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Home Improvements That Really Pay Off

Contractor, Justin Krzyston, shares his home improvement tips that are going to pay off when you are looking to sell your home. These ideas will increase your home's look, effeciency and resale value.

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Check Your Insulation

"This is one of the easiest ways to control your energy costs. Effective insulation slows the rate that heat flow out of the house in winter or into the house in the summer, so less energy is required to heat or cool the house. If your house has no wall insulation, and it has more-or-less continuous wall cavities (such as conventional wall studs), blown-in insulation can greatly improve your comfort and save enough energy to be very cost-effective," explains Justin Krzyston. Check out this article on choosing insulation.

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Replace Your Old Furnace

Replacing your aging furnace now, could mean major cost savings in the long run. Justin Krzyston explains, "if your furnace was built before 1992 and has a standing pilot, it probably wastes 30-40% of the fuel it uses, and is probably near the end of its service life."

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Install a Programmable Thermostat

Updating your thermostat to one that can be programmed throughout the day, can cut electricity costs and be enticing for potential home buyers. Justin Krzyston says, "many thermostats now can be controlled remotely via your iPhone. Staying up-to-date with technology will entice buyers to pay more for user-friendly home functions." Check out: How to Install a Programmable Thermostat.

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Add Crown Molding

Crown molding adds style and height to any room, and is an inexpensive upgrade. "It will immediately make the room feel more elegant. You can find pre-cut molding at most home improvement stores," explains Justin Krzyston. Check out: How to Install Crown Molding.

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