixed right away. Damaged or leaky roofs can be potentially hazardous, as it can lead to serious water damage. If the roof isn’t leaking, check for missing shingles and have them replaced immediately. If there are shingles that are damaged or loose, fix those as well so they don’t fly off in windy or rainy weather.
- Electrical issues.
Is your electrical panel overloaded? This is something that an inspector will notice and tell the buyer about right away. In addition, be sure that your wall switches, electrical outlets, or other fixtures in the home are fixed or replaced and be sure that any exposed wires are fixed and covered up so there is no risk of fire or electric shock. If you don’t have an electrical background, don’t attempt to fix all of these things yourself – a trained and licensed electrician should be the one that makes any upgrades or significant repairs to your system.
- Plumbing problems.
If your home has problems with plumbing, this is something that should be fixed right away. Be sure that all of your drains are working well and that there aren’t any leaks coming out of fixtures or major appliances like dishwashers, toilets, or showers. This could lead to water damage in walls or flooring, which could cause rot.
It’s important to take care of the big things first. Then, take care of cosmetic fixes and get your home staged well so it’s appealing to potential buyers. Then, you’ll be on the track toward a quick and efficient selling process!