There are a number of improvements you can make to your home that will not only increase the overall value, but impact the visual appeal too. But not all home improvements are created equally! If given a choice, would you opt for improvements that will continue to require long-term maintenance or ones that require very little?

Start on the Exterior
Then best thing you can do to the exterior of your home in terms of a low-maintenance is to upgrade to vinyl siding. In fact, according to the Vinyl Siding Institute, vinyl siding is currently the most popular type of siding product used in new construction.

Benefits of vinyl:

  • Provides the best protection for your home against mother nature.
  • Never has to be painted, sanded, stained, or replaced due to fading.
  • It is often times cheaper than wood materials.
  • It takes less time to install resulting in paying lower labor fees.

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Add Skylights (the no-leak kind)
There’s nothing more inviting than a bright, airy space, whether it’s your kitchen, enclosed porch, or even master bedroom or bathroom. Yes, it’s true, skylights have a bad reputation. Years ago, skylights were among the worst things to have because of the drafts, leaks, and overall maintenance issues they caused. That’s not the case anymore!

Benefits of no-leak skylights:

  • Brightens any space you use them in.
  • Improved energy efficiency when you add remote-controlled blinds.
  • Improves indoor air quality.
  • You can expect a federal tax credit when you update your home with Energy Star-qualified, no-leak solar powered fresh air skylights.

Upgrade Your Lighting Fixtures
Not only do the light fixtures of the 80’s date your home, they are not energy efficient. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance upgrade to make in your home, lighting is a perfect option. You have a few options for updating your lighting. Either update the entire fixture, which in turn updates the entire space, or save on the cost of replacing the entire fixture and just swap out your regular bulbs with LED’s or CFL’s.

Benefits of energy efficient lighting:

  • Both LED’s and CFL’s provide the same lighting as regular incandescent bulbs but use 75% less power.
  • You can expect LED’s and CFL’s to last 25 times longer, decreasing the time you’ll spend replacing them.
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These three home improvements will not only improve the visual appeal of your home, but are low-maintenance for you in the long run. Sounds like the right improvements to make don’t they?

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My name is Barbara Bottitta and I am a Realtor/Partner with Keller Williams Real Estate and team leader for the Barb Bottitta Team of Lehigh Valley Home Experts. Our team of professionals include a listing and closing specialist so that from the starting line to the dotted line you won’t find another agent or team that provides better service, works harder – or cares more – than my team. My husband, Lou, and I have lived in Lower Macungie for over 30 years; our grown children attended Emmaus High School and we feel fortunate that our grandson is growing up in the Lehigh Valley as well!

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