It’s May, spring has officially arrived, and you’ve prepared a home improvement project list that’s bigger (and more expensive) than you ever imagined. Don’t worry! You’re not the only one.

Some people might sort the list by priority – first replacing the leaky faucet in the bathroom, and then repairing that section of fence that’s falling down, etc. Others prioritize by cost, and tackle the little things first to save up for the bigger projects down the road. Our suggestion is to organize the to-do’s in terms of ROI. In many cases, those home improvement projects that generate the greatest return are also the most energy efficient (usually). With a little research and planning, you can achieve the style you’re looking for AND improve the efficiency of your home at the same time … it’s a win-win!

Adding new landscaping to replace some ugly shrubs might improve curb appeal, but will it really improve your home? Maybe … but not if those new plants sit right in front of a house covered in peeling paint and wood rot! You get the idea.

We don’t want to sound too “sales pitchy,” but the truth is that new siding and windows can offer a significantly greater return on investment than most other home improvement projects. According to CNN Money window replacement alone offers a nearly 90% return when your house is resold, and saves on energy bills every year too!

Did you know that 30% of a home’s heating and cooling energy can be lost through poor performing windows and doors? Think about that for a second … how much money would you save every year if your home energy bills were 30% less each month? It really adds up!

And as for siding, it performs equally well in the ROI test. The numbers vary according to which type you choose (vinyl siding vs. fiber cement siding), but it’s clear that the benefits are numerous. In addition to eliminating the need for constant maintenance and repair, James Hardie fiber cement siding has consistently ranked #1 by Remodeling Magazine for ROI six years in a row. And in the 2011 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling Magazine, vinyl siding offers significant value too, with nearly a 70% return on overall project cost.

If you’re interested in windows and siding, please contact us for more information. We’ll be happy to evaluate your home and prepare a project estimate free of charge. And of course, we’re happy to help with other projects too … just don’t ask Kevin for any gardening assistance (he has a black thumb).

Topics: Windows