While making your list of New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget getting your home in shape. Start the year off on the right foot by resolving to take care of your investment and keep your home at the value it deserves, not to mention keeping it safe, clean and organized.
Make a few updates to retain value
According to this Houselogic article, an out-of-shape house older than its years could lose 10% of its appraised value. If you need to make serious updates like a new roof, you are better off getting it done than waiting and potentially harming your home value. If you don’t have major updates to make, consider smaller ones to freshen and bring your home up to style like replacing an out of style backsplash. Not only do these updates bring you happiness, they also work to maintain the value of your home over time.
Tackle maintenance with a monthly calendar
Chances are your home is your most expensive investment, and you need to protect that investment. Make a home maintenance calendar for the year to stay on top of tasks, such as HVAC maintenance projects like replacing the filter, cleaning out the vents and making sure it’s all working smoothly. Here is a good list to get you started.
Make home goals
Just like your personal New Year’s resolutions, make a list of short-term and long-term goals for your home. Maybe paint refreshes and a new front door happen this year, and new carpet in 2 years so you can save up funds. If you make a list and plan, you can stick to your financial goals to make it happen.
A must if you plan to sell and life changer if you plan to stay. Drop the kids off at Grandma and Grandpas and dedicate some real focused time to cleanse and declutter your home in the new year. If you have larger solutions you want to solve, consider hiring a professional organizer.
Check your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors
Between 2007 and 2011, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths were in homes without working smoke detectors, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Change batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a year. Make this your annual event on New Year’s Day and you can rest assured your family is safe. While you’re at it, review your fire safety plan with the family.
Lower your bills
Commit to being conscientious of your energy use (and waste) and see lower bills in return. Turn off lights, invest in a Nest to make your air and heat most efficient while you’re away, get a free home energy audit, and power down electronics when not in use.
Invest in one thing you really love
Whether a print you’ve been eying or a new entry table, invest in one thing this year that will make you happy in your home every time you pass it.