Where to Splurge and Where to Share: Which Renovations Should Take Priority This Fall

by Ben SanfordSeptember 25, 2017

Where to Splurge and Where to Share: Fall Home Improvement Tips

School is back in full swing, and with the kids out of the house, many homeowners are thinking that now is the perfect time to put those back-shelf home renovations into action. But with a world of opportunity at your fingertips, it can certainly be difficult to decide which home renovations should take priority over others.

At homes.com, we tend to advocate for renovations that help you gain value in your home and property. With tax season just around the corner, here are a few home renovations that should take priority this fall if you’re looking to improve equity.
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Holdover Items You Shouldn’t Ignore

While summer is ideal for many outdoor renovations, vacations and holidays often make it difficult for homeowners to tend to each and every outdoor home-repair task. Let’s be honest – we didn’t get to all of them either. Even with fall’s impending forecasts of rain and harsher weather, there are a couple home improvement tasks you shouldn’t delay on.

First priority: your roof. Take full advantage of temperate September and early October temperatures to restore your roof’s integrity. Without a functioning roof, you and your family are at for risk water damage, which can be a more serious concern in fall and winter months. Additionally, you’ll face insulation issues. By attending to your roof repairs as soon as possible this fall, you can mitigate upcoming seasonal weather impact on your home.

Similarly, if you haven’t addressed other home security and functionality concerns, make sure to elevate electricity and heating home improvements to top priority. As colder weather moves in, you won’t want to be caught without ample heating. And if you’re renovating to sell, then improving any lacking heating systems will be essential.

Fall Is an Ideal Time for Pool Renovations

Your at-home pool facility may not be top-of-mind for fall renovations, but that’s what makes this season the best time to renovate an outdoor pool. As hot temperatures cool, the consumer demand for pool construction follows suit.

As the availability for pool repairmen increases in the off-season, lower costs and quicker turnarounds become more readily available and offer you the best prices on pool repairs. This often means that your repair project will go smoothly and quickly, making fall a great time for home pool repairs.
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Stay Serious About Energy-Related Home Improvements

Yes, going green has been trendy for home renovations over the past few years, but the movement is not just a fad. For starters, energy-related home renovations vastly improve utility bills. Simple changes, such as replacing your showerhead or replacing old water heater or air conditioner units, can pay for themselves in a matter of months.

As an added bonus, energy-saving home renovations are eligible for federal tax credit benefits. These renovations include:

  • Energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights
  • Insulation
  • Solar water heaters
  • Non-solar water heaters
  • Roofing products
  • Biomass stoves
  • Energy-efficient heating, ventilating, or cooling systems
  • Geothermal heat pumps
  • Wind turbines
  • Solar energy systems
  • Fuel cells

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Beginning Planning Your Fall Home Renovations

As you plan your fall home renovation, be sure to start slowly – “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Take time to list, budget, and source supplies for your home renovation this fall. Whether you’re investing in a long-term property or you’re preparing a home for sale, trust us – in the long run, these tips will help you maximize the return you can make on all of these fall home renovations.

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.