Upgrades For Your Home That Will Boost Its Value

Buying a Home

Being a homeowner can be stressful, no doubt about it.  For a lot of us, the homes we buy become our biggest investment.  Whether you’re planning to sell your home or have decided that you will spend the rest of your life there – upgrades are ever important.  The good news is that the value of your home can be greatly increased by many inexpensive upgrades.  You may be surprised to see how easy some of these upgrades are to do yourself.  I will cover a few of these upgrades that you can utilize to raise the value and make your home even more efficient.

Create an Attractive Yard


Landscape, Landscape, Landscape.  The first thing that you and your guests see when arriving to your home, is likely your yard.  An attractive yard is a must for a home if you’re looking for value.  At permabuy.com, we strive to provide you with products that will last you a lifetime.  That’s why I need to mention perennials.  Perennials are flowers that generally bloom throughout the Spring and Summer, die out in the Fall and Winter but come back each year due to their roots surviving the cooler winter.  Planting perennials once is a great way to get a consistent, beautiful display each year.  Planting trees can also make a big difference in your home value and even your electricity efficiency.  Did you know that a tree that provides shade to you home will considerably lower your electricity costs during the warmer months?  While planting trees may not provide instant gratification or results, it is a great value booster and is even better for the environment.

            So you have picked out the flowers that you want to plant and decided where they would look the most attractive.  Now, we need to build a frame for the beautiful picture that you will be creating.  The materials that you have to choose from are vast and may seem overwhelming if you’re a beginner to landscaping.  Cement or brick pavers are very popular due to their low costs and ease of installation.  They are also effective in the fight against weeds trying to intrude your flower garden if used properly.  Other long lasting materials include: plastic, wooden railroad ties and stone.  Remember, if you have chosen to plant perennials, you will have the same display each year. It is important that you choose a material that goes well with the colors of the flowers that will bloom.

Power Washing

Power Washing

            An important step to maintaining the attractiveness of the exterior of your home is to power wash it.  You can usually catch a good power washer on sale as the weather begins warming up.  It would probably be just as easy to rent one from a hardware store, if you’ll only use it once a year.  They are simple to use and can be used to freshen up your siding, deck or even fence.  The outside elements are tough on your home’s exterior.  By power washing your home you can turn it back into the dazzling piece of curb appeal that it is meant to be.

Check Beneath Your Carpet

Hardwood floors

            If you’re considering replacing your carpet, it is worth pulling some up before scheduling an appointment to have it replaced.  Before carpeting gained its popularity, hardwood floors were all the rage.  However, these days, a beautiful, shining hardwood floor can bump the value of your home, considerably. It’s likely that if you have an older home that there is a nice layer of hardwood already there.  Even if your hardwood isn’t perfect beneath the carpet, a good belt sander, some stain and a little bit of work will be all you need to return your hidden hardwood into its original beauty!

The Importance of Paint


 There is no easier way to add a fresh look to your home than by painting.  Paint is so low cost and easy to DIY that it can be used whenever you want to change up the appearance of your home. Painting can also provide a boost in value by covering up unappealing stains that your walls may gather over time.


Getting an Expert’s Opinion

Interior Designe

            Maybe you have a friend that is an interior designer or realtor by trade.  For those of you that don’t, you will probably only be out a consultation fee of $100 to get the opinion of a professional that makes a living out of sprucing up homes.  They will be able to give you plenty of ideas on how to fix up your place.

Cheap Updates for Your Bathroom


            The bathroom may be the best room in your house to make simple upgrades that can give you a huge advantage in modernizing your home.  It’s amazing what a fresh floor of tile, an updated shower curtain and even a new toilet seat can do to keep your bathroom up to date.

Energy Efficiency

Energy Star

In this section, I want to talk about several ways to make your home more energy efficient.  While, not everything on this list is inexpensive, some of the costlier items will pay themselves back by lowering your energy bill.  It’s important to consider that factor when taking on some of these high investment/ high return options.

