New Year’s resolutions for your home
In between mailing Christmas cards, and singing Auld Lang Syne – or maybe after all that – it’s a great time to think about ways to improve your home next year and start making concrete plans. It’s time for New Year’s resolutions for your home!
There are plenty of reasons why you might want to invest in improving your home in 2017, whether you’re planning to sell or just want a more efficient home. Regardless of the “why,” the “when” is now. Here are 5 ideas for changes to make in your home in the new year.
- Get out a notebook. This is the perfect time to make a list of all those little projects and problems that you notice through the year but never have time to plan for. Are you tired of cleaning clogged gutters? Write it down, and then write “Gutter Helmet.” Have you had enough of scraping and painting window frames? Write it down, along with a note to check into new vinyl replacement windows. Is your home’s exterior faded and dull? Write that down too – maybe new siding is in your future.
- Cut your energy use. The easiest ways to do this are by making sure lights are off when you leave a room, turning the heat down at night or when the house is empty and running only full loads of laundry and dishes. If you’ve already mastered those steps, installing new, energy efficient windows and sealing cracks and air leaks around doors and windows are other excellent ways to improve efficiency. Adding more insulation to your home is another good idea to cut down on energy use.
- Evaluate your entry. How does the entrance to your home look? Is it still beautiful and inviting, or has your front door gotten weathered and ratty? With no flowerbeds or landscaping, your front entry has to stand on its own in the winter and if it doesn’t measure up, a new front door might be the fix you need. Even changing fixtures or address numbers can enhance your curb appeal.
- Take a look around for inside jobs you can do now. For instance, do you have any leaky faucets? Have you drained your water heater and removed any sediment? Other ideas include cleaning out the lint duct on your dryer and replacing the grease filter in your kitchen exhaust fan. These things will keep your house in good shape, don’t take much knowhow or elbow grease and will help you avoid major – and expensive – problems later.
- Make a home improvement budget for next year. Studies show that home maintenance expenditures equal 1 percent to 3 percent of your home’s purchase price. An owner of a $100,000 home will spend between $1,000 and $3,000 on home upkeep, so build that into your 2017 numbers. And if you don’t spend it all, do some long-term planning and hang onto it for big-ticket items like a roof or new gutters when you need them.
It’s too cold right now to do some of the things that are certainly on your list, but that’s OK. Keep the list in a safe place and spend the next couple of months gathering the phone numbers and/or supplies you will need when you’re ready to jump on some projects.
Whether you need new gutters or want to create a dazzling entry to your home, look to Nyhof Custom Gutter & Aluminum. With an extensive line of gutter options, over 40 years of experience, and thousands of satisfied customers, we have built a reputation of doing the job right. Count on our experience both as a gutter installer and exterior remodeling contractor – we will help you spot problems before they cause serious damage to your house.