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    Home Upgrades To Consider

    Guest Blog post provided by Karl Kennedy – Author of ProjectorTop.com
    If you’re like me, you have a list of home improvement projects you’d like to take care of.  Some of them are projects you could take care of in one day.  Others may appear daunting for various reasons.  Whether they’re not within the budget, too time-consuming or major inconveniences, we just keep dreaming about what could be.

    However, there are a few projects I highly recommend you cross off your list, or add to your list if you’ve never considered them. Not only could these projects make you feel better about your home, but they may actually add value to your property in the long run, or at least help you save money on your bills in the future.

    Solar Panels

    I’ll never fully understand my electric bill. There are dozens of calculations and graphs across multiple pages and acronyms I’ve never heard of. I feel that electric companies rip people off, especially when they charge premiums during peak hours. Being at the mercy of these giant companies and their nearly non-existent customer service is a headache to begin with.

    If your home gets plenty of sun, consider solar power. First and foremost, get multiple quotes and read reviews of the companies before making a choice. Make these businesses compete against one another to get the lowest price. I recommend using Yelp as a starting point, as it’s easy to use and not regulated by the businesses themselves.

    Next, I advise you to buy the solar panels, as opposed to leasing them. By purchasing them, you obviously own them, which adds value to your home. Since most people can’t afford to buy with cash, you can finance and get a manageable fixed monthly payment. These payments are often lower than what you’d be paying the electric company for your usage. Your home could become self-sufficient. On top of that, most solar panels come with 20+ year warranties and many last a lot longer than that, so your future-self will thank you for the free electricity. Plus, a lot of states offer tax breaks for solar panels since they’re considered “green.”

    Landscaping

    Similar to solar panels, your choice of landscaping can both save you money and help save the planet’s resources. Depending on the route you take, you could completely cut out the cost of a gardener (or at least decrease how often you need one), lower the number of costly gardening tools you need to maintain your property and decrease your water bill.

    Unless you’re set on having real grass, consider artificial turf. It looks good and requires minimal maintenance and no water. Be sure to get multiple quotes and have the companies bid against one another. While the cost may seem steep at first, artificial turf will pay for itself in the long run.

    If artificial turf is out of the question and you don’t need a soft lawn area, many homeowners are creating easy-to-maintain gravel gardens. Succulents and other “tough” plants can be placed throughout the area to add a splash of color and character. Not only are many of these plants beautiful, but they’re drought-resistant and don’t make a big mess as seasons change.

    Entertainment Systems

    If you don’t have as much of a “green thumb” and weren’t interested in the first two topics, perhaps this last one will influence you to pull the trigger on at least one home upgrade. Entertainment systems are a big part of our lives. Most people spend hours in front of screens each and every day. With technological advances occurring more regularly, this makes technology more affordable.

    Regardless of the space you have to work with, whether it’s a studio apartment or a full-on mansion, there’s a way to give yourself a more immersive and enjoyable viewing experience for whatever you love to watch. You can create a home theater setup that’ll mean you never need to go to the movies again, which may be necessary with this COVID pandemic. HomeTheaterABC offers reviews, buying guides, comparisons and tips across a multitude of brands. It’s a great starting point for anybody interested in a new entertainment system.

     

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