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It’s Time For Winter Construction Repairs In Fredericksburg Va

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As a home or business owner, your property is of the utmost importance because any potential problems can pose additional dangers. For many in Fredericksburg, VA, this means ensuring that any repairs are done before the winter weather arrives and problems worsen.

 

Understanding the importance of repairs and exactly what is needed is important. Our team is dedicated to making sure you get the repairs you need before the winter hits so you can be the most comfortable in your home or office. Here are some of the things you should do to ensure winter repairs are done before the weather gets too cold.

 

Basic Repairs: Make Sure Any Open Spaces are Closed Up 

If your home or office has any spaces exposing your indoor to the elements from outside, you want to be sure that these are closed up and fixed as soon as possible. When you have any kind of open space, it lets in some of the elements from outside, including the colder weather.

 

This means you’re not only dealing with the need for repairs, but you’re also losing money on energy costs when your heating unit has to work harder to compensate for the cold air entering the home.

 

Roof and Shingles Need Repairs When the Weather Gets Bad

When your roof is messed up and needs repairs, it’s important to do so before the weather gets bad and threatens other parts of your home or office. For instance, if there is a big downfall of rain, it can cause even further damage to your roof, as well as seep through into insulation or the walls, resulting in water damage and potential mold.

 

Similarly, the shingles should be repaired so the drywall and insulation are not damaged. If water and other elements get through the shingles, it can cause the foundation to suffer some water damage as well, putting the structure at risk of potential problems.

 

Other Problems That May Occur that you should repair

All areas of your home or business should be checked to ensure there are no other problems. For instance, if you notice that the foundation is uneven or cracking, if you have issues in the basement or attic, or if you notice paint discoloration on the walls, these are all potential signs of problems that should be addressed as quickly as possible to protect from any further issues that you may experience.

 

When it comes to repairs of the home or business in preparation of the winter, you want to ensure that you have highly trained and experienced professionals helping you get to the bottom of the issue. If you try to fix the problems on your own, you run the risk of either not getting the issues properly resolved or causing even more trouble for yourself in the long run.

 

At the end of the day, you don’t want to wait until winter gets here to make repairs. By that point, it may be too late and you may experience a lot more damage than you want to endure.

Thinking About Solar Panels? Here’s a List of Things to Consider.

There are a lot of new reasons why solar panels are an extremely good idea but are they right for your home? Don’t worry, becoming a hippie and eating tofu every day is not a prerequisite to installing solar panels, contrary to popular belief. Hippie or not, want to save the planet or just save a lot of money, or both…we don’t care. Either way, solar panels help you save on energy costs and over the years, solar panels have only become less expensive and even more useful. Another added incentive is the 30% federal tax that you get to claim if you install them before the end of 2019. With where the market is at right now, your solar panels could pay for themselves in as little as 5 years depending on your location. Of course, you need to first see if solar panels are even right for your home. To see if your home is optimal for solar panels, read through the points below regarding your roof.

Things to consider about your home:

  • Solar panels are most productive on roofs that are south-facing. This is due to how the U.S. is positioned in relation to the sun. West-facing and south-facing are the next most productive. North-facing roofs are the least productive and many companies will recommend other options.
  • Solar panels work best when they can be in the sun for at least 5 hours per day. If you have anything that would get in the way of the sun hitting your roof for up to 5 hours, your home may not be optimal. Some things that might cause your roof to become shaded are things like trees, hills, mountains, and other buildings or houses.
  • Solar panels need about 500 sq. ft. of space on your roof. The solar panels require about 100 sq. ft. per kilowatt of solar.
  • Ideally, solar panels need to be positioned at a 30% angle. However, they can be installed on roofs at angles between 0%-45%. When your roof isn’t at an angle that is needed, panels are installed on tilted racks. You’ll want to watch your roof throughout the day and see what goes on in your situation. Sometimes, a roof that is too steep, doesn’t get any sun exposure.
  • Find out what kind of roof you have. Your local jurisdiction may not allow solar panels to be installed on certain types of roofing.
  • Find out how old is your roof is. Usually, your panels will be under warranty for 20-30 years so you want to make sure your roof won’t need to be replaced. Solar panels are usually warrantied to last for 25 to 30 years.
  • Find out what size system do you need. You may not get an accurate estimate from an eager contractor. There are resources you can use to double check any estimates that you receive. Try using the Energy Department’s PVWatts Calculator.
  • How long will you be in this house? Solar panels typically pay for themselves within 5 years. If you sell your home before this happens, you run the risk of taking a financial loss.

