5 Smartest Home Improvement Investments

If you’ve been thinking about updating your home, instead of investing in a labor intensive kitchen or bathroom remodel, consider these five home improvements that have a better ROI. Of course, if your heart is set on a brand new kitchen, then don’t rule it out completely, especially if you’ll be living in your home for several years after the update. However, if your main intention is to boost the resale value of your home, then consider these smart home improvement investments.

You may be surprised to see what makes the top 5 list versus what many homeowners might expect. For example, fiberglass attic insulation tops the list with an excellent return on investment; yet, since it doesn’t add aesthetic value, many homeowners overlook this smart upgrade. If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck in home improvement projects, read on.

Top Home Improvements for ROI

Home Updates for Better ROI

Another smart investment for your home that will not only add value for resale, but will also help save on energy costs, is upgrading to an energy efficient HVAC system. To speak to a professional HVAC technician about an energy efficient upgrade, call us today. We offer affordable and individualized solutions to meet your home comfort needs. 937-262-4846

 

Preparing Your Tool Box: 14 Tools That Every Homeowner Should Own

With the right set of tools, any homeowner can be ready for almost anything life throws their way. Regardless of whether or not you’re handy when it comes to building or repair, having a set of basic tools will help ensure that you’re ready for the basic upkeep that is required of every homeowner. If you’re a first time homeowner and are looking for a list of essential tools, this is a comprehensive list that will help save you time and money with basic housework and furniture assembly.

Essential tools that all homeowners should have

Claw Hammer – From a simple nail in the wall to hang a picture to major renovations, the claw hammer is an absolute must for all homeowners. Almost every project requires a hammer to some extent and thus no toolbox is complete without a claw hammer.

Screwdriver Set – As screws come in all shapes and sizes, it helps to have a set of screwdrivers that is ready for any job. Make sure to get a set of tiny screwdrivers for devices such as remotes and smoke detectors. A set will also include your standard phillips head screwdriver as well as a flathead screwdriver so that you can be prepared for any project.

Tape Measurer – In any task, precision is key. Always stick to the montra – “Measure twice, cut once.”

Power Drill – For those projects that just can’t be completed manually with a screwdriver, a multi-purpose power drill can help with more heavy duty holes and fastenings. From installing handles on your cabinets to building out a wood deck, a power drill is a major life and time saver for all homeowners.

Level – Never wonder to yourself, “Is that straight?”, again. A level will tell you whether that framed photo you just placed on your wall is straight or whether it is leaning even the slightest bit to the left or right.

Adjustable Wrench – Great for tightening and loosening nuts and bolts as well as virtually all items, an adjustable wrench is ideal for a homeowner looking for a versatile tool.

Allen Wrench Set – A universal allen wrench set will help pickup any project that cannot be completed with a screwdriver.

Extension Cord – Your tools are no good if they cannot reach the area of your home that needs work. You can never have too many extension cords for your indoor and outdoor work.

C-Clamp – Great for handling projects alone, a c-clamp will grab hold of whatever you’re working on so you can work with the precision you need.

Ladders – From cleaning gutters to grabbing down large pans from over your cabinets, a ladder is essential to managing your home inside and out. Get a step ladder for inside the home so you don’t have to carry around a clunky outdoor ladder.

Pliers – Great for getting a grip on projects and home improvements. Pliers allow you to hold, twist and pull smaller objects with the strength of your entire forearm.

Utility Knife  – A utility knife is great for precise cutting and opening up packages.

Hacksaw  – From metal to wood, a hacksaw can help you deal with fallen branches or ill-fitting pipes or tubes throughout your house.

Flashlight – While you’re using your other tools, you have to be able to see what you’re doing. There are plenty of areas in and around your home that get less than ideal lighting, especially if you’re working on a project. Flashlights are also a safeguard in case of a power outage. This is why it is recommended to have a flashlight at your bedside and dispersed strategically throughout your house.

As you’re putting together your perfect toolbox, don’t forget that there are other tools you can utilize as a homeowner to keep your home comfortable and secure. Butler Heating & Air Conditioning has been a tool that Dayton locals have relied on to maintain their home’s HVAC systems to retain their home’s equity and comfort. Call us to schedule a spring maintenance appointment at (937) 253-1442.

