Keeping your home warm and toasty in the winter and coolly comfortable in the summer can scarcely be underrated. If you are thinking about remodeling any part of your home, you should seriously consider taking this opportunity to add or improve your insulation while you have your contractor handy. While insulation hides in the structure of the house, and therefore has less appeal in terms of your remodel, you have some very good reasons for factoring it into your plans.
Insulation Adds Value to Your Home
If you are remodeling, chances are you have no plan to sell anytime soon, so why would you care much about the added value of insulation? The answer is two-fold. One, enhancing your own comfort while you are in the house should please you enough to recognize its value. You may not be able to put a dollar figure on your personal comfort, but avoiding the discomfort of shivering and sweating adds a great deal to your quality of life. Plus, someday you very well may decide to sell the home. When that day comes, putting up the money for better insulation can bring you a near-100 percent return on investment, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
Good Insulation Improves Your Utilities Budget
During a remodel, saving money always comes to mind, but what if you could enjoy savings every month for all the months you continue to live in the home? If you have areas in need of more insulation and you add more, you will absolutely save on your energy bills. Depending on how poorly insulated the area was — say your attic, for instance — you could end up saving so much on your heating and cooling expenses that those extra dollars pay for the cost of adding the insulation in a pretty short time.
Upgrading Your Insulation During a Remodel Is Cost-Effective
Since any remodel — be it of a kitchen, a bathroom or even customizing a closet — will most likely entail re-wiring and re-plumbing, your contractor is already going to be in your basement, crawl space and/or attic. What better time will there be to upgrade the insulation in these spaces? Every project has its baseline costs before one square inch of drywall is demolished and one fixture removed. By adding an insulation upgrade to an existing remodeling plan, you save yourself the expense of paying that baseline cost all over again if you decide to do it sometime down the road. That just makes good economic sense.
Sufficient insulation keeps you and your family cozier during our Ohio snow storms, cooler in the heat waves and your energy bills lower. It's also something future buyers will covet. Additionally, combining an insulation upgrade with an existing remodeling project allows you to take advantage of contractor cost savings. We can't see any downsides.
At Owens Construction, we're ready to estimate the cost to add to or upgrade your insulation. Even if insulation is all the remodeling you plan to do, contact us today to schedule an appointment.