You know that feeling when you step outside on a winter morning and take a deep breath of fresh mountain air? We love that. Know what else we love? When the dust and glitter settle after the holidays and we can set some house goals for the New Year. Dare we call them – resolutions? The stats on people keeping their New Year’s resolutions are pretty bleak, about 8 percent, but we have good intentions for 2018. As you take a look around your home, consider where you can make improvements to create a happier, healthier environment for your family. Here are a few New Year’s resolutions for homeowners to get you started.
5 New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners
1. Reduce your energy usage
Perform an energy audit of your home to see where you can trim the fat on your utility bills. Seal any seams, holes, and connections in your HVAC ductwork and wrap them in fiberglass insulation. Check for drafts around your windows and doors and seal them to save big bucks on your heating and cooling costs.
2. Purify the air
Some New Year’s resolutions for homeowners are easier than others, and this is one of them. Changing your HVAC filter every month will improve your indoor air quality and extend the life of your unit. This resolution is especially important for families living with pets and allergy or asthma sufferers.
3. Start a home improvement budget
Start a separate savings account you can dip into for a big renovation project – like a new kitchen or bathroom. Stashing away just five dollars a day can really add up over time. Stick with improvements that will add value to your home so you can recoup your costs when you sell.
4. Clear out the clutter
If your closets are bursting with ski and snowboard equipment, it’s time to take inventory and clear out the clutter. Tackle one area of your home at a time and divide your stuff into three piles: keep, sell, and donate. Bonus: take any money you earn from selling your gear and put it in your home improvement fund!
5. Curb your water usage
Do you shut off the faucet when brushing your teeth? We hope so! There are plenty of additional ways to reduce your water usage. Install low-flow showerheads that reduce the amount of flow while maintaining great water pressure. A low-flow toilet requires just one gallon to flush, while older models use up to eight. Yikes!
It’s time to call a luxury homes realtor in Summit County
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to spend more time on the mountain and less time sitting in ski traffic? If so, you might be ready to buy a luxury home in Summit County. At Dwell Summit, we’re looking forward to another great year of showing homebuyers everything there is to love about the Summit County lifestyle. To kick off your search for the perfect property, give us a call at 855-DWELL-CO or fill out our online contact form.