We have listed so many resolutions for your Windsor property this month, that we thought we finalize this matter with one big list that every homeowner should accomplish this year.
Whether you plan on selling your home or not, these are good ideas that will make any house run more smoothly while providing savings. And who doesn’t want to save some money in 2013?
1. Cut energy costs:
Seal and insulate your ductwork, which can improve your cooling, and heating system as much as 20 percent. Not only do you make your home more comfortable, but it also extends the life of your air conditioner and furnace. Also do the following:
- Turn off lights when you leave a room
- Turn off air conditioner when you leave the house and heater down to 55 at night.
- Water your yard less.
- Wait for dishwasher and washing machine to be full when you run them.
2. Budget for improvements:
It never fails, but home improvements or repairs sneak up when you and your wallet least expect it. Therefore, make it a habit to set aside money each month. Studies show that annual home maintenance costs approximately $3,000 per household. Of course, the more expensive your home, the more these costs will run.
3. Get organized:
No doubt about it, but clutter needs to go. Not only does it take up valuable space, but also it makes it easier to find something when you really need it. Dedicate one room a month to totally organize, by getting rid of anything you no longer need or use. Sell what you can and dump the rest. Make this a priority once and for all. You will be amazed at how much easier your life will be.
4. Make your home ready for entertaining:
How many times have we said this? We vow to make more time for our family and friends. If needed, update the entertainment area in your home by following these low cost ideas:
- Add some fresh new plants in colorful pots.
- Add colorful pillows or a new rug or runner.
- Rearrange furniture so it’s conducive to conversation and not facing the television.
- Move your art around or frame new pictures of your family.
- Clean your fireplace and if you have a mantle, change it up a bit. Add fresh flowers, candles or photos.
- Refresh your linens: By adding new sheets and towels, you are ready for guests at the last minute. With “white sales,” usually happening in January now is the time to stock up. Nothing looks or feels better than crisp sheets and fluffy towels.
5. Pick up a new home skill:
What is that you have always wanted to learn to do? Is it a specific home repair? Maybe you want to build something. There is nothing like the present to take a carpentry or interior design course at your local community college or look online for information. It’s amazing what videos are on YouTube if you want to learn a new skill.
6. Set up a regular cleaning schedule:
Remember hearing from our grandparents that each day was designated for a special household chore. Monday was “wash day,” and Tuesday was “ironing day,” etc. Well consider setting up a similar schedule. Rather than clean spontaneously, devote 30 minutes a day to cleaning a specific room or doing a certain task. Whatever works for you and your family makes it easier to control the messes that come along each day.
The goal for you in 2013 is to create a home that provides wonderful memories. We are all often so busy with our work and other priorities that we don’t spend the necessary time enjoying our household. Consider what is the most important to you and create a life that surrounds family, friends and home.