The New Year is almost here making now the perfect time to set a few resolutions. While most of your goals will be centered around work and personal life, don’t forget to set a few resolutions for your home.
Entertain More This Year
One of the joys of having a home is to invite your loved ones over for dinner, holidays, and parties. By setting a goal to entertain more this year it will make you think about ways to make your home more inviting. This might mean improving or creating an outdoor living space, making your guest room more comfortable, or adding more seating to your living or dining room.
Redecorate Or Refresh
Now is the perfect time to consider how you want to update your home in the year to come. This might include painting the walls or adding or updating wall coverings. Updating holiday decorations. Updating the lawn and garden. Rearranging furniture. Investing in new home décor. Maybe even redecorating one or more rooms in your home.
Rethink Your Home Security
Now is the perfect time to consider upgrading the locks on your windows and doors. With the recent advances in smart locks and keyless entry, there are many secure and convenient options to choose from. Our region has a low crime rate, but many families choose to have in-home cameras, exterior cameras, nanny cams, pet cams, and more. These options are internet connected and they’ve never been more affordable, giving you peace of mind when you are out and about.
Organize And Declutter
The longer live in your home the more you accumulate. If you don’t stay on top of things clutter and disorganization can take over. Here are a few tips for downsizing and keeping things organized:
- Practice the one in, one out rule—where you donate or sell an item every time you buy something new.
- Invest in item-specific organizational tools such as hangers, storage boxes, and furniture with built-in storage.
- Minimize paper clutter by scanning and saving documents electronically.
- As you pack away your holiday decorations set aside a donation pile for decorations you no longer use.
Make A Projects List
As a home owner, you must make ongoing investments to maintain the value of your home, and keep it looking its best. This includes ongoing maintenance, interior design projects, exterior landscaping, appliance and home system upgrades, and remodeling. This should include a seasonal checklist of which some items need to be completed by an industry professional—such as inspecting and tuning up your water heater, cleaning your gutters, and inspecting your roof. Your project list should include a budget for each category and how much you will set aside each month to ensure you don’t get behind.
Reduce Your Utility Costs
Setting a goal to reduce your carbon footprint in 2020 will also reduce your monthly utility costs. Some of the best places to start are:
- Transitioning to energy-efficient products and appliances.
- Cleaning your furnace filters at least every 6 months, and keeping your HVAC system cleaned and maintained.
- Adding, replacing or upgrading your insulation.
- Investing in smart home products that help you to improve your energy savings.
Deep Clean Your Home
Beyond clearing the clutter, keeping things organized, and staying on top of weekly cleaning you must perform a deep clean no less than once each year. This includes cleaning the ceilings, walls, carpets, window treatments, and behind and under all furniture. This is a daunting task but these items are required for ongoing maintenance as well as health and hygiene. If this isn’t a task you are up for yourself NoVA cleaning companies are available for deep cleaning. In addition to deep cleaning, set a new family cleaning schedule to more evenly distribute the work—and keep everyone on track. Or, hire a cleaning company one or two days a week.
Consider Upgrading Or Downsizing Your Home
The New Year is also a perfect time to consider if your current home still meets your needs. Maybe your family is growing or you are ready to move from your starter home into something a bit larger? Or maybe the size of your home or yard is getting too difficult or expensive to manage? Or maybe you are simply ready for a change? Now is a good time to map out when you want to move and what you are looking for in your next home.
If you are the market for a new home in 2020 we invite you to reach out to the team at Jerry Sardone Realty to discuss your dream home!