Cost-Effective Home Improvements for Savvy Homeowners

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Simple home remodeling tips to cut costs and raise your home’s overall value before the new year

By installing hardwood cabinets, homeowners will save money in the long run while enjoying a higher quality environment today.

Looking to get a home remodeling project done before the new year? Savvy homeowners and do-it-yourselfers across the country are taking advantage of some quick and easy ways to add value to their homes without spending a fortune. As consumer spending toward home remodeling continues to rise after a three-year lull, according to the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, look for additions and improvements that cut costs while raising a home’s overall value.

The following are a few tips and tricks that will help any homeowner save money and add value:

Take advantage of efficient home improvement tax credits

Federal tax credits are available for homeowners who make energy-efficient improvements to their homes. The tax credit – expiring Jan. 1, 2011 – allows homeowners to claim 30 percent or up to $1,500 on home remodeling initiatives.

According to the IRS, materials used for home improvements ranging from adding insulation to energy-efficient exterior windows can go toward the tax credit. Additionally, homeowners can put the cost of purchase, labor and installation of high-efficiency air conditioning or heating systems, hot water heaters and certain types of stoves toward the credit. To learn what home remodeling projects apply for the tax credits available, visit: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index.

Install real wood cabinets

When it comes to buying kitchen or bathroom cabinets, the most expensive options aren’t necessarily made with the best materials. Many cabinets, even high-end lines, are made of particleboard with wood veneer. Solid hardwood cabinetry, which is much more dependable and durable, can actually cost less.

Cabinets To Go, a national retailer that sells high-quality wood cabinets and designer accessories, sells warranty-covered, real wood kitchen and bathroom cabinets that are sold at 50 percent less than comparable options offered by traditional retailers. Furthermore, the cabinet provider has a Virtual Kitchen Planner that helps customers design their entire kitchen or bathroom before setting foot in the store.

By installing hardwood cabinets, homeowners will save money in the long run while enjoying a higher quality environment today.

Switch to energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs

Many homes have old incandescent bulbs that don’t last very long and use a great deal of energy. Many homeowners are now choosing CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) light bulbs over conventional light bulbs to light their homes as they provide:

  • Cost savings – Although CFLs cost three to 10 times more than comparable incandescent bulbs, they last six to 15 times as long (6,000–15,000 hours). One CFL bulb can save more than $40 in electricity costs over its lifetime.
  • Lower energy usage – CFLs can replace incandescents that are roughly three to four times their wattage, using about 75 percent less energy.
  • Lower maintenance – CFLs can be more convenient for hard-to-reach places because they last longer and do not need to be changed as often.
  • Increasing versatility – CFLs are now available in a variety of colors, from soft white to daylight, and they can be used for virtually any situation, including dimmable, 3-way and outdoors.

About Cabinets To Go
Cabinets To Go is the premier destination for consumers to purchase high quality wood cabinets and designer accessories for their kitchens and bathrooms at extremely discounted prices. With Cabinets To Go, consumers can make their dream kitchen and bathroom a reality without sacrificing affordability, quality and luxury features. In addition, the Cabinets To Go free online 3D Planning Tool makes it easy for customers to design their dream kitchen prior to ordering. Cabinets To Go has more than 25 locations and offers online ordering with shipping nationwide. For more information about Cabinets To Go, visit http://www.cabinetstogo.com.

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