New Years Resolutions for Homeowners
Read our tips for homeowners on how to start the new year the right way. We recommend getting rid of unused items, making your house more energy efficient, and getting involved in your community.
The New Year is a fresh start and a time to be liberated from old belongings that are cluttering your space. Get a head start on Spring cleaning and go through your closets, attic and basement. If you’re not ready to trash or donate items, consider exploring new storage options, like having extra cabinets installed in the kitchen or mudroom. Get creative—use a shoe organizer to store extra supplies in your home office, for example!
Although many of our homes are Energy Star certified with excellent insulation, there is always room for improvement. According to Energy Star, sealing and insulating your ductwork can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20%. It will also extend the life of your HVAC system.
Finding ducts to seal is a challenging DIY project in itself, but at least try and seal the ones that are easily accessible. Duct sealant, as well as metal-backed tape, can seal any holes or cracks. Focus on the areas at vents and floor registers as well. After sealing your ducts, wrap them in fiberglass insulation.
Another area to consider is water usage. Consider switching to low-flow showerheads to reduce the amount of flow while increasing water pressure. It’s a win-win!
Support Your Community
The New Year is a great time to re-connect with your community. Talk to your neighbors about starting a neighborhood watch, or a babysitting co-op.
You could also consider sponsoring a local youth sports team or join an organization like Habitat for Humanity to build a house with some friends and neighbors for those who are less fortunate.
Stash Away Money for a Maintenance Fund
Home repairs will creep up on you with no warning. For emergencies, like your heating unit failing in the middle of January, it’s important to have a savings account specifically for home maintenance. Experts agree that you should save 1% of your home’s value every year to cover these costs. You’ll be glad you did!