It is that time of year when many people are making New Year’s resolutions. You can make resolutions for yourself and your family, but you can also make resolutions as a homeowner that will enable you to better take care of your home and reach the goals that you may have set for yourself.
Consider a resolution that has to do with proper maintenance of your home or one about making an update you have been wanting to make. One resolution you may want to consider that is super easy and something anyone can do would be to change your air filters as recommended by your HVAC manufacturer. Many people discount the significance of this regular maintenance item and fail to do this as frequently as needed. Changing your air filters regularly will allow your unit to run at maximum efficiency and may save you money on costly repairs as well as extend the life of your unit.
Another resolution that would be easy to accomplish is to establish a schedule for proper lawn maintenance and stick to it. This should go beyond just the regular cutting of your grass. Walk through your yard and look at the areas that don’t look their best to determine if there is routine maintenance that might correct the problem. It may be something as simple as adding fertilizer, aerating your yard or over seeding your lawn. These items don’t have to be left to the professionals since most of them require little skill or specialized equipment. A trip to the hardware store to purchase the necessary materials and you will likely find an experienced employee that can offer recommendations on the materials you will need as well as how to complete certain items.
Another resolution might be to change or update something in your home. When you purchased your home, it may have been perfectly fine but after living there for five years it may need some extra maintenance. If you are ready to change your carpet or other flooring or paint your home, you need to have a plan to do this. Make your resolution to save the money you need to complete this item.
Another thing to consider as a homeowner’s resolution for the new year may be to learn a new skill that would be beneficial to you as a homeowner. Consider taking a class at your local hardware store that might teach you how to lay tile for new floors, how to paint properly or learn landscaping techniques so you can upgrade your yard. These kinds of resolutions will benefit you immediately as well as for the rest of your life if you continue to be a homeowner.
Maybe your resolution is to get your home ready to sell in the new year so that you can purchase a new one. If that is something you are interested in call me and let’s talk about the things you can be doing to prepare your home to sell.
If you made a small down payment when you purchased your home, you may have a resolution to make additional payments so that you can eliminate your private mortgage insurance sooner than expected. Private mortgage insurance is something you may be paying if you didn’t make a down payment of at least 20%. Eliminating this item will give you extra money in your budget that you can do something else with whether it is something at your home or for another part of your life.
Like any other part of your life, don’t go crazy with resolutions. It can be difficult to take on too much at one time however a few simple really resolutions that build good habits for the long term will benefit you for years to come. For additional ideas or specific suggestions on maintaining your home, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find a new home or determine the value of your existing property.
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.
Annapolis Fine Homes Office
2 Francis Street | Annapolis, MD 21401
Teresa Dennison is your ultimate real estate resource for Annapolis, MD and the surrounding area. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.
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