With the beginning of the New Year, many people set personal goals and commit to practicing good habits. In addition to these resolutions, let’s look at some worthy home improvement goals for the coming year. When you spend time on upkeep and maintenance for your property, you’ll boost its value and will be proud of your accomplishments as a homeowner.
New Year Home Improvement Goals Should Include Cleaning the Carpets
Carpets trap dirt and pollutants that may irritate family members who suffer from asthma or allergies. Vacuum your carpets at least twice weekly, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter for best results. In general, it’s recommended that you deep clean carpets once a year. However, if you live in a home with an allergy-sufferer, deep clean the carpets at least every six months. You’ll remove dust, pet dander, pollen, and other debris that affect indoor air quality.
Learn a New DIY Skill
As a homeowner, you are responsible for plenty of projects and maintenance tasks around the home. Regular upkeep means your home stays in good shape and you can maintain or even improve your property value.
Make it a goal to learn a new skill in the coming year. Perhaps you’d like to be better at handling plumbing problems. Maybe you’d love to learn a bit of carpentry. Your local community college may offer continuing education courses teaching skills that will help you around the house. Look for how-to clinics at the home improvement store. Websites, blog articles, and YouTube are also great resources for learning how to better maintain your property.
Put Gutter Cleaning on Your Calendar
The guttering system of your home funnels water away from the foundation and helps prevent problems like roofing leaks, water seeping into the basement, and damage to the landscaping. Set a reminder in your phone or write it on the calendar, but remember to clean out your gutters at least twice a year. If your home is surrounded by trees, you may need to schedule more frequent cleanings.
Tackle Problem Spots Around the House
Every home has minor issues that are easy to overlook, but some seemingly small problems can grow into major concerns. Take a look around the house and make a list of the little things that are annoying or bothersome, like a leaking faucet or a running toilet. Make it a goal to repair one problem spot every month.
Improvement Goals to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient
Many people think it takes a significant investment to make your home more energy-efficient. However, there are small and affordable things you can do that will add up over time and help reduce your energy bills. Replace all of your incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. If it’s time to buy a new appliance, choose one that’s ENERGY STAR certified. Select faucets, toilets, and showerheads with the WaterSense label to save water at home.
Budget for a Renovation
Have you always wanted to replace or update something in your home? Choose one significant project and commit to completing it this year. This could be anything from replacing your kitchen countertops to buying and installing a new front door to giving your living room a fresh coat of paint. If the project matters to you, no matter how big or small, make a deal with yourself to get it done this year.