Looking at a home for sale, oftentimes the only thing that’ll keep you from deciding to purchase it is the fact that certain parts—especially the exterior ones—have been rendered out of date. Not to worry—many owners are willing to slash their prices just a tad if you agree to shoulder the renovations yourself. Just don’t be afraid to broach the subject.
That said, if you do decide to remodel, make sure that the materials you replace the old ones with enhance your home’s energy efficiency and do not hamper it in anyway. Some of the remodeling work you can do to achieve better energy efficiency is to replace old windows, doors, siding, and roofing.
Energy-efficient homes contain a well-constructed thermal envelope, i.e. every component of a house that protects the interior from the outdoors, among other considerations. In that sense, remodeling products like doors, windows, siding, and roofing contribute greatly to energy efficiency. Each of these items, in turn, directly affects a home’s thermal envelope.
With a few modifications, you’ll be able to transform that nearly perfect property into the dream home you’ve always imagined. As long as you know what renovations need to be done and how much each job will cost, you can get your money’s worth out of your real estate purchase.