Many people want to make some changes in their lives every time a new year rolls around. This January, set some New Year’s resolutions for the home. By being a better homeowner in 2021, you can take pride in your home and enjoy more function and efficiency.
Take On One Small Project Each Month as Part of Your New Year’s Resolutions
You don’t need to remodel your entire house in the upcoming year. However, if you commit to tackling one small improvement every month, you will be happy with the results at the end of the year.
Your house doesn’t have to be a constant construction zone; choose projects that take an afternoon or a weekend to complete. Change out cabinet hardware, replace the front door, paint a bathroom, or add a backsplash. There are plenty of DIY home improvement projects to choose from, so select the ones that make sense for the time of year and are within your skill range.
Start a Home Maintenance Calendar
There are plenty of regular tasks that are necessary to keep your home running at its best. These include changing filters, testing smoke detectors, cleaning gutters, mowing the lawn, and more. It’s easy to let time fly by and fail to keep up with maintenance.
At the beginning of the new year, start a home maintenance calendar. This can be a physical wall calendar or an online calendar, like Google. Put reminders for monthly smoke alarm tests, changing smoke detector batteries, changing HVAC filters as the manufacturer recommends, cleaning the gutters at least twice a year, fireplace inspections, servicing the heating and cooling systems, water filter replacement, lawn care, and any other maintenance needs that your home requires. You’ll not only take better care of your home in 2021, but you may also reduce the need for repairs.
Make Your Home More Efficient
A worthy goal for the new year is to improve the energy efficiency of your home. You’ll feel good about reducing your carbon footprint while enjoying lower utility bills. There are big investments you can make to use less power, like installing solar panels, or small changes you can make, like sealing up gaps around doors and windows. Refer to our article on heating your home efficiently to implement some tactics this winter.
New Year’s Resolutions to Promote Wellness in Your Home
Many people set personal New Year’s resolutions around improving their health. This is also applicable when it comes to home improvement. Make your home a healthier place to live by purifying the air you breathe and the water you drink. Install air and water purifiers to support the health of every member of your household.