7 New Year’s home improvement resolutions to make in 2019
New Year’s Eve is approaching fast, which means it’s time to start planning your New Year’s resolutions. And while a lot of people go with more personal goals for the new year, home improvement resolutions can not only make you personally fulfilled, but can also improve the longevity and value of your home down the road.
If you’re at a loss for what your home needs but want to get going on something, challenge yourself to take on a few of these New Year’s home improvement resolutions:
1. Clean out one room a month
Decluttering your house is a great way to start off the new year, but making a vow to clean out your entire home can feel overwhelming. Looking at your house room-by-room and allowing yourself a full month to clean up each space makes decluttering a whole lot easier. Setting aside an hour or two a week on one room can make a huge difference for your long-term goals.
Plus, researchers from Princeton University found that the more clutter you have, the harder it is to focus on specific tasks. So, by cleaning out your house one room at a time, it will actually become easier as you go.
2. Organize and redecorate problematic rooms
Most likely, there’s at least one room in your home that annoys you – whether you dislike the look of it or you feel you’re not using it well. This year, take on the challenge of redecorating or fixing up that room, or all rooms, that need a little TLC. Redecorating by changing paint colors, swapping pillows, or moving furniture around are easy ways to change up a room without costly renovations.
In his book The System of Objects, sociologist Jean Baudrillard makes the additional case that each element of design in a room, from furniture to furnishings, is a reflection of ourselves. So if a room doesn’t seem right to you, it may be that it’s not reflecting your personality right. Take the time to plan out how each room needs to work for you, how you want it to look, and then get to work.
3. Get Seasonal
By adapting to seasons and holidays as they roll by, your home can have a bustling and playful vibe no matter the time of year. Better Homes and Gardens’ seasonal decorating guide is a great source of inspiration for your home all year round if you’re ever in need of ideas. Planning out ahead of time what to do per season or holiday makes keeping up with the changing times easy. For example, changing wall art or switching mantel decorations are low-cost ways to keep your home feeling lively.
4. Spruce up your curb appeal
It’s always a nice feeling to come home to a great looking house. Good landscaping and curb appeal can even increase your home’s value by up to 15% according to Better Homes & Gardens. Breaking down the daunting effort of outdoor upgrades into smaller tasks makes the process easier to take on and accomplish. Feel out how long you think each task will take, then challenge yourself to set a schedule and stick to it.
You can start with the basics like cleaning your siding, getting your roof inspected, and pulling out dead plants and weeds on your lawn. Then, you can move on to more creative and fun tasks like repainting your door, landscaping your front yard, or adding a deck around back.
5. Go green
Going green has been a popular trend in recent years and for good reason. According to Energy.gov, up to $400 a year from the average American energy bill “could be going to waste from drafts, air leaks around openings, and outdated heating and cooling systems.” By updating your windows to Long’s Quantum2 Heat Mirror Windows, you can save money on your bills each month and prevent energy waste that harms the environment.
Other green improvements include installing a smart thermostat (to reduce energy when you’re out of the house or asleep), cleaning your air filters monthly, and switching all light bulbs to LED as they last longer and use less energy. Tasking yourself with a small project each month can get your home nice and green by the end of the year.
6. Do more DIY
According to a study from Google, 38% of people do DIY projects to save money while 47% of shoppers take on DIY projects because they enjoy it. Completing a project by hand and creating a unique item for your home creates a sense of satisfaction in most DIYers that also saves them money.
Challenge yourself this year to get more done with these simple DIY projects, even if some seem hard or demanding. Sticking through to the end can give you a strong sense of accomplishment, leading you to want to do more down the road.
7. Save for home improvements down the line
When saving money for renovations down the road, have a clear plan of how much you’re going to allocate each month towards building out a budget for upcoming home improvement projects. By saving early and being consistent, you’ll start building up the funds to make your dream kitchen or redo your back deck.
If you can, create a separate savings or checking account for your home improvement savings so you’re not tempted to use it on other home expenses throughout the year. Plus, having it separate will make your savings easier to track over time.
Create a safe, sturdy home in 2019.
No matter your resolutions this year or how well you keep them, having a sturdy roof is key to home health. Start off the year by ensuring that your roof is in tip-top shape and guarantee the longevity of all your new year’s projects. Contact Long Roofing at 866-270-7058 or visit us online to request an estimate.