  • Plastic Wrap Windows – While plastic wrapping your windows will not win you any awards for being the interior designer of the year, you will be able to keep air from entering your home by sealing window panes that may not be totally blocked. Cold or warm air entering your home will increase the power that your AC or heating system has to use to maintain consistent temperature control
  • Smart Thermostats – By using a “learning thermostat” you are able to access the temperature control of the device through its built in Wi-FI through your smartphone. These create an even bigger advantage than using a standard programmable thermostat by letting you determine exactly when you want to alter the temperature.
  • Insulate – Your attic is a room that probably goes unnoticed and even less used. The importance of insulation is huge when it comes to keeping your home sealed.  By using the U.S. Department of Energy’s calculator, you can determine the best type of insulation for your home as well as determine your amount of savings.
  • Look for The Energy Star Label on Appliances – Most of the appliances that are being manufactured today, have a seal that gloats enhanced performance, improved quality and offers lower utility bills. Energy Star appliances include: refrigerators, heating and ac units, dishwashers and hot water heaters.  By spending a little and upgrading to these efficient machines, you will see considerable savings on your electricity costs.

Beautiful Home

I hope these tips will comfort you if you’re feeling overwhelmed by trying to fix up your home.  The truth is that most home upgrades can be achieved by a little research and more importantly, inexpensively.  Good luck on upgrading your home, whether you’re planning to sell or are already in your dream home.

Lifetime Warranties on Surprising Products

Warranties should be one of the major attributes that we focus on when deciding to make a purchase.  Without question, when we make a major purchase, we want to make sure we’re covered from manufacturer defects. Thus, we’ll pay a little more on a product whose company gloats of a lifetime warranty.  What you may not know, there are also plenty of companies that sell more inexpensive items that will guarantee their merchandise.  When a company says they’ll guarantee their product for life, I automatically feel a draw to them.  That tells me that they are guaranteeing that their product can hold up to most extremes that we face every day.  Hopefully, we won’t need to utilize these warranties but it’s nice to know that they’re there.  From exterior house paint to dog leashes, I’m going to discuss some of these lesser known warranties on everyday products.


Rodda Paint

Rodda Paint

A lifetime warranty that may surprise you the most, paint.  Rodda Paint stands by its product so much that they will supply replacement paint for an affected area or refund the original purchase price with proof of a receipt.  Think of that for a second, this is exterior paint, meaning it’s going to be exposed to the elements, including the sun.  Fading is a huge problem with most paints that are already on the market.  Rodda Paint may be a little higher than other paints but just think of the time and expenses down the road you’ll save by only painting once!

Thatsabowl Tupperware

Thatsa Bowl Tupperware

After preparing a large meal, maybe preparing enough for a couple days, we need our storage to be airtight.  I’ve often reached in the cabinet after spending hours cooking, only to find cracks in my tupperware.  Maybe, the dishwasher was too rough on it or maybe it was just old, either way it goes straight in the garbage.  Thatsa Bowl Tupperware offers warranty against chipping, cracking, breaking or peeling in a non-commercial setting.  It’s perfect for long term home usage.


The North Face

It may surprise you that one of the most recognizable logos in men and women’s clothing: Northface carries a lifetime warranty.  The clothing isn’t as economical as some of the other choices out there but the fact that the lifetime warranty is offered, it speaks volumes for the quality they are putting in.

SureFire Flashlight

Surefire Flashlights

While models and prices will vary, Surefire puts a lifetime warranty on each of their flashlights.  I use Surefire because I trust that I won’t be left without a light in an emergency situation.  There may not be much to comfort someone during a dangerous storm that knocked the power out but it helps to have a light that will work every time so you’ll be able to guide you and your family to safety.  Surefire even honors a two year warranty on the rechargeable batteries and chargers that are used to power their lights!

Lupine Leash

Lupine Leashes

So, a lot of companies that offer a lifetime warranty won’t honor the warranty due to intentional abuse that their customers dish out on their products.  Luckily, Lupine Leashes understands that your favorite four-legged pal doesn’t realize the value of money or materials.  They promise to replace your leash even if your dog would rather eat it than take a walk with it!



Everyone that owns a smartphone knows that it’s a vital part of their daily life.  From keeping schedules, staying on top of important e-mails or trying to beat the latest Candy Crush update, we need to protect our phones.  Otterbox, an almost indestructible case, offers a lifetime warranty on its cases.  Usually, all it takes is a few pictures of the damaged case and a brief email with Otterbox about the issue that you’re having and they will ship you a new case.

The next time that you’re making an everyday purchase, it may be useful to look on the back of the package and see what kind of warranty is offered.  Buying things that will Last You A Lifetime, will not only save money down the line but also frustration.