 

Become a Home Improvement Expert by Reading These 5 Blogs

Looking for inspiration for your next home improvement project as well as solid DIY advice? It’s hard to sift through all the options that pop up when you do a simple web search for “home improvement,” so we’ve put together a list of the very best and most informative home improvement blogs online today.

Top Home Improvement Blogs

The home improvement blogs below will help you arm yourself with the right knowledge and tools to start fixing up your home. From garden advice to living room makeovers to total home renovations, these blogs have got all your home improvement needs covered.  

One Project Closer

This blog is run by a group of talented people who are all equally passionate about home improvement. What they all bring to the table is somewhat different, but blends together to create a comprehensive home improvement info hub. This site seriously has anything and everything you could ever need if you are looking to take on a home improvement project. There are project guides (think bathroom, flooring, lawn, and plumbing), an entire section dedicated to tools that is organized by brand, a section featuring coupons from stores like Lowe’s, Sears, and Home Depot, and more! This is a great blog to bookmark for all your home improvement essentials.

Young House Love

Whether you are old or young, if you own a home, you’ll love this incredibly vast archive of home improvement tips, project step-by-steps, buying guides, and so much more. The two behind Young House Love are such experts at home improvement that they even wrote a few books and landed a hardware deal. They have substantial DIY skills, have taken on several home renovations, and have more than enough home improvement tips up their sleeves for an entire neighborhood. Check out their blog and let the ideas flow in.  

Remodelaholic

Justin and Cassity are the power duo behind this fun blog named for their addiction to remodeling homes, and they’re well known around home improvement circles for their $5,000 home renovation. They are self-proclaimed “DIY obsessed” and have a lot of successful projects to show for it. Plus, they feature project submissions from other homeowners, so you’ll never run out of home inspiration here.  

House*Tweaking

Dana Miller is the genius behind this Ohio-based home renovation blog, which focuses on small projects or “tweaks” rather than larger, costlier home renovations. She says that home is a work in progress, and we completely agree. Dana takes on small projects daily that have helped to shape her house into a beautiful, cozy, place her and her family call home. Featuring interior design ideas, DIY projects, and a peek into their family life, this blog is worth the read for the modern day homeowner.

 

Homey Improvements

This blog is chock-full of DIY advice, home tips and tricks, and even information on construction, since the author of the blog is a part time construction worker. Occasionally, his wife guest posts and brings her perspective on home improvements into the mix. Bonus for all you visual learners: there is a section on this blog dedicated to infographics!

While you’re bookmarking the best blogs for home improvement, you may want to start following our blog. Butler loves our customers and we frequently share great tips, tricks, and articles that will improve your home, no matter where in the Miami Valley you live.

 

5 Fun Hobbies That Will Make You Better at DIY

Do you love to DIY? Do-it-yourself culture is taking over the U.S., and many homeowners find that DIY home improvement projects are not only a great way to save money but also give their home a personal touch. There are a few ways that you can hone your skills to become better at DIY home improvement projects. One of those ways is to pick up a hobby that allows you to learn and practice skills that lend well to home improvement. Below, we’ll discuss just a few fun hobbies that you can start learning today to take your DIY projects to the next level.

Hobbies to Help You Master DIY

Want to become better at DIY home projects, but not sure where to start? You can try out some of these fun hobbies that can give you an upper hand while working on various projects around your home:

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If you love learning new things about home improvement, home maintenance, DIY, HVAC, and just general home repair, be sure to check back on our blog regularly. Each month, we update it with new articles with helpful tips and tricks for rocking your home improvement projects.

The Best Home Improvement Tips from Butler Heating and Air Conditioning

Since 1949, Butler Heating & Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and families in Dayton and the Miami Valley area get comfortable. Along the way, we have learned some of the best tips for home improvement and HVAC maintenance. This month, we have reached deep back into our blog archives to bring you some of our best home improvement advice for Ohio homeowners.

Top Home Improvement Tips for Dayton Homeowners

Love taking on home improvement projects? Use the tips below to help keep your home safe and comfortable year-round:

  1. Know when to call in a professional.

No matter how handy you may be, there are some home improvement projects that require a professional contractor. If you do not have the experience, knowledge, or skill set to take on certain projects, you may end up doing more harm than good in the end. Not to mention, the cleanup could be costly! Our post, Home Improvement Projects That Require a Pro will help you better understand which projects you should call in a professional to help with. Share this post with a friend who loves to DIY.

