January 16, 2015 / By Trusst Builder Group
If you’re like most people, you made a New Year’s resolution this year. You might be committing to lose weight, stop smoking, or better yourself in some other way, but in general, the whole point of your resolution is to improve your overall quality of life. So, why not also make a New Year’s resolution for your home?
Take a moment and think about the goals you would like to accomplish this year. Which ones involve your household? If you need some help coming up with ideas, here are five New Year’s resolutions for your home from our Wilmington NC builders.
#1 – Increase Your Savings
After the holiday spending blitz, it is important to regain control over your expenses. It is even more important to find ways to improve your savings potential. You can start by being more mindful of how you utilize your utilities. Conserve electricity, water, and heat when and where you can and you’ll start seeing your utility bills drop. Look over your expenses and eliminate anything excessive or unnecessary. For instance, if you haven’t watched a movie on your premium cable subscription, consider trimming it down to a more basic service and you’ll save the extra money without sacrificing a thing.
#2 – De-Clutter and Organize
Clutter can turn any home into an unsightly and hazardous abode. If your closets are filled up and your garage has become a catch-all, then now is the time to clean it up and get organized. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used something in a year or more, then it needs to go. Hold a garage sale and you’ll be surprised at how much you might be able to make while freeing up your floor space.
#3 – Create a Weekly Cleaning Plan
If you let your home’s chores go until the weekend, then you wind up using all of your free time catching up on all of your cleaning duties. Instead, try committing to a weekly cleaning plan. For instance, make sure you clean up the kitchen daily. Put clean clothes away immediately instead of letting them pile up. Pick a night during the week to wipe down the bathrooms. Pick another night to dust the living room and bedrooms. This way, by the time the weekend rolls around, all you have to do is a quick run through and your home will be spic-and-span and you’ll have the weekend to enjoy as you see fit.
#4 – Make Your Home a Safer Place to Live
Another great resolution you can commit to this year is to make your home a safer place for you and your family. Here are a few things you can do to improve the safety of your home:
- Install carbon monoxide detectors
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors
- Purchase a new fire extinguisher for the kitchen
- Purchase a radon detector
- Clean the lint from the dryer exhaust
- Have your chimney professionally cleaned
- Have your HVAC unit inspected
#5 – Get More Hands-On
One of the most rewarding things a homeowner can do is to personally handle a home repair. This year, commit to doing more DIY repairs and you’ll not only learn more about how your house works, but you’ll also learn a little more about yourself. Of course, only tackle the jobs you are certain about completing. If the job is dangerous (such as doing electrical work), or overly complex, then you may want to call a professional.
Stick to Your Resolutions and Your Home Will Thank You
Most people break their New Year’s resolutions within weeks of making them. But, when you make a New Year’s resolution for your home, you’ll be more likely to keep it because it means your home will be better off as a result. In short, your home will thank you all year long with more comfortable living spaces, cleaner indoor air, a healthier bank account, and more personal satisfaction. There’s nothing like being a homeowner. Commit to your home and you’ll reap the rewards.
If you’re in the market for a new home, just visit Trusst Builder Group today or schedule a consultation with one of our Wilmington NC builders and we can help you build the home of your dreams. Just give us a call today at 910-371-0304 to see what we have to offer.