This Spring, Put Your Money Where It Will Grow

This Spring, Put Your Money Where It Will Grow

The following contribution is from another author.

There’s nothing like springtime to make everyone want to get up and make changes in their lives. Unfortunately, putting money where your ideas are can be stressful if you fear that you’re wasting it or throwing it away.

Instead, consider updating portions of your property that will make a real change.

These are the top projects to consider this spring that will increase your property’s value and reduce your risk of damages.

Consider Adding Solid Ground

If your property has a long driveway, and you usually just settle for using the dirt road that’s created over time: consider updating it. Although you may ask yourself, ‘how much does it cost to put in a gravel driveway?’, it’s going to be far cheaper than the cost of dealing with a flooded driveway every time it rains.

Although dirt driveways are cheap because they’re free, they don’t do the best for your property in the long run.

Invest In Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

The cost of heating and cooling bills are the highest they’ve ever been, so many are seeking ways to drop the cost and make it easier on themselves. One of the key ways to do this is to consider adding details like high-quality insulation, windows and doors that don’t allow for any gaps, and updated siding and roofing.

These details stop the flow of air from the inside to the outside and allow your HVAC system to run far more efficiently. You can take this further by updating your HVAC system with a smart thermostat, which will help you monitor your property’s temperatures better.

Reduce Your Property’s Risk of Flooding

Fourteen percent of properties in the USA are at risk of flooding within the next ten years. This can be a scary number to look at, especially if you live in a coastal area.  Instead of risking your property, consider taking the time to add ways to divert water away.

You can do this by adding items like landscape drains and pairing them with clever landscaping like a rain garden. Rain gardens use plants to reduce the amount of water that stays above your soil, stop soil slippage, and protect your property from as high a risk of flooding. 

Pay Attention to Your Garage

Our garages are often overlooked, but they’re an important part of our homes. From being a space where we store our vehicles to doubling as a work shed and even becoming storage for extra things we can’t fit inside of our homes, our garages take on a lot of stress and work. Because of this, it’s vital that we take the time to update our garages and keep them in good condition.

Consider updating your garage door and adding epoxy garage floor paint. Updating your garage door means you’ll be protecting your home better and ensuring you don’t get locked out of it for a few days, and adding epoxy paint will keep stains and water from ruining your garage floors.

Get Rid of Any Chance of Water Damage

Water damage is an issue that can ruin your property from top to bottom. It’s vital that you keep moisture out of anything from your roof to your foundation, so take the time to ensure your home is well sealed.

With your roof, you can do this by checking your shingle health, paying attention to the age of your roof, and ensuring you have good insulation throughout the year.

For your foundation, it’s best that you consider waterproofing foundation walls and taking the time to check for any cracks or fractures in these structures. A cracked foundation can be fixed, but it’s cheaper and easier to do so if you catch it early on.

Make Sure You Get Projects Done Right the First Time

Every time you start a project, you should start with a budget. One of the best questions to ask yourself is whether or not you can complete it on your own: but don’t take on more than you can handle. Many people like to assume they can do anything with a minimal amount of training but then find themselves far out of their skill level and causing a mess that’s expensive to replace.

Instead of dealing with this issue: make sure your projects are done the first time correctly. Hire professional contractors who know what they’re doing and are eager to help you get the home you’re picturing without having to learn this lesson the hard way. Although you’re more than likely careful of taking on a lot: you’ll save a lot of money by getting something done right the first time instead of having to correct a mistake.

Investing In Your Property Is Always a Solid Choice

Whether this is your first property and you’re not sure where to start, or you’re unsure about which projects bring in the most value: investing in your property is a must. Consider completing some of these ideas this spring, and watch your property grow.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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  • A problem like water damage has the potential to completely destroy your home. Take the time to make sure your home is properly sealed if you want to prevent moisture from getting into anything from your roof to your foundation.

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