Things to consider about the state that you live in and whether solar panels will be worth the investment:

  • What are your local energy costs? You can use this map of electric rates, to see if solar panels will make a significant difference in your energy bill. Decide by checking the rate per kilowatt hour on one of your energy bills.
  • Are there any special incentives available in your state? In addition to the federal tax credit already available, some states offer additional incentives for installing solar panels. You can check for such incentives on the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.
  • Does your energy company have net metering? If your power company offers net metering, they will pay you if you generate more electricity than you need, buying the energy back from you. Check here to see if you have net metering.
  • Do you live in an SREC (solar renewable energy certificate) state? There are many states, about 30 states that require power companies to generate a certain amount of electricity from renewable sources. So power companies looking to fill this requirement will sometimes pay you to help them. You can earn up to $480 in some locations.

Do your research about installing solar panels in your area and on your home. Having a contractor come out and help walk you through some of these questions can also be very helpful. Our contractors can work with your solar panel contractor to ensure that their plan meets your overall remodeling goals. Contact us today!

Best Remodeling Projects to Add Home Value in 2018

When it comes time to put some work in on your home with the hopes of upping the value, not all projects are equal. Some home remodeling projects don’t have great success rates on the ROI (return on investment) as others. For example, it is unlikely that you will see a decent financial return on something added like a swimming pool. Expensive remodeling projects are dangerous right now as you are likely to only see up to half of your expenses recouped. We have however put together a list of some tips and home remodeling projects that have shown to increase the value of your home when it comes time to sell.

Home Remodeling Tips for 2018

  • Curb Appeal

Where should you start with your remodeling projects? Survey says, the front of your house, where everyone can see it. Adding to the curb appeal has a very high ROI. Things like upgrading your garage door, adding a wood deck, replacing the roof, windows etc. are all estimated to be a very good investment in 2018.

  • Fix or Replace

Do what you can to fix or replace the area in and around your home before adding on and doing a full remodel anywhere in the home. It is a better idea to fix your siding and to continue to improve your curb appeal than it is to start a full remodel on your kitchen right now especially since there is a high likelihood that the next homeowner will probably redo the kitchen anyway.

  • Stretch Your Living Space

Fixing up the basement, adding a deck, and adding luxurious touches to current living spaces are very popular right now and these projects show to have a decent return on investment.

Home Remodeling Projects for 2018  

The projects below are estimated to give you the most bang for your buck.

  • Garage door replacement

Keep up with your curb appeal by replacing your current garage door. It is estimated to have one of the highest ROI for 2018. Now is a great time to replace your garage door, especially if your current one has any damage showing. Potential buyers may question how well you have kept up with the rest of the house based on a bad garage door. The average cost is approximately $3,400 and shows to give you back a 98.3% return! It is also one of the first things people see when they look at

  • Manufactured stone veneer

You can also keep up on your curb appeal by adding new siding. While any type of siding offers a new and improved look, masonry veneer will give you the best bang for your buck, with a huge 97% ROI (return on investment). When it comes to siding, you have a lot of options, you can choose from many different types of styles like either brick or stone veneer. You will definitely want to consider having your siding done professionally, this will look the best and offer the best resale value.

  • Wood Deck Addition

When you ask homeowners to put together a home remodeling wish list, a deck is usually high up on that list and fortunately, 2018 is a good time to add one! The average cost is approximately $11,000 with an average return of 80%. Real estate agents love good decks that are well designed because they are a great selling point. Wood decks specifically see a high ROI with cedar and redwood being at the top of that list.

  • A Minor Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling your entire kitchen can often be one of the most expensive spots in the house to do a full remodel on. If you’re looking to add value and keep your ROI high, doing a minor renovation could be just the thing you’re looking for. The average cost of a minor kitchen remodel is about $21,200 and homeowners can expect up to an 80% return. A minor renovation can include replacing things like cabinet doors, drawer faces, hardware, countertops, oven tops, refrigerator, and sink. You can also repaint the trim, replace flooring etc. A full kitchen remodel shows to only offer a 60% return.

  • Window Replacements

Replacing your current windows for something more modern can be an excellent investment and will add to the selling points of the home and curb appeal, especially if your current ones are outdated. Also, adding energy efficient windows will add possible financial savings for you while you are still in the home as you save on energy costs.