To maintain your property value and keep your home in good condition, it’s important to handle regular upkeep and maintenance. Here are a few home improvement goals to help you take better care of your house in the New Year.
Regularly Clean Your Gutters
Make it a point this year to clean the gutters as often as needed. The guttering system guides water off of your roof and away from your home. Keeping the gutters clean will help your roof stay in good condition while preventing leaks and damage to your landscaping from overflowing gutters. It’s recommended that you clean the guttering at least twice a year. However, if you live in a wooded area, leaves and pine needles may accumulate faster.
Improvement Goals Should Include Taking Care of Minor Home Repairs
Every home has dozens of minor fixes that are usually overlooked in favor of tackling larger problems. Make a list of all the small things around the house that you have been intending to repair. This year, take care of at least one of those jobs each month.
Tighten the cabinet hardware, replace the burned-out floodlights in the side yard, fix the squeaky laundry room door, and repair the dripping faucet in the downstairs bathroom.
Improve the Deck
A backyard deck is a great place to hang out with family and friends when the weather is warm. Spend time improving your deck to get it ready for summertime entertaining. Pressure-wash the decking boards and, after they’re dry, sand the rough areas. Apply a water-resistant sealant to help preserve the boards. Make the deck more welcoming by adding comfortable furniture, an outdoor rug, and throw pillows.
Create a Healthier Home
Promoting wellness in your home is a great home improvement goal. Purchase a water filtration system so you and your family will have clean, great-tasting drinking water. Designate space for a home gym in the basement. Alternately, you may choose a corner of the living room and add hand weights and a couple of yoga mats.
Put a basket of fruit out on the kitchen counter to encourage healthier snacking. Improve air quality with a whole-house air filtration system or purchase smaller purifiers to place in the most frequently used rooms of your home.
Home Improvement Goals: Learn a New Skill
To be a better homeowner, learn how to take care of your property. The community college in your area may offer continuing education classes on things like basic carpentry skills. Check with the local home improvement store for how-to clinics. You can also find great tutorial videos online. Learn how to repair basic plumbing problems, paint a room, and change out your light fixtures.