Which Home Upgrades Should You Prioritize?

Every homeowner has a list of home upgrades that they want to accomplish. However, in today’s uncertain world, it’s not always feasible to tackle all of the home upgrades at once. From turning your home into a smart home to installing a smart thermostat and from having a plumber come out to fix your plumbing to installing smart locks for the safety of your family, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to home upgrades.

While you want to know how to upgrade your house to a smart home, and you certainly should, should that be the top priority on your home upgrade list? Maybe so, but, then again, maybe not. Read on below, for a few of the home upgrades you should prioritize according to your specific home needs.

Safety First

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No matter what home improvement upgrades, such as installing an Amazon Alexa or a smart speaker with a Google assistant you might want, you need to do the upgrades that keep your family safe first and foremost. Repairs such as fixing an unsteady staircase, having a roof that is leaking repaired, or repairing cracks to the foundation of your home should come first. In today’s world, smart locks in your smart home are also a good idea, as they enhance the security of your home and help to protect your family as well. Other safety features to consider area video doorbell that lets you see whoever is at your front door and new smoke detectors.

Plumbing/AC Problems

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Whether it’s plumbing installations in new constructions or updating the plumbing in your home, if you have rusted pipes or clogged toilets and overflowing sinks, then you need to make getting the plumbing repaired your first priority. If it’s just little things such as your plumbing fixtures, then it’s not that bad and easy to replace. However, if you’re constantly having to plunge your toilet or clean up water from a backed-up sink, it’s time to call in the professionals.

Another home upgrade that should be a top priority is your HVAC unit. Whether it’s a faulty thermostat that is failing to read your temperature correctly or that the air conditioner vents are only blowing hot air in the middle of a summer heatwave, then you need to get it fixed as soon as possible. Keeping your air conditioning unit in good repair will give you great peace of mind that you’re doing everything you can to keep your family comfortable in their own home.

Window or Door Replacement

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Installing new windows and doors in your home not only keeps your family safer, but it also lowers your energy bills in the long run. If you have drafts coming through the windows and doors, then you’re letting out warm air in the winter and cold air in the summer, which will dramatically increase your electric bill. Also, windows or a front door that’s cracked, weak, and fail to shut and lock properly make your family easy prey for any intruders looking to get into your home. Replacing the windows and doors is a great way to increase safety, lower your bills, and be more environmentally friendly at the same time.

Energy-Efficient Appliances

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While it shouldn’t be prioritized over the other renovations on this list, replacing your old, outdated appliances with new energy-efficient models should certainly be a top priority. Not only does it make your kitchen safer, but replacing those appliances also reduces your carbon footprint on the planet. If you have been looking for a way to be more eco-friendly, then this is the perfect way to do it.

These are just a few of the home upgrades that you should prioritize when you’re looking through your home renovation list. Remember, safety first, then start working on the rest a little at a time as your budget allows.

Derek Sullivan

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