Homeowners pay attention! Your house called and there are a few things that it really wants from you this year. Don’t believe us? Keep reading for insight on what things you can do to make your house a happy, healthy home.
Before you begin
Before you know which projects to tackle, it’s important to have a well-stocked stash of tools and trappings. Your toolbox should have at minimum a hammer, nails, screwdrivers, tape measure, level, and socket set. Popular Mechanics shares more detail on how to assemble the perfect home-use toolbox in this post.
A Healthy Home
And now, your home’s wish list:
An energy efficiency audit.
You already know that lowering your thermostat can save you money over the winter. There are many other ways to make your home more energy efficient as well. Angie’s List Senior Writer Staci Giordullo suggests conducting your own audit by checking for air leaks around electrical outlets, doors, windows, and chimneys. You can also turn your hot water heater down to less than 120° and check that your attic, garage, exterior walls, and crawl space insulation are in good shape. And since there are tons of sales this time of year, it’s a great time to replace your outdated, power-draining appliances with new energy-efficient models.
To be more organized.
We all have issues with home organization in some shape or form. Our untidiness gets especially noticeable throughout the winter months when we are stuck inside with all of our stuff for days on end. But it’s time to clear the clutter so that you can see your home in all of its glory. Start in the kitchen by getting rid of small appliances and novelty gadgets that you don’t use. AllYou.com notes that your home office, garage, bedroom, bathroom, and kids rooms also need a little TLC. You can utilize empty wall space to hang shelves.
To be cleaned from the inside out.
You can clean your walls and windows until there is not a speck of dust in sight but there are still places you simply can’t clear out on your own. One of these can actually increase your home’s risk of going up in flames. The Spruce cites data provided by the US Fire Administration that outlines how built-up dryer lint triggers more than 2,000 fires each year nationwide. Cleaning your dryer vent can help lower your chance of this happening. You can do this yourself or partner with a local company that can clean your dryer vents as well as your air-conditioning ductwork.
A new paint job.
Nothing changes the mood of your home’s interior quicker than changing the color of your walls. Painting is an easy do-it-yourself project that simply requires patience, preparations, and a steady hand. The most difficult part about painting is the cleaning up process. Sherwin-Williams offers lots of information on how to properly store and dispose of leftover paint, which is something every homeowner should know how to do.
There are plenty of other projects that will enhance your home’s livability throughout the entire year. These include having your HVAC checked out before summer and winter and making sure your plumbing lines are ready to handle the cold. HVAC, plumbing, and electrical, however, are projects you should outsource to licensed professionals.
No matter the season, it’s always a good idea to make sure that your home uses less energy and is clean, safe, and organized. You don’t have to do any of these projects just because it’s the New Year, but you should certainly include creating a healthy home with home maintenance on your resolutions list.