If you own your own home, you have probably started to realize that upkeep and maintenance projects are never-ending. To be a good homeowner and to maintain your property value, it’s important to care for your home. Here are a few ideas for home improvement goals for the New Year.
Make Regular Gutter Cleaning One of Your Home Improvement Goals
The gutters are an important system for your home. Their job is to funnel rainwater and snow-melt from the roof away from your house. Gutters can become clogged with leaves, pine needles, sticks, and other debris. At least twice a year, clean your gutters and make sure the water can flow freely through the channels. Maintaining your guttering system helps prevent roof damage, leaks, and erosion from overflowing gutters.
Learn a New Skill
You don’t have to be a handyman to be a good homeowner, but having a few basic tools and repair skills certainly won’t hurt. Hiring professionals to fix things around the house can be expensive, even when the issues are minor. You’ll save money when you learn to tackle some home improvement tasks. Local hardware stores or your community college may offer classes and how-to clinics that help you develop skills to repair plumbing, learn basic carpentry, and even install new flooring.
Saving money is helpful for any homeowner. When you boost the energy-efficiency of your property, you’ll use less power, extend the life of some components of your home, and see noticeable savings on your utility bills.
Use silicone caulk or weatherstripping to fill gaps and cracks around windows and doors. Change the HVAC system filter as recommended by the manufacturer, usually every 30 to 90 days. When the filter gets clogged, it reduces the efficiency of the system because it has to work harder to circulate temperature-controlled air throughout your home. Another easy way to boost energy efficiency is to install LED light bulbs to replace standard incandescent bulbs.
Home Improvement Goals: Tackle Minor Repairs
Most homes have small problems that tend to get overlooked when improvements and renovations are being made. A loose doorknob, missing cabinet handle, or dripping faucet usually doesn’t take priority. This year, make a list of at least 12 minor repairs that need to be made around your home. Add these repairs to your calendar and make a goal to complete at least one every month.