Shutters are one of the more expensive window dressing options, however many of these costs are actually offset by the savings and investment potential that shutters can bring to your home. With many designs to choose from they can also be more aesthetically pleasing than you may realise.
When buying a new home you need to think of it as not only a home, a place to live but also as a major investment. There are going to be few if any bigger purchases you make in your life and you need to consider what kind of return you are going to get for your investment as well as ways to make the home look good and a friendly place to live in.
Something that can help with both the decorating of your home as well as with retaining and increasing its value are shutters. Often when thinking of shutters the first thing that comes to mind is the big metal shutters commonly used to secure shops and business at night, many people may consider these ugly and thus completely inappropriate for use in a home. Shutters of this nature however are just one of many possible styles. Wooden continental shutters are amongst the more attractive designs and still offer a number of non aesthetic advantages that can help you protect your investment in your home.
Shutters are generally among the more pricy window treatments; however their ability to maintain and improve your home’s value should be taken into account when considering the cost. Shutters are a real selling point of any home and when it comes time to sell a property shutters can be added to the list of desirable features that a property possess.
As well as increasing property value much of the cost of shutters is actually recouped through savings. Shutters help reduce both energy costs and home insurance costs. Shutters make your home far more secure against break in, this alone is an obvious advantage but also consider that this is important not only to you but also to home insurers who will often reduce your insurance premiums accordingly.
Shutters also keep heat in and cold out in the winter and the opposite in the summer far better than the thickest curtains or blinds so you are able to use your radiators and air conditioners less reducing your energy bills, which with increasing fuel costs is something everyone can benefit from.
Although the initial cost of blinds may be off putting they need to be reviewed against the investment and money saving potential.