Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Closet storage is the last thing most homeowners think of at holiday time! If your closet storage space is lacking, you’ll notice it most at this time of year. Here are three reasons that now is the best time of year to have your closets upgraded.
closet with organized clothes and shoes

Reason #1: Winter Clothes
As temperatures drop, it’s time to break out the winter gear. Coats, boots and other cold weather accessories take up a lot of space. When these bulky items come out of storage and filling our closets, it doesn’t take long for things to feel crowded.  Items get shoved in corners, begin falling out of storage bins and sliding off hangers. A proper closet plan can create space for these bulky items and keep things in the places they were intended.

Reason #2: Holiday Items
After the wrapping paper is picked up and the decorations come down, homeowners never feel they have enough storage space. As much you try to pack items away sensibly, it’s likely they end up stored in a way that make them difficult to access – and can be hard to even know what boxes contain! Well-planned closet space makes the most of the cubic space in any closet to help store items wisely and make them easy to get to.

Reason #3: It’s Easy!
At first thought it may seem upgrading your closet storage would be a tedious project. The Hayes Company has a powerful tool that makes upgrading your closet storage a snap.  Our planning software does custom space planning for any closet. Your custom closet plan is presented in a PDF file and outlines many options from which to choose, ensuring your closet space is used to its fullest potential. Choose your options and our team is ready to install!

Have other questions about upgrading your closet storage? Ready to get started? Contact our office today!

White Piggy BankWhen considering home energy upgrades, many homeowners look at two projects: insulation or windows. There are many conflicting messages about which is the best investment for your energy dollar. The more visible upgrade option, windows come to mind as a top energy upgrade priority.

Before you open your checkbook, we invite you to read below to learn more so you can make the best choice for your home.

Building shell
When considering the total square footage of your home’s shell (i.e. the walls, floor and roof), windows comprise a small portion of it. Your house will benefit from upgrading your home’s attic insulation (and even exterior wall insulation) rather than investing in windows.

Heat flow
Air inside a home naturally flows from ground to sky. A home loses 70% of energy through the attic and roof – far more than is lost through windows or doors. Upgrading attic insulation keeps the air you’ve paid to heat in your home. AND don’t forget about air sealing! Sealing air leaks in an attic further prevents conditioned air from seeping out around construction penetration points found around ducts, attics and more.

R-value is a measure of the amount of heat flow a certain product resists. The higher the r-value, the better it reduces heat flow (a key component of energy efficiency). The r-value of windows can vary based on the number of panes, air space between panes, etc. Double pane windows have an r-value of 1.5 to 2. Upgrading attic insulation to current code results in an R-38. Combine this with the natural heat flow of the home, and it’s easy to see how a fresh blanket of insulation is a great investment.

When looking at bottom line, the choice is clear. According to Home Advisor the average cost to upgrade windows in the Kansas City area is $3,537. The same report shows the average cost to upgrade insulation in the Kansas City area is $1,139.

Ready to add insulation to your attic? Contact us to schedule your free estimate.

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