Seven New Homeowner Tips for Adding ROI Value to the Home

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In the 2016 Cost Versus Value Report issued by Remodeling magazine, 30 popular remodeling projects were evaluated that can provide strong return-on-investment for homeowners. Experts at Mansfield Plumbing and Industry expert Allen Lyle recommends that Home Improvement Month in May is the time for homeowners to invest in these projects.

Prairie window in the Hy-Lite Home Designer Collection.

May is Home Improvement Month --- the ideal time for homeowners to make upgrades to both the interior and exterior of the home. According to experts home industry experts, these improvements can have a strong return on investment.

"Owning a home means having the ability to enhance your living space on a regular basis," says Allen Lyle, co-host of the Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford radio show. "Home Improvement Month is the ideal time to consider updating the roof, adding a deck or replacing a toilet. It's also a good time to evaluate the functionality of a home's doors and windows."

Lyle reminds people that improvements to the home are more than just a necessity --- they're an investment in the life and value of the home. "People shouldn't think of it as splurging on a new garage door or privacy window," says Lyle. "Instead, they should understand that every positive change made to the home adds to its overall resale value."

In the 2016 Cost Versus Value Report issued by Remodeling magazine, 30 popular remodeling projects were evaluated. The study shows that, on an average, homeowners with mid-range priced homes can expect to recoup 91.5 percent of their investment when replacing a garage door. Other high return-on-investment projects around the house include a roof replacement (71.7 percent cost recoup expected) and adding a composite deck (64.4 percent cost recoup expected).

With these insights and motivation in mind, Lyle offers seven "projects with payback" homeowners can consider tackling during Home Improvement Month to enhance living spaces:

Project #1 - Replace a garage door. This is probably the hardest working door in the home. People enter their house through it several times a day, so update it with a style that reflects the home's character. Consider a dependable American Tradition SeriesTM steel garage door from Haas Door® that combines elegant craftsmanship with durability. These carriage house style garage doors come in solid or woodgrain colors with unique overlay colors and details so homeowners can personalize the door to their home.

Project #2 - Get a new roof. It protects a family and a home, so homeowners shouldn't take their roof for granted. Lyle recommends evaluating it every year, and, if it's time for a replacement, consider a long-lasting, low-maintenance synthetic shake or slate roof from DaVinci Roofscapes®. The realistic-looking shingles resist impact, fire and insect damage for peace-of-mind. Plus, having this sturdy roof overhead can often result in reduced homeowner insurance premiums each year!

Project #3 - Add a new deck. Including a new deck allows homeowners to enjoy their outdoor living space in a new way. EverGrain® Composite Decking from TAMKO® is easy to install, with excellent results. The low-maintenance compression molded composite decking has a deep, lasting woodgrain look. Best of all, there's no need for painting or staining, and it comes in a variety of colors to complement any home exterior.

Project #4 - Upgrade to a designer privacy window. People tired of too-close neighbors looking into their home can solve the problem with decorative privacy windows from Hy-Lite®. Replacing existing windows in the bathroom and other rooms with eclectic Baroque, Mission, Prairie or Metro windows in the Home Designer CollectionTM adds style and privacy to the home.

Project #5 - Install a water-saving toilet. Low-flow toilets earning the WaterSense® label are certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance. That means a 1.28 gallon per flush (Gpf) toilet, like a Summit 1.28, can potentially save a family of four 16,206 gallons of water each year compared to a 3.5 Gpf toilet. Homeowners can calculate savings at the Water Savings Calculator on the Mansfield Plumbing website to determine just how much water and money a family can save by investing in a WaterSense rated toilet with a powerful flushing system.

Project #6 - Replace rotted exterior trim. Replace insect-infested boards with cellular PVC trim to add curb appeal to the home. Long-term maintenance hassles disappear when homeowners invest in composite trim pieces like those from Ply Gem®. The durable pieces don't absorb water like wood, so they won't rot or warp. And, because they're a cellular material, they tend to hold paint longer, giving owners more time to enjoy their home rather than work on it.

Project #7 - Invest in a microbubbling tub. Turning a bath into an at-home spa treatment is a winning move for anyone. Adding a MicroDermTM Therapeutic Bath to the bathroom allows homeowners to relax wile millions of oxygen-rich microbubbles silently infuse the water, helping to soften the skin. The results are a tension-free experience that leaves the body feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Mansfield Plumbing offers the MicroDerm experience in 25 different models ... with a size, style and color to enhance any home decor.

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