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Three New Year’s Resolutions for Home Owners in 2015

The start of the new year usually prompts some aspirations at self improvement, but what about your home? As long as you are going to be rethinking how you treat yourself, you might as well include your home space as part of that process.


Simple tasks and projects can be done that help your home hold value, or that make maintenance easier. Accomplishing these goals can make your home easier to sell, or make a newly purchased home reliably appreciate in quality.


So in the spirit of making a change and building new habits, here are some New Year’s resolutions that will help you be better to the space you live in:


Keep up with Small Maintenance

 Small problems can nag us, but they can just as easily be ignored. However, a tiny issue with a home can balloon into a big one if unchecked over time. Remember to accomplish small tasks throughout the year in order to make maintenance less of a hassle overall.


Consider creating a calendar with common chores to be done and check them off as you go. Some tasks that often fall by the wayside include:


  • Replacing caulk on exteriors, sinks, showers and tubs
  • Cleaning tile grout to prevent mold growth
  • Cleaning out the gutters to prevent water from damaging your foundation
  • Raking leaves and clearing out vegetation to discourage insect infestations
  • Having your HVAC equipment serviced regularly
  • Inspecting your roof and shingles for damage


Go Green

 We can all take steps to make our homes more energy efficient. These measures can help us reduce our energy bills while also lessening our impact on the environment. Additionally, earth friendly homes have become increasingly popular with home buyers, providing your home with a unique selling angle.


Ways to improve energy efficiency include:


  • Installing insulated windows
  • Using appropriate weather stripping on doors and windows
  • Replacing attic insulation with blown-in products
  • Crafting a rain barrel system
  • Purchasing a programmable thermostat


Clean Your Home More Often

 A clean home is a happy home in more ways than one. Not only do clean houses feel bigger, brighter and have better air quality, but they also have less overall maintenance.


Cleaning chores are important for home components like floors, which can retain their finish and durability for longer when regularly mopped. Clean windows similarly let in more light, reducing energy bills in the winter. Make a promise to clean your house yourself or hire help this year. Your family will be happier, and your home will last longer.


These are just some of the ways to keep up with home maintenance during the new year. Doing so will help your Red Deer real estate property be more appealing to buyers in the long run. For more advice on simple habits that add value or appeal to homes, take a look at our selling page.

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