New years mean new beginnings and this new year is a great time for you to pay some extra attention to your home. It looks like we’re all going to continue to have the opportunity to spend more time in our homes, at least for the foreseeable future. Why not use that time to give your home some much-needed TLC? Here are 5 home maintenance goals you can make for your home this year:
- Deep Clean
You don’t have to wait for spring to give your house a good cleaning. Starting right now, choose one zone of your home each month to focus on or choose a general category like windows or closets. Go deep, getting into the corners, under and over furniture, and into the drawers and cabinets. Leave no rug unturned and no corner undated.
- Consider Efficiency
Improving your home’s efficiency is easier on your budget and on the environment. You can resolve to make simple changes such as replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, using cold water in the laundry, installing low-flow water fixtures, or lowering the thermostat and wearing more sweaters. Or you can make big ticket changes like replacing windows, switching out old appliances for more energy efficient versions, or adding additional insulation.
- Organize Your Records
Collect all your home records including instruction manuals, warranties, and repair invoices into one location, physical or digital, where you can access them easily. Organizing these important documents helps you save money and plan for future repairs and improvements. These are also important records for insurance purposes as well.
- Get Smart
Make this the year your home goes smart. Smart thermostats, security systems, and other smart devices make managing your home easier and add value.
- Schedule a Home Inspection
Home inspections aren’t just for buying a new home. Existing homeowners can benefit from regular home inspections. With one phone call, the best home inspectors in Philadelphia will visit your home and take a careful look at everything inside and out, top to bottom. The inspector will review the major systems in your home including plumbing, HVAC, and electrical, to make sure that everything is working as it should. The resulting report is a guide to help you get your home into tip top shape.
Don’t procrastinate home maintenance one moment longer. Start making your home maintenance goals for the new year today. Your home is your biggest investment; make caring for that investment your resolution for this year.