  1. Keep up with home HVAC maintenance

Your HVAC system works hard to keep you comfortable year-round. That’s why it is important to make sure that you are keeping up with regular HVAC maintenance to ensure that your heating and cooling systems are running smoothly and efficiently throughout the year. We’ve created a convenient HVAC maintenance checklist to help you make sure that your HVAC system is getting the yearly services it needs. You can print the checklist out and place it right next to your HVAC system or share with a friend who may need the reminder.

  1. Understand the HVAC warning signs.

When something goes wrong with your HVAC system, do you know how to diagnose the problem? Learning the warning signs and how to diagnose HVAC issues can help you better understand whether you can fix the problem yourself or have to call in the professionals. Even if you decide to call your HVAC company for help, learning to diagnose HVAC issues ahead of time can give you a better understanding of what parts and services will be needed for the repair. Our blog post, How to Diagnose HVAC Problems teaches you how to recognize common issues with your air conditioner and heater, so that you can take the best next step to fixing the problem.

  1. Learn how to troubleshoot your thermostat.

If you are having a hard time getting comfortable, your thermostat could be to blame. Learning how to troubleshoot common issues with your thermostat helps you gain better control of your own home comfort. We go over some basic thermostat troubleshooting tips in our post, My Thermostat Stopped Working – Help! This article covers how to troubleshoot and fix minor thermostat issues that may be causing trouble in your home. If you can’t find the answer here, you can contact us, and we will send one of our qualified technicians to your home to figure out what’s going on.

  1. Create a home repair budget each year.

It happens to the best of us. Just when we think everything is going fine, the water heater breaks or your AC stops working. Making repairs is a normal part of being a homeowner. However, these repairs can sometimes be costly, and if you are not prepared, you may find yourself in a difficult situation. Make sure you’re ready for whatever comes your way by creating a home repair budget each year. To find out more about why you need a home repair budget or how you can create one, be sure to check out Why You Need a Home Repair Budget for the New Year.

If you want to learn more about home improvement, HVAC, or home comfort, be sure to check back on our blog each month for more informative content. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay up-to-date with the latest from Butler Heating & Air Conditioning.

Why You Need a Home Repair Budget for the New Year

2017 is just around the corner! Though your home may be one of the last things on your mind as you begin to make New Year’s resolutions and plan for the year ahead, it’s important to create a home repair budget. Developing a budget just for home repairs and maintenance will help you maintain a safe and comfortable environment for your family year-round.

Why You Need a Home Repair Budget for the New Year

What would you do if your heater or AC died today? Most homeowners who have not prepared for repairs such as these may find themselves stuck in an uncomfortable situation. Every homeowner should take some time each year to plan and create a budget for any home maintenance or repairs that will need to be completed in the new year. This helps homeowners start the year on the right foot.

Much like any other budget, a home repair budget helps you better manage your money throughout the year so that you can take care of home improvement projects that need to be completed. Whether you need to replace your roof, fix the electrical system, or remodel your kitchen, a home maintenance and repair budget can help ensure that you are prepared for these projects by telling you how much money you need to set aside.

Tips for Creating a 2017 Home Repair Budget

Creating a budget for your home improvement projects doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some simple tips for creating an effective 2017 home repair and maintenance budget:

  • Anticipate any upcoming repairs by considering the age and health of your appliances and other elements of your home.
  • Prioritize which projects need to be completed first. For instance, roof replacement should probably take priority over cosmetic fixes like a bathroom remodel.
  • Think about which projects you can take on yourself like painting and landscaping. This will help you save more money while planning your maintenance budget.
  • For any projects that require a professional, be sure to get estimates on the cost of labor and materials. That way you can accurately factor these expenses into your budget.
  • Save room in your budget for surprise expenses that may arise due to inclement weather or accidents.
  • Factor energy-saving measures into your budget such as efficient appliances and light bulbs. These energy efficient products will help you save more money in the long run.
  • Save money throughout the year to create a reserve for home repair needs. By saving a little throughout the year, you put less strain on your wallet when it comes time for repairs.

If your HVAC system is on your list of needed home repairs for 2017 or if you just want to learn more about new heating and cooling systems, you’ve come to the right place. The HVAC experts at Butler can have your heater or air conditioner back up and running in no time. Call us for more information: (937) 262-4846.