Practicing New Year’s resolutions for homeowners is a great way to start the year.
A New Year’s resolution is a tradition in which you determine to begin a good practice or to accomplish a personal goal. Or, when you choose to change an undesirable behavior, shed a negative trait, or otherwise decide to improve your life at the start of the new year. Mostly, it is a promise that you make to yourself. A promise to begin doing something positive or quit doing something negative or destructive on the first day of the year. Resolutions give people something to look forward to; something to keep working toward. New Year’s resolutions for homeowners are promises that maintain or add value to your home. Even if you don’t follow through completely, the act of making a resolution shows that you believe and trust in your ability to alter bad habits and become a better homeowner.
Here are just a few great resolutions for homeowners to get you started:
We all know that we should save energy and live with less impact on the environment. But as homeowners, we have a special opportunity to make changes, updates, and other decisions that save energy costs and lessen our carbon footprint. Contact your energy provider(s) and ask if they will do an energy audit on your home. Typically, they will look for gaps in windows and doors that let cold (or warm) air. This can cause your HVAC system to work harder, use more energy, and cost you more money.
Many new homeowners don’t realize that that beautiful granite or marble countertops need regular sealing. Here are instructions for how to take proper care of your expensive surfaces.
Sweep the chimney
Each year, thousands of homes burn because of chimney fires. If you’re a new homeowner with a wood-burning fireplace or wood stove, commit this year and every year to have a certified chimney sweep clean it. You will protect yourself, your family, and your investment from chimney fire danger. And, make sure to use a certified chimney sweep. You can find more information here.
Clear the gutter
Gutters do more than simply catch the rain. They divert rainwater and melting snow away from your home’s foundation. It is important to make sure that the gutters and downspouts are free of debris such as rotting leaves and roofing granules. When gutters back up, water can damage your roof and your foundation. So, you should clean your gutters twice a year. Check out this video to see how to clean your gutter without a ladder.
Many parts of your home may have filters: the furnace and air conditioning system(s), the water system, your dryer (and some washers), the kitchen exhaust vent, and the humidifier or dehumidifier. Each type of filter requires replacement on its own schedule. Depending on how often you use them, HVAC filters should be replaced every three months or so. Water system filters vary by where they are installed in the system. Check each of your main home systems and create a calendar for replacing your filters regularly.
If one of your resolutions is to buy a new home. We can help. We specialize in homes in the Denver, North Carolina area. Let us work to find you the perfect home. Check out the newest listings here, or see these Denver area homes with fireplaces. If worrying about a chimney sweep isn’t on your list, opt for a home with an electric or ventless fireplace.
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