Many people work a long time toward the goal of buying a home, and soon learn that being a homeowner is a huge responsibility.

It requires a lot of work and continuous reinvestment to protect your house.

However, you may not be aware of every possible home improvement project you could take on.

Here are four that you may have not considered.

1. Installing a Smart Thermostat

One home improvement that can really make a difference is also one of the easiest to install. Consider installing a smart thermostat.

Such a thermostat can connect to a smartphone app via your home’s wireless internet connection.This means you’ll be able to adjust the temperature from anywhere in the house (and even outside your house, state and even country!) with a few taps on your phone instead of needing to walk to a panel on a wall.

A smart thermostat can meet your climate control needs, and help you optimize them to reduce your utility bill.

2. Upgrading Your Water Heater

If it seems to take almost forever to get hot water in the bath tub, shower or your faucets, you may want to consider investing in a new water heater.

Water heaters age and lose their effectiveness over time. Nothing is designed to last forever, and you can expect the average water heater to last eight to 12 years.

Replacing it is a small investment to increase your comfort for another decade.

Water heating options, among others, include gas and electric tanks.
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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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