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Major Exterior Remodeling Upgrades for Fall, Plus Costs & ROI 2017

Fall remodeling projects make sense for two reasons:

  • The weather is ideal for outdoor home renovation
  • Getting your home’s exterior ready for winter is a mark of wise homeownership

Here are the top autumn remodeling upgrades for the outside of your home, their cost range and the potential return on investment they bring:

  1. Replace the Entry Doors and Garage Door

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Replacing any door, garage or entry, that faces the street boosts your home’s curb appeal. Even if you’re not going to sell it, you’ll enjoy arriving home to an exterior that looks fantastic. The benefits of new exterior doors include:

  • Better aesthetics: New, good-looking doors make a great impression on guests, neighbors and potential buyers, if you list your home.
  • Improved energy efficiency: Replacing old doors that have settled and no longer fit well with new, insulated doors lowers heat transfer out of the house in winter and into the house in summer. When the doors are being replaced, the installer should also check for and replace any loose caulk around window and door frames.
  • A safer home and family: Home security relies on strong, secure doors as a first defense. A reliable garage door keeps potential thieves out. It can also prevent one of the thousands of injuries to children, adults and pets caused every year by old, faulty garage doors falling unexpectedly or failing to reverse motion if an object is in the way.

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PV Solar Panels vs. Solar Shingles

How Does PV Solar Power Work?

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All photovoltaic solar power systems, whether you go with the traditional PV panels, BIPV solar shingles and tiles, or thin-film solar laminates, are installed to face the sun, and then connected to an inverter by a licensed electrician during the installation, so the Direct Current (DC) electricity generated by the photo-voltaic cells can be converted to Alternating Current (AC) in order to be used domestically or sold back to the grid. Yes, you can actually sell excess solar-generated electricity back to the grid.

Did you know? Many local electric utilities are often required by local laws to buy your excess electricity at pre-set rates. You can also get some pretty good tax credit benefits at the end of the year for the installation of a PV solar power system. Be sure to check your state’s and federal rebates and talk to your tax accountant to see if this might be a worthwhile pursuit for you.

Solar power systems use photovoltaic cells to generate clean, renewable electricity from the abundant solar rays. — Currently, there are three main types of PV solar systems available to homeowners.

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  • Crystalline PV Solar Panels are based on solar cells made from silicone and placed inside a panel designed to contain many individual solar cells. PV panels are the most common and recognizable type of solar power systems installed on residential roofs today by companies in the likes of SolarCity (Most well-known and the priciest of all the solar power providers. — Notably, the price has nothing to do with the quality of the product or service, but rather is the result of the aggressive approach to sales), SunGevity, SunPower and many other large and small players. In the northern hemisphere, PV solar panels normally get installed on the south-facing side of the roof for optimum exposure to the sun.
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Evolution of Modern Home Design and Decor – Home Remodel Ideas & DIY Inspirations

Ever wonder what Millennial homeowners or home buyers want in terms of exterior and interior home design, living space layout, interior decor and other architectural elements of a house? Knowing this can help inform your remodeling choices and ultimately affect desirability and saleability of your home later on. Read on to learn how to please a millennial with your thoughtful choices of home improvements and remodeling upgrades.

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Before we get started – Who are these Millennials anyway?

Millennials – those people born between 1982 and 2004 – are gradually coming of age and becoming the new first-time home buyers these days. It may be hard to believe, but the oldest Millennials are now in their early thirties! Of course, whenever a new generation takes over the mantle of first-time home buyer, the housing industry reacts: building and design trends become driven by that generation’s unique preoccupations and interests. (Remember floral wallpaper?)

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Even though there’s been a lot of buzz in the media about Millennials moving back in with their parents due to economic pressure and enormous student loan debt, they still overwhelmingly want to own homes when they can afford to. Perhaps more surprisingly, they also represent a significant portion of the home buying market. How significant? Try 35%!

That’s enough to make home builders and home designers pay attention. After all, even if they are currently buying older, cheaper, and smaller homes than their wealthier elders, those same Millennials will be the second- and third-time home buyers of the future – and they’re going to want to buy homes that make them feel comfortable. In fact, in a survey conducted by Better Homes & Gardens, 63% of Millennial survey-takers said that having a customized home suited to their tastes was a top priority. Consequently, anyone trying to sell a house in 2017 probably ought to know what qualities Millennials are looking for in a new home.


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