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4 Practical, Money-Saving Projects to Take on This Fall

Behind the walls home improvements might not be pretty, but they are pretty important.

It’s the big moment at the end of your favourite home improvement show. The homeowners walk in, nervous and excited about the results of their recent project. Then they turn the lights on, revealing …nothing. The same floors, walls and furniture. Not even a fresh lick of paint. The reveal was the fact that the lights came on, because they’ve just had their electrical panel replaced.

Of course, you’ll never see a show about behind the scenes renovations, because let’s face it, they just aren’t as sexy as a kitchen remodel. However, that doesn’t mean that those “unsexy” home improvements aren’t important. In fact, those behind the scenes jobs are probably the most important projects to take on in your home. An ugly bathroom is one thing, but a bathroom without consistently running water is another entirely.

Here are some practical home improvement projects to add to your to-do list:

Improve the Insulation

Chances are, you haven’t given the insulation in your home much thought …except when you’ve noticed your heating and cooling bills going up. Incidentally, did you know that upgrading your home’s insulation can help you save up to 40% annually on your home energy bill?

Some signs of poor insulation include: cold walls and floors, uneven heating, mold and increasing heating and cooling bills. In winter, the presence of ice dams forming along the roof line is also a big sign that your attic may need new insulation. However, you don’t want to wait until problems arise before you begin considering an insulation upgrade.

Your first step is to ensure that the attic and other insulated areas in your home have the correct R-Value. This is the measurement of how well the insulation resists heat. Higher R-Values denote high performing insulation.  The best way to determine this is to schedule an appointment with an insulation specialist. They can come in and let you know if it’s time for an upgrade.


Add a Whole Home Humidifier

One of the most beneficial, yet totally invisible improvements you can make is to your home’s indoor air. While you might not be able to see this change, you will definitely be able to feel it.

Adding a whole home humidifier can drastically change how comfortable you and your family feel at home. When the air in your home is dry it can lead to numerous skin and respiratory troubles, including itchy sinuses, nose bleeds, and flaky skin.

A whole home humidifier attaches to your existing HVAC system, and allows you to improve the air in your entire home. That makes it a much more convenient option than portable units, particularly if you have multiple allergy sufferers in your home. These whole home units also require less work than the portable version, since there’s no water tank to constantly refill. You may also find that they increase the value of your home.

Contact a local HVAC specialist to learn more about your options.


Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

With an increasing number of electronics and advanced appliances making their way into Canadian households, homeowners are beginning to learn that their old electrical service and panel might not be sufficient.  Or, if your panel is still running on fuses, then it’s definitely time for an upgrade.

An electrical upgrade will increase the capacity of your electrical service, thereby preventing or perhaps solving any problems with overloads that you might experience otherwise. Interested in adding more smart products to your home? You might want to start with an electrical upgrade.

To learn more, find a local electrician in your area.


Basement Waterproofing

With the majority of Canadian basement used as living space rather than storage, there’s a growing need to ensure that flooding risks are prevented.

Basement waterproofing is a procedure used to prevent water from penetrating a home via the basement. If you have a leaky basement or notice excessive standing water in your yard, you may need to contact a local basement waterproofing contractor about a solution.


Let Connect You with Local Contractors

When you’re ready to get started on your next home improvement project, be sure to make your first stop. Browse our listings for local home improvement professionals and take a look through galleries features some of their past projects. But what really makes our listing stand out are the featured articles you’ll find in some of the pro profiles. These articles give you a firsthand glimpse into who these pros are and how they work.

The next step is to select at least three different contractors, request quotes and/or calls and then choose the pro best suited to your needs. It’s just that easy!

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