January 9th, 2019 at 11:00 am


It’s that time of year again: The time when you commit to exercising more, eating healthier, being kinder, and all those other pledges that may or may not come to pass. However, there are some resolutions that are easier to keep than others when it comes to your home.

Inside and out, it shouldn’t take too much time to make sure your home is in tiptop shape. 

Here are just a few things you can resolve to do this year that will have you feeling accomplished and ready to tackle your next project. And, if you aren’t a homeowner yet, we’ve thrown in a few resolutions that might get you motivated to become one.


Modern air conditioners and furnaces typically need inspections once a year. Your utility company might provide a free furnace checkup, especially for gas units. Either way, it’s worth it to have a professional check them out to avoid future issues. Air conditioners collect dust and debris over time, which can reduce your unit’s efficiency. It’s easy to inspect filters to look for buildup, and replacing them is usually as easy as lifting the filter door, removing the old filter, and sliding in a new one. Check them for dust and other particles at least every three months.

Look for leaks

It might start with a drip, but water leaks can lead to major damage. Checking your home’s water meter for plumbing leaks can help detect and avoid a flood of issues. To do it yourself:

Don’t forget the loo

If you’re up for it, check toilets for leaks as well. There are two ways to do it:

Paint a room or two

Painting a room is among the most common do-it-yourself projects. It can not only brighten your home but also your mood if done right. If it’s been awhile, here is the right order to follow:

Get (re)-organized

Face it: You’ve probably got more than you need in your closets, kitchen, attic, and garage. Take time to get rid of unnecessary, unused, or useless belongings and reorganize. Set aside the same time every day or two if you can’t tackle it all at once. The first step is to throw away all the things you don’t need. You might be surprised at how much you can do without, and if you haven’t used something in six months to a year, you probably don’t need it.

Here are some organization ideas to get you started:

Not a homeowner? Resolve to be one

Attaining the American dream of homeownership is a great resolution. You don’t need a 20 percent down payment anymore, in most cases. They can start as low as 3 percent, depending on the type of loan. Plus, even though closing costs can run between 2.5 and 5 percent of the total cost of the home, they can be built into your monthly mortgage payment.

If you are a first-time homebuyer, don’t be discouraged and follow these guidelines:

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Talk to one of our experienced real estate agents today for home selling and buying advice. 

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