5 ways to add value to your home

5 ways to improve the value of your home.

With all the talk of a housing down turn we thought it might be a good idea to list some of the things that can help you fight the trend and improve the value in your largest asset!

Solar panel installation
Installing solar panels for your home is not only great for the environment, it’s a great selling feature of your home. At Powerco solar we have seen the value of home increase 4 to 5 times the cost of the solar panels and installation. Get in contact with us now to see how we can help you. Check put the benefits here.

Roof restoration
Lee from Foreverlast Roofing says “restoring a roof back to its original colour or going for something new will always refresh your home and add value. At Foreverlast roofing we only use the best materials that come with an industry best warranty. A word of caution, watch out for the “2 coats” deals. Nothing ever good comes from it.”

Landscaping
As people say, first impressions last and what do people first see when looking at your home, the front yard. Whether it be a professional landscaper with a complete overhaul or you spending some weekends tidying up it all helps. Some tips we have are simple, remove the weeds, add some quality mulch to the gardens and mow your lawns. If you are feeling a little more adventurous and want to do some digging, don’t forget to dial before you dig!

Painting
This is another one that can be done either by yourself or the professionals. Painting your house will always give it a new look feel. Stick to the classic colours that will cater to wider variety of buyers. We recommend using a professional for the outside, remember the landscaping, first impressions count!

Kitchen renovation
Gerard, our kitchen expert from
KitchenIslands.com.au said it doesn’t matter if it’s a full renovation or a partial addition. Adding a kitchen island can turn a house into a home. You would be surprised how much time is spent in the kitchen as a household, why not make it that special place.


The Benefits of Solar for Home or Business

The growing demand for electric power, the high price of oil and the increasing concern for the environment has driven many businesses and homes to resort to alternative sources of energy. The most sustainable renewable sources of energy is solar energy. This form of energy has numerous benefits to both homes and businesses. Many businesses are turning to solar power to enjoy all its advantages. They include:

1. Solar is a renewable source of energy

It is clear that solar energy is renewable. It can be harnessed everywhere and everyday in the world. it cannot run out unlike other energy sources such as hydro-electric power which depends on water levels. As long as the sun is around, solar energy is available. The sun is going to be around for a very very long time.

2. Reduced operating costs

Solar systems reduces or even eliminates the electricity bills for your home or business. Such savings can have tremendous impact on business costs. The systems cost only a fraction of what electricity costs. As a result, solar helps you save on money. It significantly reduces the cost of your utilities depending on the size of your solar system and electricity or heat usage.

3. Good return on investment

If you are looking for a sound investment then utilise solar power. This is because of the government incentives and the decreased costs of solar equipment. Installing solar panels is a good financial decision because it generates both long-term savings and quick payback. Consider the fact that that solar can be used for diverse purposes like generation of electricity or heat. It can even be used to power satellites. You cant run out of things to do with solar energy in your home or business.

4. Maintenance and affordability

Installed solar systems require little to no maintenance. The system can provide clean and quiet energy for up to 40 years. It is therefore not surprising that many solar panels carry a 25-year warranty.

5. Environmental preservation

Solar systems reduce the consumption of fuels and consequently the emission of greenhouse gases and pollution. It is a renewable source of energy which helps your business or home contribute to the battle against global warming. For a business, being on the frontline against global warming will reduce operation expenses and serve as a great marketing and PR tool.

6. It keeps you ahead of the curve

In the very near future, a majority of the population will turn to solar energy whether in businesses or in homes. Therefore, adapting solar technology ahead of others will portray your business prowess as a forward-looking.

7. Tax incentives

The government has played a role in the skyrocketing implementation of solar energy in homes and businesses. The upfront rebates founded on Small scale Technology Certificates(STCs) and the revenues from Larger-scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) has really helped with the cost of installing solar. As a matter of fact, your business may be eligible for tax incentives in other cases.

Clearly, solar has innumerable benefits to be utilised. Furthermore, installing solar panels and systems is beyond just personal gain. The benefits percolate to the wider community.