The beginning of a new year is an opportunity for a fresh start. Many people create lists of resolutions, such as saving money and adapting a healthier lifestyle, for personal growth and improvement. If you are a homeowner, there are many other goals that you can set to achieve that will result in a better home and better life not only in the new year, but in the long term, as well. Here are a few attainable resolution ideas to set for yourself and your home in 2016.
1. Become More “Green”
Conserving energy is not just for those who want to save the environment – it can help you save money, as well. As a homeowner, you pay for every watt of energy that you spend in your home. The less energy you use, the less comes out of your pocket. While a few one-time investments such as new insulation, solar panel installation, and new windows will make the most dramatic difference, there are many smaller, simpler ways that you can implement for a more energy efficient home. Replacing older appliances is a great place to start. Old appliances are far less energy-efficient than those available today. Monitor your usage of these appliances to minimize the energy spent. Also, switch to fluorescent light bulbs around your home. These last 8-12 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, resulting in a considerable amount of savings each year.
2. Better Air Quality
With so much smog and pollution in our environment, many of us feel safest in our homes. However, indoor air quality is one of the most common and dangerous health hazards that we face each day. Contaminants such as dust, dirt, mold, pollen, chemicals, and viruses collect easily in air filters and carpet and can cause severe allergies, asthma, and many other long-term illnesses. Rid your home of these toxins with frequent cleaning, enforcing a no-shoe policy, and regularly replacing air filters around the home. As carpet is a harbor for dirt and dust, replacing it with hardwood flooring is another great way to remove old contaminants and prevent new ones to improve the air quality for everyone in your home.
3. Budget For at Least One Major Investment
Every homeowner knows that the work to maintain a home never ends. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American family spends at least $3,300 on home improvement each year. Although this may seem like a large amount, a home improvement project can increase your home’s value significantly. Include one major investment in your budget this year. Hardwood flooring installation and granite countertops are a great way to beautify the home you love while improving your home’s worth.
4. Get Organized
De-cluttering should be on your list of new year’s resolutions, especially if you are a homeowner. The holiday rush can lead to things getting a little out of hand in the organization department. An annual purge can help you start the new year off on a fresh note. Get rid of the anything you don’t use or wear to make room for the things that you do.
5. Choose High-Quality, Durable Materials
Whether you’re installing new cabinets, countertops, wood flooring, or replacing an old appliance, always choose the best materials for your lifestyle. If you are going to spend the money, it is better to do so on something that will last through years. Poor quality, high-maintenance materials will cost more in the long run. You worked hard to purchase your home, so furnish it with the best that is available.