While this new year might find you making resolutions regarding your health and lifestyle, you could also focus on becoming a better homeowner. Take some time to talk over these resolutions with your household members, and discuss what resolutions you want to make for your home.
Declutter Each Day
During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, cleanliness often gets kicked to the curb as friends, family and bunches of wrapping paper descend upon your home. One of the best ways to transform your space is tidying up.
“We have found that people who finally take on these projects feel as though a weight has been lifted,” said Annie Draddy, co-founder of the home organization service Henry & Higby. Clean homes give you more room to enjoy your place. Picking up the clutter could also help you identify other repairs or projects that might be hiding beneath the junk.
Be More Energy Efficient
Save money and the environment with this superhero step. Walk through your home and brainstorm how you could be more energy efficient. Swapping out showerheads and light bulbs is easy and has a real impact. For a thorough assessment of your home’s efficiency, get a professional home energy audit.
Changing your behavior can also make a significant difference in terms of energy savings. Commit to turning off the lights when you leave a room and closing the vents in any rooms you don’t use frequently.
Create a Home Maintenance Schedule
Creating a home repair and maintenance schedule is an excellent addition your list of new year’s resolutions. Planning ahead for routine maintenance makes it more likely to happen and helps you avoid costly repairs that could result from overlooking wear and tear. Be thorough when planning your schedule, and be sure to include both indoor and outdoor maintenance. And don’t forget to keep your budget in mind when scheduling any repairs that cost money.
Take a Picture
Before you put your camera away after all the awkward family holiday photos, start snapping shots of something other than your second cousins. As one of our Zing Blog writers learned the hard way, most insurance companies prefer photographs as proof of insured content in your home. Although you might not expect to have to make insurance claims on your things, you should take photos of your belongings to be on the safe side.
Update One Outdated Feature
Is your home feeling rather dated? Instead of jumping into a large-scale makeover, which can fizzle out before you’re finished, decide on one element you’d like to update, advised Brian Davis of SparkRental.com. “It could be as simple as swapping out your light switches to include dimmers, or as elaborate as redoing an outdated bathroom,” he said. By slowly updating your home decor, you could actually increase the value of your home.
Keep Your Credit on Track
Do your home and your credit a big favor by committing to paying your bills on time. Missing your monthly credit card, mortgage and utilities payments negatively impacts your credit score. Lower credit scores generally translate to higher interest rates for future loans and other credit. So consider your credit and factor a cushion into your budget for the unexpected in 2017. Sites like QLCredit.com can help you find out where your credit stands now.
What’s on your list of new year’s resolutions for your home? Share your goal with fellow Zing Blog readers in the comments section below!