As we start fresh with a new year we start making resolutions to make our lives better. This year you may want to make some resolutions to improve your home. Here are some ideas for you to consider:
- Become more energy efficient
Whether it is installing new appliances and fixtures to make your home more energy efficient, or just cutting back on overall usage, you will be able to lower your bills and help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. Some of the things you can do to save energy in your home: use low flow toilets, low pressure shower heads, LED light bulbs, energy efficient appliances, and programmable thermostats. Plus you should do routine checks for drafts from windows and doors ensuring there is proper sealing and insulation.
- Improve indoor air quality
Indoor air quality is one of the top environmental health hazards because of the contaminants such as dust, mold, pollen, and viruses. Winter is the worst time for poor air quality as the house is closed up. It’s important to change your furnace filters regularly, up to once a month during peak heating and cooling seasons. You want to make sure your ventilation systems are exhausting air to the outside of the home.
- Budget for home improvements and maintenance
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau the average annual maintenance and home improvement expenditures are about $3,300 per household and other research shows that yearly home maintenance and upkeep is roughly 1-3% of your home’s initial price.
- Get organized and de-clutter
One great way you can feel better about your home is to clear the clutter. Especially after the holidays it’s important to follow the out with the old and in with the new mantra. You want to fill your home with things that make you feel good and with regular purging you will have more room for the things you enjoy the most. If you need more storage it may be worth the investment to hire a professional to make your home more functional.
- Switch to durable materials
If you are tired of having to keep up with the maintenance in your home you should consider switching to more durable materials. From new flooring to new countertops, we can help you choose materials that will stand the test of time.
- Invest in the space you love
If you are considering a remolding project in the New Year, invest in the spaces you use most often. Determine what is the most important to you and then come see us. We are excited to hear about what you have planned and are eager to go on this journey with you.
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