Every new year brings possibilities and new year’s resolutions for homeowners.
While considering goals for your mental, physical and spiritual health, why not consider resolutions for your home? If you’ve neglected it over the last few years, this is an excellent opportunity to invest in the place where you make memories with family and friends.
Here are ten new year’s resolutions for homeowners to consider that will bring new life to your house.
1. Clear out the clutter
WebMD reports that clutter increases stress and impacts your ability to focus and be productive. This makes cleaning clutter a critical new year resolution for homeowners.
If you’re overwhelmed with clutter, focus on one room at a time. Start small by cleaning out the junk drawer in your kitchen or office space. Organize paperwork and toss or shred what’s not needed. Make a box for donated items to deliver to Goodwill or your local donation center.
2. Build your maintenance fund
Part of homeownership is to create a budget for various costs and repairs. According to Rocket Mortgage, homeowners are expected to spend 1-4% of their home’s yearly value on maintenance. So, if your home costs $300,000, you should save anywhere from $3,000 to $12,000 for annual upkeep.
Annual maintenance includes lawn care, exterior cleaning, plumbing, replacing filters, interior and exterior painting, servicing kitchen appliances, maintaining the driveway and gutter cleaning and repair. Work to build your maintenance budget for the new year to be financially prepared for any unexpected expenses.
3. Check your foundation
Foundation issues in your home can lead to costly repairs. If you notice any problems, it is crucial to have them repaired as soon as possible to prevent more expensive damage.
Check for sagging floors or ceilings, musty smells in basements, mold, cracks throughout the home, nails popping out of the walls and shifts in your chimney. These are indicators that your home may need immediate attention.
4. Pay down your mortgage
Any additional income not going to your maintenance fund, bills or necessities can be put toward your mortgage. Check with your mortgage company to see when you can make extra payments without penalty.
Whether you can make larger payments or add $20 per month, every little bit helps you pay off your home sooner.
5. Keep your home safe
Keeping your home safe is vital for the protection of your family. This includes making sure all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly.
Check your carbon monoxide detectors and other alarms throughout your home. Ensure your home is ventilated and updated with the latest safety standards. Other safety precautions to consider are installing a security system, upgrading door locks and installing outdoor lighting.
6. Make an emergency kit
When emergencies happen, you may need to survive for a few days without access to many necessities. Preparing and stocking an emergency kit can help you in these difficult situations.
You can buy a kit online with necessities or build it yourself. It should include water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, batteries, a manual can opener and cell phone chargers. If you already have an emergency kit, check to ensure none of your necessary items have expired.
7. Clean your home
While everyone enjoys a clean home, it can be a daunting task. Create a plan for the upcoming year of how you will keep your home clean.
Start by keeping cleaning products in designated spaces for routine cleaning. Create a schedule for what needs cleaning daily, weekly or quarterly. If cleaning the home feels overwhelming, consider hiring a routine cleaning service.
8. Save on energy
A few eco-friendly practices can help save the planet and your wallet.
Turn the lights off when you leave a room in your home and turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. Wash full loads of laundry and hang dry clothes instead of using the dryer. Start composting at home and use LED light bulbs. Install low-flow shower heads, toilets and a smart thermostat.
Sealing drafts throughout your home will make it more comfortable and help you save money on energy bills. Install draft stoppers on doors, windows and fireplaces that let out the heat. Check your insulation to make sure it is working correctly.
9. Prepare for guests
A welcoming home is essential if you entertain family and friends. Keep your home clean and organized. Invest in practical pieces so guests feel more at home. This can include theme decor for the seasons, blankets for the winter months, and serving dishes for the kitchen.
10. Tackle home improvement projects
Planning a kitchen renovation? Want to get your outdoor deck ready for cookouts? Commit to at least one home renovation project in the new year. If you have multiple projects you want to do, prioritize the ones that are most important to your family.
Aaron’s Painting and Remodeling can help with various home renovation projects, including interior and exterior painting, tile installation and kitchen remodeling. Contact us for a free estimate to get started.
While varying in difficulty, these New Year’s resolutions for homeowners offer safety, style and protection for families.