It’s a new year, and you know what that means – Resolutions! No, these aren’t the resolutions that everyone breaks, like going to the gym or eating better. We are talking about resolutions for your home. These resolutions aren’t just going to make your life in your home a little easier, they can also save you quite a bit of money!
1. Take off your shoes!
This may be a no-brainer for some, but there are tons of people who still wear their shoes as they enter their home. In Wisconsin, it’s a lot more difficult to do this, especially with our winter gear, but it’s important to be mindful of this throughout the year. Dirt can ruin carpeting and rugs. Allergens and other nasty things will enter your home on the bottoms of your shoes, so take them off when you enter. We all want our carpet and floors to last as long as possible, so take off your shoes!
2. Clean your windows!
How often do you clean the inside AND the outside of your windows? For most, this isn’t a common occurrence. However, just cleaning your windows thoroughly once or twice a quarter can make a huge difference. Not only will they look nicer and add a feeling of space to your home, they also save you money! Yes, clean windows let that precious sun in, which can help decrease heating bills.
3. Start a maintenance fund!
Experts agree that a maintenance fund is an important thing to have for all homeowners. There’s nothing worse than unexpected maintenance issues. Busted HVAC, faulty appliances, and a variety of other issues can cost an arm and a leg to fix! So, you should put aside money regularly to a fund, so when these headaches occur, you have the money available. It’s recommended that you stash $1 per square foot of your home each year.
4. Change your HVAC filters regularly!
Another no-brainer that seems to be forgotten quite a bit is replacing your HVAC filters. While it’s recommended that you replace them at least every 3 months, it’s important to check on them regularly. Depending on usage, you may need to replace them sooner. Replacing these will allow easier air flow which can help lower those heating and cooling costs, while also extending the life of your furnace and A/C unit.
5. Conduct mini-inspections!
Unfortunately, homes don’t last forever. Roofs need to be replaced. Exterior cracks form. Chimneys need cleaned. There are potential issues that can hit you at any time. However, if you regularly walk around and inspect these things, you can notice when things begin and take actions to prevent a catastrophe. Walk around as if you are on an inspection. Look at the roof, chimney, exterior, heating units, etc., and you will begin to notice when things take a turn for the worst. This can save you money and headaches down the line.
Following these five resolutions in 2017 will not only save you money, but they will also alleviate stress throughout the year. Perhaps then you can follow through on those other pesky resolutions that seem to fall through the cracks!